Colophon Foundry applies typefaces to products

Colophon Foundry, set up by Anthony Sheret and Edd Harrington, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an exhibition that shows its typefaces applied to products reflecting either the name or the meaning of each font.

La Fabrique
La Fabrique

For example the words Bohémienne Blondes are written on the side of an ash tray in La Fabrique, making it look all care-free and aloof, while ‘Thank You. Have a very pleasant day’ is applied to a shopping bag in Law, presumably to look instructive, informative and to the point.

Law
Law

Meanwhile the Leroy typeface is clear, precise and numeric on this ruler.

Leroy
Leroy

In all, 26 type faces have been plucked from the Colophon portfolio and one, Burgess, has been created especially for the exhibition.

Five Years features typefaces designed by Anthony Burrill, Benjamin Critton, Alison Haigh, Oscar & Ewan, Studio Makgill, and Dries Wiewauters for Colophon, as well as typefaces by the Entente, which was run by Sheret and Harrington before they set up Colophon.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, published by Colophon Foundry, and edited by Benjamin Critton, featuring an essay by Aileen Kwun.

Castledown
Castledown

The Colophon Foundry also features in the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year exhibition. It’s been nominated for the Castledown Primary School Type Family.

The typeface was first developed for the school, but has since become a system that aims to unify typography throughout UK primary schools. It can be used as an aid for learning handwriting and has been designed to be easy for dyslexic children to use.

Colophon Foundry, Five Years, runs from 4-26 April at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.

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