Accept and Proceed Principal Designer Nigel Coutier Releases Letterform Variations

Accept & Grow Principal Designer Nigel Coutier announces the launch of Letterform Variations, a personal project that includes a book published by Slated, a font collection, and a range of artworks that create letterform using a basic grid and shape based system. Let’s look at the construction, and its ability to generate vast amounts of different alphabetical results.

Letterform Variation, A Playful Study in Letterform Construction

Letterform variation is the product of Nigel Coutier’s methodology for developing letterform that is partly based on visual changes generated by algorithmic functions, such as constraints, rules, grids, and modules, and partly on visual changes generated by composition, balance, and visual dynamics. About is based on designer decisions. Coutier’s modular systems are built within wide design spaces that facilitate the production of a nearly infinite range of outputs, but what sets them apart is the subsequent categorization of the choices they make, and their results. Edits as a competent and beautiful representation of alphabetical forms. This relationship between unbiased geometric figures and alphabet codes is in keeping with Paul Ellmann’s argument that the boundaries between typography, typography, and topography are never separate.


Letterform Variation Book / Image by Alistair Ramage

692 pages containing 19,840 characters, all derived from a simple structure. The book explains the scope and structure of the project and includes a large selection of possible outcomes. Section A (Letterform Variation 00) consists of a series of alternate characters or stylistic sets for each of the original Roman symbols (A–Z, A–Z and 0–9), all constructed in the same simple and primitive line grid. are prepared using . With 16 stylistic sets and additional punctuation marks for each character, it counts over 1,000 symbols.

“I’ve always gotten a kick out of systems-based design and art, and use formulas and data as tools to build. Gerstner, Morelet, Molnar, Mohr are all big influences. I love the idea That you can create something by creating a system and then pressing Go, and whether the system creates beauty or ugliness, there is still beauty in the system. You may just have to change the system a little bit to create beautiful results.” Nigel Coutier, Principal Designer, accept and move on.

Letterform Variation Book / Image by Alistair Ramage

Section B of the book contains 9 variations of the original complete set. These character sets (Letterform Variations 01-09) are adapted versions of the original system that replace the line grid structure with more subtle forms, geometric forms, and combinations of geometric forms. The language of typography changes by replacing stems and terminals with alternate forms. These characters have varying levels of legibility but express a secondary form of creation and graphic language; The geometric components within the characters interact visually with adjacent characters to form a kind of coded grid patterning.

Letterform Variation Book / Image by Alistair Ramage

The next Grid section displays example sketches of other possible grids for construction, intended to show the vast potential within grid-based letterform development.

Letterform Variation Font Collection / Images by Nigel Coutier

The font collection contains all 10 variable fonts with 16 options for each Roman symbol. Each font has a contextual optional script to make the letter selection feel random as you type. Altogether there are over 19,000 alternate characters within the two weights, but with each font being variable, it creates an almost infinite number of variations.

Letterform Variation Artwork / Image by Nigel Coutier

297x420mm Artifacts drawn mechanically on archival paper using Posca paint markers. Each letterform is produced only once, and all artworks are individual and unique, signed and numbered.


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