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Global campaign by Beats by Dre for the promotion of their wireless range under the moniker: “Got No Strings”, Fall and Winter 2016

Global campaign by Beats by Dre for the promotion of their wireless range under the moniker: “Got No Strings”, Fall and Winter 2016

Special edition of Printmag using an early experimental skeleton version of PDU. Designed by ProjectProjects.

Part of a special edition of 4 posters design for the exhibition of Gratuitous Type at KK Outlet in London.

On site usage of the custom stencil cut for the design of Hotel Belvue as requested by the studio Something Els.

On site usage of the custom stencil cut for the design of Hotel Belvue as requested by the studio Something Els.

Longterm usage by the Belgian Design duo ruttens-wille for the periodical magazine of one of their clients Kraak, a Belgian based organization that promotes and releases experimental music.

Longterm usage by the Belgian Design duo ruttens-wille for the periodical magazine of one of their clients Kraak, a Belgian based organization that promotes and releases experimental music.

Publication “Past Future” designed by the Czech Studio DIP. Pictures taken by Studio Flusser.

Publication “Past Future” designed by the Czech Studio DIP. Pictures taken by Studio Flusser.

Global campaign by Beats by Dre for the promotion of their wireless range under the moniker: “Got No Strings”, Fall and Winter 2016

Initiated as a project at Werkplaats Typografie, Dries Wiewauters began exploring a stencil based system originally designed by Joseph A. David.

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In 1876 David acquired the patent for a system that he had invented for sign-writers. With a universal stencil, all UPPERCASE, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, accents etc could be sourced from the grid of the stencil. Dries used this stencil or Plaque Découpée Universelle (PDU) and began an exploration into the liberties and restrictions of a unified grid.

The font itself initially had 2 cuts, regular (a filled version of the stencil), and outline (this cut staying true to the hand rendering via the stencil), but was later expanded to with a stencil cut. Alongside these cuts are corresponding pattern cuts in outline, regular and stencil. Boasting a glyph count of 1578 for each cut of PDU, alongside 229 glyphs included in the patterns. The corresponding pattern is provided free with the purchased with the regular and outline cuts of PDU.

PDU comes in OpenType format, with the following OpenType features: Ligatures, Discretionary Ligatures, Contextual Alternatives, Stylistic Sets, Contextual Swash, Case Sensitive Alternatives, Tabular & Proportional figures, Tabular & Proportional old-style figures, automatic fractions and extended Small-Caps support.

The font was later expanded with a stencil cut for the design of Hotel Belvue as requested by the studio Something Els. This family has also been made commercially available through Colophon Foundry.

PDU Regular

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PDU Stencil

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PDU Outline

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PDU Regular Pattern

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PDU Stencil Pattern

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PDU Outline Pattern

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