Typojanchi 2013
Seoul International Typography Biennale

August 30–October 11
10:00 am– 7:00 pm
Closed every Monday
Free admission

Culture Station Seoul 284
1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-162, Korea
T. 82-2-3407-3500
F. 82-2-3407-3510

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Hosted by
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Organized by
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
Korean Society of Typography

Credits

Typojanchi 2013
Administration Office
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
5F, 53 Yulgok-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-240, Korea
T. 82-2-398-7945
F. 82-2-398-7999
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Typojanchi 2011

Dracula
 
2008
Offset lithography, sewn in sections, cased in cloth, foil stamping
15.3 x 24.6 x 3.7 cm (page dimensions 14.8 x 24 cm), 496 pp
Original text (1897) by Bram Stoker
Art by James Pyman
London: Four Corners Books

The Prisoner of Zenda
 
2011
Offset lithography, sewn in sections, cased, label
9.5 x 15.5 x 1.6 cm (page dimensions 9 x 15 cm), 272 pp
Original text (1894) by Anthony Hope
Art by Mireille Fauchon
Display typeface designed with Adrien Vasquez
London: Four Corners Books

John Morgan
Born in 1973, UK

morganstudio.co.uk

A graphic designer based in London, John Morgan established his eponymous studio in 2000. His projects have included prayer books for the Church of England, graphic identity for David Chipperfield Architects, and exhibition design for the Design Museum, London. He has written for a number of journals including Dot Dot Dot and AA Files, and has taught in various design schools, including Central Saint Martins and the University of Reading. His studio won the graphic design category in the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013 for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. He was also nominated in 2012 for AA Files, the Architectural Association’s journal of record, and in 2011 for the Four Corners Familiars series, a re-imagining of classic books.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the second volume from the Four Corners Familiars series, consists of a number of diaries, letters and newspaper clippings, punctuated by fresh pencil drawings by James Pyman. Morgan set the text with a different typeface for each character, choosing the ones contemporaneous with the original edition of the book: LTC Remington Typewriter Pro Italic for Mina Harker’s journal; Bulmer for Jonathan Harker’s journal; Bulmer Italic for Dr. Seward; Akzidenz Grotesk, which was released one year before Dracula was first published, for Dr. Van Helsing; Goudy Sans Italic for Lucy Westenra’s letters; Orator Standard for telegrams, truthful to the medium’s typography of the times; Century Expanded for newspaper extracts; and Greenwood for Sister Agatha. The yellow cover with the red title lettering is also reflexive of the first edition. The result is a book that speaks to the origin of this most famous vampire story, not only by bringing back some aspects of its original publication, but by actively imagining the possible forms of the raw materials before their reification as a novel.

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, the seventh volume in the series, tells the story of an Englishman who travels to a fictitious country called Ruritania for holidays, and ends up acting as a political decoy of the country’s drugged King for his resemblance to the monarch. While Mireille Fauchon’s make-believe illustrations of Ruritania play with the essentially imaginary nature of exotica, the theme of doppelgänger informs Morgan’s typography and book design. The title label on the cover is doubled by a hologram, suggesting the notion of authenticity. The display typeface, Rudy, was designed specifically for this publication by Morgan and Adrien Vasquez. The vertically repeated characters vaguely remind of blackletter types, hinting at the fictitious central-European identity of Ruritania. The body text is set in Renner Antiqua designed by the German typographer Paul Renner, which retains a dual identity of being both modern (upright, constructed uppercases) and “medieval” (more fluid, calligraphic lowercases). The typography is completed by the repeated paragraph marks.


Dracula

Dracula. 2008


Dracula

Dracula. 2008


Dracula

Dracula. 2008


Dracula

Dracula. 2008


Dracula

Dracula. 2008


The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2011


The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2011


The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2011


The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2011


The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2011


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