FILIPINO FOLKTYPE FOUNDRY BOOK
Been busy these past few weeks settling in our latest residents from France and getting this year’s crop of Hardworking, Goodlooking books out. But here’s an update: The pictures above are from one of the projects we are working on, called Filipino Folktype Foundry. It includes interviews with and graphic exercises by 24 sign painters from Metro Manila. And 4 essays on Filipino sign painting by two guys who wrote their undergraduate theses on the matter, a graffiti artist experimenting with local fonts and OCD. And over 15 stroke manuals for locally made folk fonts. And a few murals by Nuno, the graffiti artist we mentioned who’s been working on a new project call Street Signs, using local folk fonts to create huge landmark street/area signs in a city infamous for not having proper road signage. Our research team is composed by 5 anarchist activists (the guys who camped out at our Bayung Mardika festival). The book will be designed by Dante Carlos, a Filipino American graphic designer who is responsible for some of the amazing design work for the Walker Art Center. Of course, FFF will be lovingly ghetto printed by our favorite Recto Avenue printers, Cute Bookstore.