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Somewhere in Estonia, two brothers huddled over a brazier. Beside them, a stack of discarded egg cartons. The air would be filled with the nutty scent of browning yolks and, likely, some wicked Uralic expletives. What could they possibly be up to? The explanation might seem stranger than this intro.
Yes, This Font Is Really Made From Fried Eggs.
When Vladimir Loginov and his brother Maksim say their fonts are handmade, they’re not lying. The Estonia-based designers have used almost every imaginable (and for that matter, unimaginable) material to hand-craft their typographic sets. Eggs, toast, fried potatoes, sausages—hell, you could easily spell “breakfast” out of all the food-related letters they’ve created over the years.
For designers & sunny side up egg lovers, here’s an appetizing new typeface created by the Estonian based studio, Handmade Font. The ‘Eggs Font’ is described as being made with 1,000 eggs, 10 pans and 1 bottle of oil – taking approximately 3 hours to complete, having caused 5 burned fingers. Ideal for breakfast menus or quirky art/illustration pieces, each egg white is shaped with precision to form every letter of the alphabet, and the yolks are used to represent holes in the letters, ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘D’, ‘O’, ‘P’ , ‘Q’, and ‘R’. The entire ‘Eggs Font’ collection can be purchased for US $70.
“…the result is a smart compendium of useful information about hip hotels, cool bars and groovy bookshops in cities including Zagreb, Helsinki, Dublin, Warsaw, Ljubljana and London.”
– Blueprint Magazine
Literal ‘Egg Font’ Is the Most Delicious Typography Ever.
A few weeks back we came across “Taste the Font” showcasing what some popular fonts would look like in food form. Well, now the tables have turned as Handmade Font has brought food into letter form. Ladies and gents, you can now type with Egg font. Like, the real deal. The Estonia-based company created these designs with actual eggs (1,000 of them, to be exact), all complete with picture perfect yolks. It only took three hours and a few burnt fingers to complete the whole typography set.
“In many ways, the guides in Graphic Europe are souped-up versions of the “pre-trip e-mail,” that poorly-formatted letter from a close friend who has lived in the city you’re visiting for the first time… these homemade guides are anticomprehensive, which is exactly why they’re so useful…. The suggestions in Graphic Europe are refreshingly digestible and casual, and they’re all paired with spectacularly idiosyncratic visuals.”
– Stephen Heyman, New York Times blog
Graphic Europe is a guide to 31 of the hippest cities across Europe, written and illustrated by illustrators and designers living in those cites. Cutting right to the heart of their hometowns’ eclectic arts-scenes, the designers reveal their favourite restaurants, shops, galleries, and hotels. Each chapter is stunningly illustrated using photography, hand-drawing or collage, reflecting the designer’s individual experience of their urban environment. The result is an intimate, user-friendly guide to the hidden recesses of the European metropolis. A book that appeals not just to the design market, but to any traveler with an interest in visual or alternative culture.
Welcome to Tallinn.
Synopsis: “We are designers. We are urban creatures, and the cities we live in inform who we are and what we do. We know the friendly restaurants, designed with love and care; the bars with alternative music, a good cocktail list, and a crowd that is cool but not intimidating. We know the little local gems that have remained reassuringly unchanged through the decades, the skylines and street-scenes that make our cities unique and the rivers and parks that give us space to think. We look for open-mindedness and experimentalism wherever we go, and we find inspiration in unexpected places.”