Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Barry Deck

Template gothic was designed by typographer and graphic designer, Barry Deck in 1990.  Barry Deck was a successful designer who created twenty typeface families.  His work is featured in major art magazines.  He also worked with well known companies such as Reebok, Nickelodeon, and Vox.  Other typefaces he designed are Canicopulus Script, Barry Sans Serif, and Mutant Industry Roman. Deck got his inspiration for this new post modern typeface from a laundry matt sign he saw at a local laundromat.  The sign was a simple, makeshift sign that was made from a stencil. Deck was given the sign after the owner of the laundromat received a proper sign.  This served as Decks inspiration for his famous work.   He liked this because it reflected his interest in type that is not perfect.  The design style during this time was modern, everything was clean cut and smooth edged.  Template gothic was one of the most successful typefaces of the 90's.  Similar typefaces that are within the template gothic family include Felth Gothic, Pink, Stemplate and Two for Two.  While discussing his inspiration for Template Gothic, Deck says this new font represents "imperfect language of the imperfect world inhabited by imperfect beings."  

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