PM21 Typeface Design

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist 2018

Piet Mondrian was a pioneer of the of the De Stijl movement. A forward thinker at the time, he believed in using bold color and line. PM21 creates letterforms using straight lines and strong blocks of color. Each letterform acts as an individual painting, fitting into the same rectangular grid. The font contains an uppercase and lowercase, drawing from the contrast between shapes in Mondrian’s work. The letterforms fit into the same rectangular grid. PM21 is a layered typeface so it can be used in the black outline style or layered on top of the color-block style. The name reflects the way Mondrian signed his paintings with his initials.

Above: Piet Mondrian, Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue, 1921, Oil on canvas
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Above: Photo from, taken by Martin Seck for MoMA