Inkthis show to focus on Helvetica letterforms

Design event organiser Inkthis is to hold its largest exhibition to date this month, featuring work from 40 international designers and artists.

Now in its third year, the event – held in Leicester under the theme of Facelift – will showcase a series of crafted letterforms developed from Helvetica through disciplines including type, design, illustration, sculpture, painting and graffiti.

The project will include work from 40 emerging and established artists across the globe, including Alex Trochut, Mario Hugo, Gary Taxali and Rinzen.

Inkthis partner Gert Kauer explains that the idea behind Facelift is to explore typographic structures through expressive methods, focusing more on the content of each letterform than on altered outlines.

Contributors to the exhibition have been given the freedom to experiment with their given character, keeping only to a consistent size allowing expanded boundaries in which the typographer is often confined, says Kauer.

Collateral and graphics for the exhibition (pictured above) have been designed by Inkthis.

The show runs until 9 May at the LCB Depot in Leicester. The Inkthis duo then plans to tour with the exhibition from June, taking it to the Coningsby Gallery, London W1.

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