-" Constructivism's central idea is that human learning is constructed, that learners build new knowledge upon the foundation of previous learning" Phillips, 1995.
This is my first Construction based on the theme of "Rebirth". I chose this theme as I wanted to investigate how a country is "reborn" after a war or a revolution. This led me to read an article about graphic design ideas that came from the Russian Revolution. One of them was Constructivist typography-combination of contrasting shapes and sizes. I looked at the work of El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko. From this research I began to cut out shapes of different sizes and began to construct letters- however, this idea didn't translate well in FontStruct. To widen my research, I looked at Constructivist and Soviet Brutalist architecture which my font was inspired by. It reflects buildings like the Polytechnic Institute of Minsk, The Palace of Ceremonies, and the Georgian Ministry of Highways in Tbilisi.
This font was a response to the theme 'community' and focused on the Birmingham based womxn skate group "Brum Girl Skate". I looked at the structure of skateparks and reflected the curves and flowing arches found in these ramps and bowls. I also explored concrete as a skatepark material and incorporated it's association to Brutalism. This contrasting, combination of brutalist, angular geometry and the movement and flow of skatepark structures created Brutal Bab!
Concrete Honesty is a font based on brutalist architecture:
My aim was to create a set of letters that emulated brutalism’s raw and unpretentious honesty while still conveying the large scale and uncompromising structure brutalist architecture hold. I wanted each letterform to feel grounded with a strong foundation like the building designs.
The font makes use of bold shapes/surfaces and corners as I tried to find balance between asymmetric design of brutalist architecture and the consistency of a legible typeface.
A display font inspired by brutalist architecture and 3D concrete forms in built up city centres. Designed to give a sense of scale and weight.
A big hulking Brutalist design.
Original size: 19pt
See also: Solidity