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Information

Zyxt is a graphic design studio and independent publisher working on both self-directed and commissioned projects. We focus on art direction, visual identities, publishing, exhibitions, and online projects primarily within the contemporary arts and culture sector.

Founded by Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan upon graduating from Central Saint Martins as a progressive and inquisitive based practice that seeks to form partnerships with artists, designers, curators, publishers, cultural organisations and institutions.

List of Projects

SELECTED PROJECTS

Selected Project

Typeface

Vetemon

Vetemon

If I had to explain very simply, I study how people came to be.
That could explain why I happen to be in Sinnoh.
In Sinnoh, there is a myth on how the world came into existence.
Investigating that myth may give me insight on the emergence of people.
I found something very interesting soon after arrival.
You may have it, if you’d like.

I’m told that Plate was created at the same time as Sinnoh.
The plate I found bears this inscription.
The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds
The rightful bearer, I think, may point to the shaper of this world.
Oh, by the way, I’m only interested in the words and thoughts left behind. Physical artifacts like that Plate don’t interest me once I’ve read them.
I hope we meet again somewhere.

Available in Mythical.

Image 1–7: Courtesy of NASA & NSSDC

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Publication

BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹

BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹

BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹ is an inquiry into whether or not a typeface can be absent in its own type specimen. Negative space becomes positive space, secondary becomes primary, reference becomes content. False protagonist Booq Alt delivers the performance of Booq—a typeface whose identity can only be imagined through the interplay of transcribed lectures by John Freeman, Esa Matinvesi and Krister Olsson from Booksfromthefuture Summer School 2015 and a pool of public domain images.

A publication by Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan, published in parallel with The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book (Booksfromthefuture, 2015).

First edition, Print on demand
Softcover, 107.95 x 174.752mm, 388 pp
ISBN 978-1-326-40233-4

Publisher: Zyxt and Booksfromthefuture
Editor: Masaki Miwa, Ying Tong Tan, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Guest Editors: Krister Olsson and Esa Matinvesi
Concept and Design: Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan

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Typeface

Metaphon

Metaphon

Metaphon is a typeface created using Metaflop, an open source web application which allows users to create and customise a font within a set of parameters.

Metaphon was designed for use in BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹, acting as an in-between agent for the contrasting typefaces used in the publication – the constrained rigidity of Booq and Booq Alt against the classical engraving style of Daubenton (designed by Olivier Dolbeau).

Weights include Regular, Italics, Bold and Bold Italics.

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0%–100%

0%–100%

0%–100% is a reference and colour guide for BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹ and future Zyxt print on demand Lulu publications.

First edition, Print on demand
Softcover, 107.95 x 174.75 mm, 206 pp
ISBN 978- 1-326-39494-3

Published by Zyxt

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Typeface | Contribution

Booq Alt

Booq Alt

Booq Alt is a spin/evolution of the typeface Booq. Similar in its dimensions and modular components designed within the structural limitations set by Booq’s G.D.A.A Manifesto. It is based on creating a range of alternate glyphs that pretends to act as a compilation of various individual spinoffs – a visualisation of the usage and the spread of the manifesto resulting in a pool of alternate forms.

Booq Alt’s form stems from the idea of one’s innate reluctance to conform (in this case to the limitations set by the manifesto), giving birth to awkward shapes, kinks, oddities, and distortions – finding balance amongst this architectonic frustration while sticking within the manifesto’s rules.

It is a celebration of experimentation, beauty in deformities, and of alternate forms created through the breaking and re-making of a system. To celebrate this unexpectedness in experimentation, the typeface is also programmed to allow randomisation of its alternate glyphs during the act of typing.

Weights include Regular and Bold.

Featured in The Digital Revolution as a catalyst for design plagiarism, and how this impacts designer engagement in the practice of type design, published by Joey Lim, 2016.

Featured in The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book, published by Booksfromthefuture, ISBN 978-0-9573509-3-9, 2015.

Image 7: Courtesy of Draw Down Books

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Typeface | Contribution

Booq

Booq

G.D.A.A (Graphic Designer as Architect) was established in 2015. Born from Graphic Design’s admiration towards Architecture’s role in possessing socio-cultural status, historical significance, and the creation of ‘works of art’. G.D.A.A aims to achieve equal or greater status for the Graphic Design discipline. This is attained by creating works that incorporate architectural methodologies into graphic design practice — by following a site-specific manifesto, from which Booq was created.

Booq is a typeface consisting of interlocking components based on the architectural structure of the blank book provided by Booksfromthefuture as part of a commissioned contribution to their Summer School 2015. Booq is built upon a set of rules — only utilising the cover, spine, spread, arc, and manipulating the paper of the book as the dimensional structure to construct a typeface.

Available in Regular.

Booq type specimen, BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹, published by Zyxt and co-published by Booksfromthefuture, ISBN 978-1-326-40233-4, 2015.

Featured in The Digital Revolution as a catalyst for design plagiarism, and how this impacts designer engagement in the practice of type design, Joey Lim, 2016.

Featured in The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book, Booksfromthefuture, 2015.

Image 1–7: Courtesy of Rijksmuseum
Image 7: Courtesy of Draw Down Books

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Information

Zyxt is a graphic design studio and independent publisher working on both self-directed and commissioned projects. We focus on art direction, visual identities, publishing, exhibitions, and online projects primarily within the contemporary arts and culture sector.

Founded by Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan upon graduating from Central Saint Martins as a progressive and inquisitive based practice that seeks to form partnerships with artists, designers, curators, publishers, cultural organisations and institutions.

List of Projects

Working with & for

  • University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins (UK)
  • Åbäke (UK)
  • Public School (IL)
  • Booksfromthefuture (UK)
  • Francis Upritchard with Åbäke (UK)
  • MIMOCA Museum of Contemporary Art with Åbäke (JPN)
  • National Arts Council (SG)
  • NUS Museum (SG)
  • Central Saint Martins Fashion Womenswear & Fashion Textiles Exhibitions (UK)
  • Marta Jakubowski (UK)
  • Krister Olsson (US)
  • Singapore Tyler Print Institute (SG)
  • Herrick Gallery with Åbäke (UK)
  • Polimekanos (UK)
  • Grey Projects (SG)
  • Federico Antonini (IT)
  • Young Printmakers League (SG)
  • Condozine (IT)

Publications at

  • ICA London (UK)
  • Draw Down Books (US)
  • Good Press Gallery (UK)
  • &: christophe daviet-thery (FR)
  • Tipitin (UK)
  • Rijksmuseum Research Library (NL)

Exhibitions, Talks & Workshops

  • Photozine workshop at DECK (in conjunction with Steidl Deck: 1001 Steidl Books Exhibition)
  • Talks and workshops at The Book Show (SG)
  • Future Imperfect group exhibition with the Young Printmakers League 2016, Mulan Gallery (SG)
  • Displayed at Reading Room exhibition by Mail, curated by Draw Down Books at The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (US)
  • Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Noir group exhibition with Lacoste, London (UK)
  • Workshops with Singapore International Photography Festival (SG)
  • Typeface displayed at Ampersand 2013: The Web Typography Conference Brighton (UK)

Contributions & Features

  • Ficciones Typografika, Erik Brandt (US)
  • The Digital Revolution as a catalyst for design plagiarism, and how this impacts designer engagement in the practice of type design, Joey Lim (UK)
  • The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book, Booksfromthefuture (UK)
  • Creator, Typography Seoul (KR)
  • Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education, Booksfromthefuture (UK)
  • New York Times International Herald Tribune with Åbäke (US)
  • Creative Review Blog (UK)
  • Justified Magazine, Issue 1 (UK)

Contact & Subscribe

For inquiries, projects and collaborations please contact:
studio@zyxt.info