September 28, 2021
I discovered myself charmed by Oposta for numerous logical and visceral causes, a lot in the identical method I’m attracted by the sensual streamline of a 2022 BMW 8 collection Convertible. Clearly, there isn’t any commonsensical hyperlink between this extraordinarily expanded slab serif typeface and the bullet-nosed excessive efficiency Bavarian Motors vehicle however there’s a frequent sensation. I admit to having BMWs on the mind as of late and Oposta conjures up the modern perfection of a neatly proportioned (and exquisitely photographed) one. I’d like to check drive each.
The attract comes from the truth that each high and backside slab is exactly in sync with the letter adjoining to it. Image the phrase JULY, as an example, the higher slabs match collectively geometrically as one. The decrease bowls of the J, U, Y have sensual stability. As complicated because the letterforms are, simplicity nonetheless reigns.
The skinny strains on the decrease a, e, p, y are delicate to the intense. Magically, the higher and decrease circumstances flawlessly mix to kind distinct items.
Then there’s essentially the most ingeniously designed attribute of all: When composed as phrases in sentences, the midpoint of every letter aligns to recommend a straight line that’s slashed via the middle of every setting. That is arguably probably the most dynamic conceits I’ve ever seen – and no small design feat both.
Exaggerated heavy Italianate nineteenth century slab serifs have been revived throughout the Sixties Psychedelic period; they have been designed to ebb and circulation and their shifting contours achieved dreamlike results. Oposta is the other of that. It’s meant to be set in steady blocks, in strong darks and lights, and as if compressed into an rigid mass of phrases.
Steven Heller is nothing in need of a legend within the design neighborhood. Award-winning graphic designer, creator and editor of a whole lot of books (sure, 100s!) and one of many world’s foremost authorities on graphic design historical past; and arguably its finest design commentator. It’s also possible to observe Steven on the must-read The Every day Heller and skim his newest guide, Kind Speaks.
The fantastic half is that it reads completely nicely. Every letter and due to this fact each phrase is solely legible. There aren’t any encumbrances to thwart that means or understanding. That’s for those who don’t veer away and fixate on how lovely the Oposta O is. The horizontal interior oval is so beautiful, like a squinting eye in each phrase during which it seems. The O is my favourite letter, that’s for those who don’t rely the lowercase r; it’s the becoming a member of of sq., rectangle, line and half circle that all the time triggers a smile. ◉
Font of the Month #2: Oposta by DSType