PM 21 Typeface Design
Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist 2018
Piet Mondrian was a pioneer of the of the De Stijl movement. He believed in using bold color and line; a forward thinker at the time. Mondrian knew that art was progressing with the times. Staying true to his artistic ideals, PM 21 creates letterforms using straight lines and strong blocks of color. Because Mondrian used black lines as a pigment in their own right, the typeface can be used in just the black line style or layered underneath with the color-block style.
I named the typeface to reflect the way Mondrian signs his paintings with his initials and the year. The font contains an uppercase and lowercase, drawing from the contrast between shapes in Mondrian’s work.
Above: Piet Mondrian, Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue, 1921, Oil on canvas
Photo from artsy.net
In the making of the typeface I played with the ratio of 1/3 to 2/3 as seen in the Z and Y. I studied the way Mondrian divided his canvas, then looked to each letterform as a canvas to apply the same sense of division.
Above: Photo from moma.org, taken by Martin Seck for MoMA