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SelfBuild Type Foundry

The year 1994 was the year zero of digital typographic experimentation in the same way that 1988 had been for homemade electronic music. At this time a mass democratization of the typographic means of production was under way; the visual equivalent to the late-Eighties Acid House boom that came before it. Although the technology was slow and the screens were low-resolution by today’s standards, the new tools provided a gateway for a new wave of young digital subversives, who took the DIY attitude of the techno music of the day and applied it to type design, creating designs that were often unconventional and, at times, iconoclastic.

These designs were often heavily informed by the “pixels and postscript” aesthetic inherent in the new digital medium as designers experimented with the software that had only recently become available to them. As one of a new breed of independent type foundries, SelfBuild Type took inspiration from the sample-and-remix culture that existed in electronic music at the time. A product of low-power CPUs, low-resolution monitors and the often wildly inaccurate FreeHand autotrace, these typefaces spoke a typographic dialect that referenced retro-futurism and cheap consumer electronics, drawing influence from sources as diverse as graffiti, early video games and found printed ephemera.

As the decade progressed, and as a fledgling Internet started to take flight, SelfBuild Type began to publish pixel fonts to satisfy the need for type that was legible on the computer displays of the time, as the Internet matured from an awkward cacophony of flaming logos and blinking type, into a space where graphic design truly mattered. Today, SelfBuild Type Foundry continues to publish type designs that fuse the typographic experimentation of the past with the ever changing digital aesthetic of the present, for a new generation of graphic designers.

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    SelfBuild Type Foundry
    York,
    United Kingdom
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Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
SB Sonar SB Sonar
SB Sonar SB Sonar
SB Sonar SB Sonar
SB Sonar SB Sonar
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Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
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SB Liquid SB Liquid
SB Liquid SB Liquid
SB Liquid SB Liquid

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Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.
SB Standard SB Standard

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
SB Message SB Message
SB Message SB Message
SB Message SB Message
SB Message SB Message

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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.
SB Vibe SB Vibe

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
SB Navigator™ SB Navigator™
SB Navigator™ SB Navigator™
SB Navigator™ SB Navigator™
SB Navigator™ SB Navigator™

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.
SB Grip SB Grip

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Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size.
SB Flip SB Flip

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Perhaps President Clinton’s amazing sax skills will be judged quite favorably.
SB Censor SB Censor

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.
SB Carbon SB Carbon

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.
SB Raster SB Raster
SB Raster SB Raster
SB Raster SB Raster
SB Raster SB Raster
SB Raster SB Raster

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Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.
SB Splinter SB Splinter
SB Splinter SB Splinter
SB Splinter SB Splinter
SB Splinter SB Splinter
SB Splinter SB Splinter

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Queen Elizabeth’s Major picked five sexy wigs.
SB Tokyo SB Tokyo
SB Tokyo SB Tokyo
SB Tokyo SB Tokyo
SB Tokyo SB Tokyo

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
SB Superbloc™ SB Superbloc™
SB Superbloc™ SB Superbloc™
SB Superbloc™ SB Superbloc™
SB Superbloc™ SB Superbloc™
SB Superbloc™ SB Superbloc™

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Mozart’s jawing quickly vexed a fat bishop.
SB Byte SB Byte
SB Byte SB Byte
SB Byte SB Byte
SB Byte SB Byte
SB Byte SB Byte

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
SB Degenerate SB Degenerate
SB Degenerate SB Degenerate
SB Degenerate SB Degenerate
SB Degenerate SB Degenerate
SB Degenerate SB Degenerate

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
SB Modem SB Modem
SB Modem SB Modem
SB Modem SB Modem
SB Modem SB Modem
SB Modem SB Modem

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
SB Websnap SB Websnap
SB Websnap SB Websnap
SB Websnap SB Websnap
SB Websnap SB Websnap
SB Websnap SB Websnap

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
SB Expo SB Expo
SB Expo SB Expo
SB Expo SB Expo
SB Expo SB Expo
SB Expo SB Expo

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Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.
SB Basement SB Basement
SB Basement SB Basement
SB Basement SB Basement
SB Basement SB Basement
SB Basement SB Basement

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
SB Phormic SB Phormic
SB Phormic SB Phormic
SB Phormic SB Phormic
SB Phormic SB Phormic
SB Phormic SB Phormic

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
SB Pixelpaint SB Pixelpaint
SB Pixelpaint SB Pixelpaint
SB Pixelpaint SB Pixelpaint
SB Pixelpaint SB Pixelpaint
SB Pixelpaint SB Pixelpaint

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Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.
SB Thorax SB Thorax
SB Thorax SB Thorax
SB Thorax SB Thorax
SB Thorax SB Thorax
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