Florian Schimanski
Graphic designer from Germany, currently living in Arnhem, the Netherlands. I am interested in working in the cultural field on graphic and type design, research and publishing projects. In my work I combine my interests in music, science and coding. Together with Tobias Wenz I run the type foundry Typocopter.


EDUCATION:
2011—2014 Physics (TU Darmstadt, GER)
2014—2018 Graphic Design (HS Mainz, GER)
     2016 Graphic Design (ArtEZ Arnhem, NL)


CONTACT:
mail@florianschimanski.com
+49 (0)157 86 86 81 26

Graphic Design

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Typedesign

2018

A monospace typeface inspired by “Johnston Sans”, the corporate font of the public transport system of London. Mixed with some typical typewriter shapes, a large x-height and a generous character width. For better legibility it comes with some duo-space alternatives and ligatures. Bold style in progress.

→ Available at typocopter.com

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Research,
book, app

2018

An almost forgotten online archive gives an insight into the beginning of the Netlabel culture from the 1990s. This project translates their ideas and values (non-profit, open-source, anti-capitalistic) to the present age. By scanning the pages with the accompanying app, one can listen to the music. The book and all its content is published under a Creative Commons License in an edition of 15 copies.

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GRADUATION SHOW:

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Flyer, invitations

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Poster

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Catalogue, poster

2017

There was no graduation catalogue for a long time at Hochschule Mainz. Unfortunately the works and projects of the former students got lost. Archiving, indexing and sorting are the main themes in this catalogue and the identity for the graduation show “Place Your Work Here” in summer 2017.

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Typedesign

2017

A geometric grotesque typeface based on the Golden Ratio. In some letters you find it up to 13 times. In collaboration with Tobias Wenz.

→ Available at typocopter.com

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Booklet

2016

When text is rendered by a computer, sometimes characters are displayed as “tofu” — little boxes to indicate your device doesn’t have a font to display the text. Google has been developing an open source font family called Noto, which aims to support all existing languages. The name Noto is to convey the idea that Google’s goal is to see “No more Tofu”. This booklet is a tribute to that disliked symbol and contains a collection of more than 100 tofus.

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Book

2016

By hacking the website of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, I got access to all the art pieces that were on display in September 2016. Every page represents one room. The book is unbound and plays with the low opacity of the paper.

RTTTL COMPOSER:

Lasercut records

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RTTTL scores

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Coding, music

2016

Chatbots are able to analyse texts, they look for patterns and word combinations to adapt the way of talking. By teaching them “Ring Tone Text Transfer Language” (RTTTL) developed by Nokia to transfer ringtones to cellphones, my chatbots create music while talking. Based on pieces by Beethoven they learned to compose. In the end I translated the RTTTL scores back into common music notation and recorded a live interpretation by Ernst Seitz. The results are captured on vinyl records made with a laser cutter. Listen to the music below.

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→ Human

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Booklet

2017

Series of booklets containing lectures about typography. First two issues by Gerard Unger and Ute Brüning. Commissioned by Designlabor Gutenberg, Hochschule Mainz.

→ Available here

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Typedesign,
experimental

2016

A typeface inspired by musical notation and the physical process of creating sound. Every letter has influence on its previous letter, what makes the whole text moving until one stops typing.

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STUFF:

Concert poster

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Poster and flyers for local referendum

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Posters, flyers and graphical work for concerts and other local events.