Contrasting with Convention

with Nina Stössinger

It is one of the most fundamental conventions in Latin typeface design that verticals are made thicker than horizontals. Designers that have challenged this rule often delight in — and emphasize — the outrageous strangeness of letters made thick and thin in the ‘wrong’ places. So is ‘reversed contrast’ just a recurring but ultimately useless provocation? Or might this intermittently hyped but largely neglected quadrant of design space yet yield promising, perhaps even useful new solutions? A tale of convention and contrast, exploration and experiment, of breaking and making the rules of design.

This talk took place Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 5:00pm as part of the main Typographics conference schedule.

About Nina Stössinger

Contrasting with Convention

Nina Stössinger is a Swiss type designer and typographer currently based in the Netherlands. She studied multi-media design in Halle/Germany, and type design in Zurich and The Hague. After several years of freelance typography and graphic design work for a wide range of Swiss and international clients, Nina currently makes type, sets type, writes code for type, and occasionally writes or speaks about type with her studio, Typologic.

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