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
E. typojanchi@kcdf.kr

Typojanchi 2011

Faber Finds
 
2008
Digital print, cut and glued, cover
12.5 x 19.8 cm each; thickness and extent vary
Typeface designed by Michael Place
Decorative elements designed by Marian Bantjes
Gener­ative software programming by Karsten Schmidt
London: Faber and Faber

Darren Wall
Born in 1980, UK

darrenwall.co

Faber Finds is an imprint of Faber and Faber, London, set up in 2007 specifically to reprint out-of-print books using print-on-demand digital technology. It has grown enormously, having made more than a thousand titles available again. You do not need to invest in printing 3,000 copies only to put them in your warehouse and wait for the demand to catch up: now each copy can be printed one at a time, once the order has been placed. This possibility has also implications for book design, as a few thousand copies of a title do not have to look the same anymore. In principle, each copy can be made to look unique.

The initial cover design system of Faber Finds exploited that possibility (now it has been replaced by a more generic template). Darren Wall, then senior designer at Faber and Faber, developed a generative template by which a different design is computationally created for each title. He commissioned Marian Bantjes to design four different borders, one for each genre: non-fiction, fiction, arts and children’s. The borders were then abstracted and disassembled into small units for a custom software written by Karsten Schmidt, which would reassemble them into endlessly varied patterns within certain parameters. A bespoke typeface was designed by Michael Place, which was inspired in part by the double-f logo of Faber and Faber.

Even if each copy is uniquely generated, all the Faber Finds covers produced by the system look remarkably consistent, making sure that they all belong to the same brand. One can imagine that much study and experimentation must have been done in finding right parameters and rules to harness the theoretically infinite possibilities.


Darren Wall is graphic designer and art director based in London. He worked at Faber and Faber from 2006 until 2008, and then started his own independent practice. He founded Read-Only Memory, a publishing company specializing in high-end books that document video gaming history, in 2012.

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