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Laski Slab & Graphie

April 30, 2014 by David Sudweeks

Today we look at a fun and casual relationship between Paula Mastrangelo’s Laski Slab (made with the production help of Ramiro Espinoza) and Ryoichi Tsunekawa’s Graphie.

Laski Slab was initially created for an online children’s magazine. Though spare, its inviting qualities are evident in the carriage of its bowls, the interplay of round and square contours, and small details such as its terminal treatments. Graphie does well as a complement to Laski Slab with its strong, wide dominance, ultra low contrast, and subtle mischief. Note the terminal angles of characters such as lowercase e and s. Such sign-painterly cues seem to be coming back into style forcefully this year. Together, the two create the kind of tension that holds well the reader’s consideration.