Graphic Design | Professional Writing | Art History

I am a student at Kutztown University majoring in Communication Design with a dual minor in Professional Writing and Art History. My work is influenced by artists such as Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Swiss designers. I believe that form follows function in design. I look to the past for inspiration, collect design and modern art books, and love hunting for mid-century furniture.

Emily Schlotter


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
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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, taken by Martin Seck for MoMA