Lyon process report
A book showing the process of designing Kai’s Lyon typefaces in a very raw, exhaustive and direct way. The title is derived from Eric Gill’s dictum: ‘Letters are things, not pictures of things’. In the case of this book, the printed letters have again been photographed.
The book shows photographs of annotated sketches and test prints, with further annotations printed on top of them; the paper qualities and colours are indicators of the different parts of the book (the “sketchbook” part, the “test prints” part with teacher’s annotations on a different colour paper, and the “text sample” section in the end). This results in an incredibly dense layering of information, much like the Type]Media master programme during which these typefaces were made.
The book was also designed as a fast-ageing, perishable object which, like the collection of the printouts shown, is only valuable, substantial and interesting for a short period, only to become insignificant, discardable and prone to decay.
396 pp, 20×24 cm, Self-initiated, 2006