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Understanding typography relies on experience in finding clarity, to remain decisive as well as to seek for connectionism. A language area, silent, yet standing for recognition.

Question the irrelevant. Intuition and abandonment.

An offering of usage, freedom and dominance are subject to progressive notions in communication. Together, each echo corresponds to a substance upon which the user directs, aiming for which only he/she at present can consciously choose. A society built up of individual characters, where combinations correspond — reactions proceed, development takes shape.

Associative individuals flavour the readers perception, due to connotations of previous influences on the individual. A symbolic story lies behind each glyph. This type of recognition tactic allows configurations to form by means of collision, a rather violent use of language structuring. Words develop not from an individual letter but by combining letters. Needless to say that the word A is a perfect example of self meaning, both a letter and a word. The same goes for I. Both examples highlight present problems of egoism.

We are losing our pride in composition and expecting others to form for us. The idea of associating our word usage with our neighbour permits us to hold exporative conversation, to develop an equal understanding. Our vocabulary has become inarticulate. The use of filler, nonsensical words in sentence building only forces the listener/reader to invent their own dialogue on the matter, and to undergo self satisfaction. Directed from, yet returned. Of what the conversation opener illudes to the present — a case of questioning knowledge but hiding the question mark.
We must take responsibility for what we communicate, and we must speak and write, openly.







24.04.2015









LOOPUYT

The bespoke typefaces for LOOPUYT are developed in two styles — a horizontal and a vertical version. Inspired by the cormorant sea bird, in flight and in statue.




David Millhouse - Loopuyt




David Millhouse - Loopuyt




Dry Gin and Tonic Water producers P. Loopuyt and Co Distillers, the Netherlands.
http://www.loopuyt.com







02.01.2015









Obiter

The Latin term ‘Obiter dictum’ is a phrase used in courtrooms as a timeless shift, a tangential statement independent of two conflicting oppositions, to broaden and order further analysis in understanding.



David Millhouse - Obiter



The geometric style of Obiter's san-serif character questions the conventional by example of rebellious points in statue illustrated in some glyphs. The elongated ascenders and descenders of Obiter are unrestricted in length and occasionally assisted with curved spurs and sheared terminals. Result in use for writing with Obiter gives evidence by composure and permanence.



David Millhouse - Obiter



Domination, desistance and recovery. Everything is open to suggestion, Obiter is powerless yet persuasive. Its Stoic attitude aims to appeal between legible and illegible without comparison.

Styles Regular and Italic are available for licensing.







26.10.2014

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CURRENCY

Capturing a spirit of inclusivity through validation of art or design regardless of critique, CURRENCY aims to levitate theory, poetry and literature beyond journalism to augment discussion.



David Millhouse - CURRENCY



CURRENCY refers to a diverse range of imagery surrounding pop, neo-digital and cultural debris, it invites sophisticated conversation. The magazine channels a conscious non-conformity, to explore and challenge the constraints of formal publishing, positioning itself between main-stream printed-matter and luxury object.



David Millhouse - SICO CARLIER



Founder, art-director and editor-at-large for CURRENCY is Sico Carlier. The upcoming issue CURRENCY 5 will be typeset in bespoke fonts by David Millhouse.



David Millhouse - DCapital



From issue 1 onwards CURRENCY has been sold at locations such as Colette and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, ICA and Magma in London, MoCA Los Angeles, MoMA and St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York City. http://currency.sicocarlier.com







2012—2015









Solit

A stationary idea of the incomplete where beginnings cease to question finality. Solit is a type family of five styles which classify as body fonts.



David Millhouse - Solit



In 2011 David Millhouse shot a series of analogue photographs depicting unfinished constructions of dwellings situated on the Greek island of Tilos. The ideas behind the Solit typeface developed from these images, starting with the design of Greek glyphs.



David Millhouse - Solit Series

Solit's tall, slender framework calculates its dimension and is balanced on accurate clarity for readability. Similarities to the architectural steel grids of the Tilos builds and inspired by the ingredients the island has to offer; grey volcanic pumice, sun blasted purity, thyme and silence all express a near gesture that Solit transcribes as texture — text covering page.



David Millhouse - Solit







11.03.2014









Sentier des Pensards

A collaborative work by David Millhouse and artist Sico Carlier elaborating on the possibilities of the typeface Solit. By experimenting with page scanning, speed reading and numerical sequences they question word superiority effects with cognitive psychology. They hereby address the growing underlying reticence in the so-called information-culture that surrounds us, towards reading full volumes, and from A to Z.

The work in question; Sentier des Pensards (2013) is a graphic evocation conceived by processing the inherited library of a Dutch poet, the late Leyn Leynse. The work intertwines 200 individually numbered book titles selected from the mass of volumes found in his archives in Paris. The overall editing process aims to question or disrupt the hierarchical qualities of headings and titles.




David Millhouse - Sentier des Pensards




For Poetry International Rotterdam the film was presented in an exhibition situation at Gallery Frank Taal. This revealed in greater detail the dynamics and functionality of the typeface, by experimenting with rhythm in reading. The effect resulted in discourse around the cognitive psychological processes in hierarchical letter recognition. What stands out in the use of Solit for the film-work are the horizontal shapes in the letters, the combination, as if the pattern creates a language composition similar to that of Morse code. Each title is numbered which brings a connection with binary to the apparent; each number begins with either a one or a zero and is systematically pitch-class set with an undertone.













30.07.2013









Sentier du Buvier

A collaborative work by David Millhouse and artist Sico Carlier.













23.08.2012









The intention of Defalign is to withstand the threat of todays self inflicting conventions and resist the orderly fashion of the driven conscience. To explore timeless themes that affect the existential alignment within an environment by offering a stylised impression in design for type.

More examples of work are available on request.

David Millhouse is a British Type Designer living and working in Paris. He trained as a Sequential Designer and Illustrator at the University of Brighton. During his studies he founded cult magazine Gloom with 3 issues sold exclusively at bStore, Saville Row, London. During this period he developed his first typefaces.
He currently works in close collaboration with Editor Sico Carlier on the magazine CURRENCY. David has guest lectured and given Type Design workshops at the Rietveld Academy DesignLab, Amsterdam, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, University of Portsmouth and the Southampton University Winchester School of Art.



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