(Provision) Type Style Finder
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Designers looking to express a psychotic mood through type can find this
quality in faces that have structural disconnects or treatments that disturb
their basic structures—unexpected changes in stroke weight or direction
within characters, inclusions of counterspace that break across strokes,
or jagged edges and abrupt joints that appear disconnected or fractured.
These qualities are enhanced in bolder weight faces, especially italics.
Faces that show disconnects in style—hybrid serif/sans-serif forms, serif
faces with unrelated or exaggerated formal details, or faces incorporating
condensed, extended, and italic structural attributes convey a sense of
disconnection. Typefaces with harsh, included treatments—textural breaks
or distortion—may also communicate a psychotic mood, along with those
that appear to have been cut, spliced, scratched, and so on.
Disturbed, aggressive, obsessive, hallucinatory—these qualities deﬁne
psychosis, a mental state not quite in touch with reality. Type and color
that exemplify this psychological disconnect show disturbance through
visual relationships that are anything but normal.
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MAGMA [Büro fur Gestaltung]
Sandra Augstein, Lars Harmsen,