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How was your weekend? This weekend I learned a cool concept from Japan called Kintsugi. Kintsugi is the art of repairing pottery. Instead of throwing away broken pieces of a bowl or a cup, we glue the pieces back together. This philosophy is about embracing the complete history of the object, including its repair and flaws, rather than hiding it. I find this to be a valuable concept for life in general, especially for relationships. Maybe it can even be helpful for you this week? I hope you have a good one.
img: sample of Pilowlava, paired with Space Grotesk
Do You Know Pillow Lava?
There is something crazy about Pilowlava. It is one of the most decorative, creative fonts I have seen in a while. Not your typical serif or sans serif, Pilowlava is a lot more extra than a regular old display font. The source of inspiration for Pilowlava is the reason for its stimulating shapes. Pillow lavas are Pillow-shaped lavas formed from the extrusion of lava underwater. Hence, the font is appropriately named, with voluptuous ebbs and flow on the letters. Our eyes are naturally drawn from one letter to the next on this font.
img: actual Pillow Lava; source: wikipedia
img: font detail of Pilowlava
img: Pilowlava in 3D, source: velvetyne.fr
img: Pilowlave pairs nicely with Space Grotesk
How can I use it for logo?
It’s difficult to use Pilowlava as a logo font, primarily because it has limited legibility. Regardless, it has been used in logos. It’s a trendy, decorative font with a lot of character for a creative brand targeting demographics on the younger side.
img: Pilowlava used as branding for xgender, an inclusive community; source: FontsinUse
How can I use it for branding and marketing?
img: Pilowlava being used as branding for a gallery; source: FontsinUse
Want more Pilowlava? See it in action in this video about the Difference between Whiskey, Scotch, and Bourbon.
There is a long battle between text and image. Is it the text that pulls on our heartstrings, or is it the picture that’s worth a thousand words? Maybe there is a happy marriage between both in the text as image approach, where the text communicates about the subject visually, in addition to through its meaning. This technique has had a long history in art, design, and publishing. An example is the concrete poetry movement in the 1910s.
img: George Herbert’s “Easter Wings” (1633), printed sideways on facing pages so that the lines would call to mind angels flying with outstretched wings; source: wikipedia
For branding, sometimes we see a similar visual trickery at play for logos. The classic FedEx logo uses this technique in a more clever, conceptual way: it uses the whitespace created by the letters to create a hidden, additional iconography.
img: FedEx (US shipping company) logo with a hidden arrow. did you spot it?; source: fifteendesign
What would happen if you try this in your marketing visuals?
Every week we feature beautiful photos from our subscribers and community. This week we have a lovely sunrise from Joshua Tree in California, USA. JR is a wireless networking engineer, creator, and maker based in California. Thank you, JR, for this beautiful photo!
Img: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA. source: JR
Interested in contributing an image? email me your image for a chance to be featured!
Can you create a visual for Twitter or Instagram using Pilowlava, Text as Image technique, or the color palette we featured today?
…for reading and hanging out here this week! Pilowlava is available here.
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