April 7, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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Piss vs Hair vs Typography

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Today, I selected two experimental typefaces made of opposite materials: solid vs liquid; hair vs piss. Both projects have a kind of visceral quality to them. Dutch designer Monique Goossens used strands of human hair to create her letters. ‘Hair Typography’ was designed by meticulously arranging bunches of hair into …

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Today, I selected two experimental typefaces made of opposite materials: solid vs liquid; hair vs piss. Both projects have a kind of visceral quality to them.

Dutch designer Monique Goossens used strands of human hair to create her letters. ‘Hair Typography’ was designed by meticulously arranging bunches of hair into the shapes of single letters. The letters’ thicks and thins bring to mind other-worldly creatures, menacing and beautiful at once.

“The hair letters consist of hundreds of hairs and give the impression of being fine pen drawings. The basic shape of the letters is created by forming the hairs into a legible character, during which process I follow the natural characteristics of the hairs: curly, rounded corners, springiness.” Says the designer, “The ends of the hairs create an organized chaos, an energetic play of lines which forms a haze around the letter’s basic shape.”

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On the other hand, Designer and Musician Anton Bodin wanted to do something appropriate to the sound he and his band play, dirty hardcore punk. For their debut album “Apathy & Cheap Thrills,” he decided to create the logo with pee, then when completed, he realized it would make an interesting typeface.

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Six months and 300 peeing times later the alphabet was completed. But it was not as simple as it sounds. First, it required a team so all the band members took turns urinating. Also, they needed the right canvas, so they experimented with a number of fabrics ranging from new materials to old bed sheets. Once they found the right materials, they created a special frame to capture the letterforms. As you can imagine, they have to photograph them within five seconds otherwise the forms evaporate.

In the end, they digitize each letter and Pissjar Sans was born. If you like the font, you can download it for free here.

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