July 14, 2024


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Hey Porter | Communication Arts


The brainchild of Amman, Jordan–based designer Tawfiq Dawi, layout firm and type foundry Hey Porter at first commenced in 2017 as a everyday poster undertaking. “I challenged myself to commit to 1,000 days with 1,000 initiatives, likely to mattress at 5 a.m. for about three yrs until eventually I accomplished each and every 1,” he says. “By the night time I established No. 095/1000 [the 95th poster in the series], I had fallen in love with making experimental letters and wordmarks. Just after that, creating fonts and typefaces arrived in a natural way to me and [formed] a huge component of my artwork apply.” Dawi cultivates a familiarity with the avant-garde, describing his typefaces as “big, fat, totally experimental and out of context.” When he works, he doesn’t believe that he’s generating “functional or ‘successful’ typefaces,” as he says. “I love the contemporary cure of typography with whole inventive independence that breaks the classic calligraphic policies.” This has not precluded Dawi’s work being  made use of by key customers, these kinds of as Apple Music, the Criterion Collection and TEDx. Between his influences, he counts Arabic calligraphy and Islamic geometric designs together with anime, comics, tunes, journals, pop culture and classic film posters, an eclectic list of media that motivates him to take a look at different visible realms. “I believe that in experimenting and training, and I hope I never stick in [one] typographic comfort and ease zone for long—or any other zones,” Dawi states. “I want to be a lot more and to understand more.”

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