Hamish Muir is a world renown graphic designer and and influential typographer from England. He has designed and created highly structured geometrical typefaces inspired by Swiss design. Muir is co-founder of 8vo, a graphic design studio in London that specialised in identity, print, publishing, packaging and information design. A year after 8vo was created, a typographic magazine called ‘Octavo’ was published. “Octavo” became an international journal of typography that was known for it’s overt graphic experimentation.
Working in collaboration with artist Paul McNeil, he formed “MuirMcNeal” a creative studio that focuses on parametric designs and solutions to visual communication problems. Muir treats typography as a visual language and a means to communicate creatively without the addition of pictures or illustrations. The concept is distinctive, especially in the way of deliberate illegibility of the layout and crowding of the words.
MuirMcNeil have been reinventing concepts within ‘parametric type’ design, presenting it in a way that challenges the user to interact with the work and build upon its limitations. Muir reveals the aesthetic and ideological thinking behind typography where designers are turning typographic tradition on its head and pushing experimentation into the mainstream.
“This is how I entered the world of type design as well, learning from the genius of Wim Crouwel and other greats. What I love about their work is that they use process-based design and execute it with pure skill.”
ThreeSix is a system of six optical/geometric typefaces designed and written by MuirMcNeil. You can read more about ThreeSix here.
There is now more freedom than ever before to create typographic expression that goes beyond the mere graphic presentation of text. Much of Muir’s work consists of LED/LCD-inspired type that is pixelish with 3d geometrical layers.
“I prefer working with type over image or other media because of its direct connection to language, it’s an extension of writing and in that sense one can give things voice and tone in a direct way without the layered meanings that using image introduces.” – Muir
Muir is currently a teacher at the London College of Communication and holds typography workshops at the Porto Design Summer School
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