Colophon are a Brighton based type foundry run by Ed Harrington and Anthony Sheret. As well as commissioning and promoting the work of many upcoming type designers, the team also create many fonts in house, for use on all manner of projects. The work is clearly the result of people who know their trade well and whilst there are nods to many type movements and styles, every font Colophon stock has an individuality and forward thinking approach.
The typeface Central Avenue, designed by Studio Makgill illustrates this combination of old and new perfectly. Originally created for Birmingham’s infamous 1886 exhibition of Local Manufacturers and Natural History, the typeface is intrinsically linked to Victorian sign painting.
Holding onto some of the imperfections and ‘personality’ of the original signs, while cleaning up the over all appearance, the final typeface manages to bridge the gap of time well.
It is always exciting to see the type industry alive and kicking. It is even better when these designers are creating work that understands its past while looking firmly to the future.