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May 11, 2009

Good types and good typographers can really made my day… especially if their visual language is somehow connected with the comprehension and understanding of human reactions and sign dictionary…

As a matter a fact, I think that every designer creates his/hers very, very own sign compendium and that’s the most intriguing thing that attracted my attention…

emotip_.jpgPi+Symbol typographic construction – emoTip+ by N.  N. Polondak (c)

Last project that moved me in that direction was newest work by designer Natalija Nikalj Polondak ‘Pi+Symbol typographic construction’ created as OpenType typography which author categorizes as Info-design.

OpenType is created as a typographic system enabled for documenting / tagging different emotional conditions, the emoTip+.  Therefore, the project can be used widely in public spaces and in a personal environment.

Monitoring_font.jpgFont: Monitoring by Natalija Nikalj Polondak (c)

Designer describes emoTip+ as building blocks, each differ from other, ready to be combined with an aim to visualize 14 emotional states, no matter which prefixes they have: plus or minus. Polondak opened the structure in order to open the system of signs for ‘linear and non-linear models, like some mental maps or intimate info-graphics’.

In its basic form, emoTip+ represents a turn of 252 hours/ 12 hours per day / 21 days with a possibility of colour management which could potentiate the process of colouring each category: five colours making jointly 70 colours in the map.

Monitoring_type.jpgFont: Monitoring by Natalija Nikalj Polondak (c)

Describing her project Monitoring, Natalija perfectly summarized the way she sees thingz in design: ‘Primary goal was to design a font, but for now, the result is a sign system. Motivation has derived from three sources. One was the subject of restraining access to information, such as passwords and security levels. Other entirety that motivates me are safety sign systems, in accordance with my usual designer research interests – mass systems for open spaces – in example, IALA and IMO signalling and orientation signs on sea. In the end, to advance the idea, I used third source – monitoring.’

Monitoring_poster.jpgPoster Monitoring by Natalija Nikalj Polondak (c)

‘Issues that are also appetizing are pictogram systems and geographical and nautical chart signs, as well as topographic signs. Inside my own sign system there are satellite monitoring and air surveillance signs, in form of doubled rounded element that is drawn into the sign structure, comprised with symbols that suggest direction note or movement curve as linear entry, arrows, dots, array of lines, warning signs’.

Monitoring_font_1.jpgFont: Monitoring by Natalija Nikalj Polondak (c)

Natalija Nikalj Polondah (1971, Zagreb) holds BA from the Academy of Fine Arts. At the moment she’s working on her MA thesis (emoTip+) at the Visual Communications Design department of Fine Arts Academy in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Her artworkz were exhibited at solo and group exhibitions. She works as designer in IT industry.

8 Comments
May 13, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

I don’t know where exactly you where going in explaining the
OpenType, … it is now quite common format of any computer based
font… Anyway: I see you like the concept and analytical regard on
things. Plus tech style.:) Even if I see a lot of study, effort,
knowledge and nevertheless pure sweat in project of Mrs. Polondak,
I have to say: it lacks life. Informational graphics might be
formal to certain point to convey the message but seriously, it
certainly must not be abstracted and computerized to the stage,
where it does not communicate anymore. Do you remember First Things
First Manifesto? It sure looks great, but what it is all about? Do
we have the luxury to ask this question when comes to infographics?

May 13, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

I don’t know where exactly you where going in explaining the OpenType, … it is now quite common format of any computer based font… Anyway: I see you like the concept and analytical regard on things. Plus tech style.:) Even if I see a lot of study, effort, knowledge and nevertheless pure sweat in project of Mrs. Polondak, I have to say: it lacks life. Informational graphics might be formal to certain point to convey the message but seriously, it certainly must not be abstracted and computerized to the stage, where it does not communicate anymore. Do you remember First Things First Manifesto? It sure looks great, but what it is all about? Do we have the luxury to ask this question when comes to infographics?

May 14, 2009 @ 8:35 am

the simplest as you can possibly imagine, covering just one aspect
of typography… obviously, i’m one bad taoist… 😛 although, i’m
quite concerned about your remark on being analytic… shit, i
don’t wanna be analytic… 🙂 yeah, it’s not applicable, i agree…
but i still like it, more in a sense of idea and visual
comprehension… i knew you will distill barnbrook (even in the
shadow 🙂

May 14, 2009 @ 10:35 am

the simplest as you can possibly imagine, covering just one aspect of typography… obviously, i’m one bad taoist… 😛 although, i’m quite concerned about your remark on being analytic… shit, i don’t wanna be analytic… 🙂 yeah, it’s not applicable, i agree… but i still like it, more in a sense of idea and visual comprehension… i knew you will distill barnbrook (even in the shadow 🙂

May 14, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

i know i know… hehehe… nooooo, you think being bit analytical
is a bad thing? noooooooo Paul Valery said: it is better to fly
like a bird and not like a feather… But you have to fly first,
flyyyyyyy :)and then make boundaries and rules…

May 14, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

i know i know… hehehe… nooooo, you think being bit analytical is a bad thing? noooooooo Paul Valery said: it is better to fly like a bird and not like a feather… But you have to fly first, flyyyyyyy :)and then make boundaries and rules…

May 15, 2009 @ 7:08 am

no, i don’t think it’s bad, but predictable… and i’m scared of
predictability… that’s my engine to fly…

May 15, 2009 @ 9:08 am

no, i don’t think it’s bad, but predictable… and i’m scared of predictability… that’s my engine to fly…

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