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Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

Creative industries Festival G8 has presented its 2022 visual identity. The associations that immediately come to mind are the unity of nature and people, cell division, and organics.

The «grow and divide» principle was guiding the creation of the corporate visual identity created by a large team. The font design studio TypeType is one of the participants in the creative process of making the font and logo.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

The team was invited to participate in the project at the peak of creative activity. We were introduced to the visual identity concept, which TypeType had to sustain typographically in font development.

«Organics that visualize the dynamics of creative thought in the botanical world» is the main idea that was brought to life by the designer Denis Bashed and Easy Digital Agency.

As noted by the organizers of G8, the «grow and divide» principle guiding the visual identics is also reflected in the new logo. It will change for the whole duration of the festival, growing, dividing, and becoming one whole entity again.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

The team shared the idea to design all festival communications as experimental notes taken by scientists. We wanted to sustain this thought in typography. Selecting a font, we tried conveying an image of scientists describing the results of their experiments. We wanted to choose a font that would transmit the idea without attracting too much attention to itself. We were looking for a reasonably neutral font that would not be too ostentatious.

We were inspired by the fonts Cyrillized in the 80s and 90s with their «strange» Cyrillics that a modern onlooker is unfamiliar with. The studio’s TT Interphases was chosen as the basic font, and we selectively changed some of the glyphs so that the set would gain its slightly messy, quirky flair, bringing about the right associations.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival
Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

We have to admit that among the options, there was a more radical version in which we changed some of the characters for «scientific» notations. But this idea seemed too straightforward, and we decided not to go there.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

After internal iterations, we provided the festival team with 4 upright and 4 inclined faces with altered Cyrillic: Regular, Medium, DemiBold, Bold.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

But before the work on the font began, the TypeType team was invited to participate in the creation of the festival’s logo. After discussing the concept, especially the «grow and divide» principle, we realized what we needed to do right away. The analogy between the number 8 and the dividing cells came almost immediately and we started to embody it. We decided to illustrate the process using a variable font, and that was how we found the right solution. You can see the result yourself.

Grow and divide: Creating a font for the G8 festival

Taking part in the G8 creative process was a great experience and thousands of participants and viewers can evaluate the results. We were happy to support the project on a not for profit basis.

Participants:

  • G8 festival organizer—Vitaly Bykov
  • Project art director—Denis Bashev
  • Head project designers—Easy Digital Agency
  • Corporate font and logo provider—TypeType

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