FONTFEED covered this project in an interview on their site: “Last month I learned about two beautiful typographic projects via FontShop BeNeLux (contrary to what some people think, that’s not me managing their social media). Both projects were created by Atipo, a small studio located in Gijón in Asturias in the north of Spain. It was set up by Raúl García del Pomar and Ismael González in the beginning of 2010. After working in other graphic design, web design, and branding studios, the two partners wanted to start a more personal venture. This new studio allows them to approach projects from different perspectives, freely combine all the disciplines they love, such as typography and type design, photography, illustration, video, and so on. The first project is Fontface, a series of posters merging the expressiveness of manual gesture and type design in honour of four outstanding typefaces.
Where did you get the idea for this series of typographic posters?
“During the first year after setting up the new studio we investigated a lot in the field of typography. On the one hand we developed the serif face Calendas for one of our projects, and we are currently working on another type design which will be revealed in a few months. On the other hand we wanted to do a series of typographic posters celebrating four classic typefaces, but approaching them from an unexpected angle. We had the original idea when viewing the series Paradise portraits by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf. This convinced us that the marriage of make-up and typography could produce beautiful and convincing results that would stir the typography world.”
How did the posters take shape?
“The entire series – from concept over make-up to photography and video – was executed by members of the studio. The characters were drawn directly on the model’s face, without digital projection or any other technical assistance, taking only reference from a sketch on the laptop monitor. We preferred the process to be gestural and organic, where the imperfections created by the act of painting by hand add to the expressiveness of the design.”
“The model is Laura; she is a graphic designer too. She loved the idea, and was very patient during the long sessions – make-up sessions lasted between 2 or 3 hours for each fontface, plus an hour or two to shoot the poster. The photo sessions were spread over time during the summer of 2010, but the posters only went public when our website went live last week.” READ MORE at: FONTFEED