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Berton Hasebe

Berton Hasebe (b. 1982, Honolulu, HI) moved from Hawaii to study and work in Los Angeles, where he obtained a BA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005.

In 2007 he moved to the Netherlands to study type design through the Type and Media Masters course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). Berton has resided in New York since 2008, and was a staff designer with Commercial Type from 2008 to 2013, when he left to start his own studio. Berton's typefaces have been awarded by the New York and Tokyo Type Directors Club, the ATypI, and the Brno Biennial. In 2012 he was awarded Print magazine's 20 Under 30 Award. Berton currently teaches typography at Parsons and has taught type design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Type@Cooper Extended Program at The Cooper Union in New York.

His typeface Alda was designed to function at very small sizes while remaining expressive. The bold is macho and delicate at the same time. Alda won an award at TDC2 2009. In the same year Alda was also selected by the Tokyo Type Directors Club to be included in its annual publication. It was published by Emigre.

At Commercial Type he co-designed the extensive family Stag with Christian Schwartz and Ross Milne. Stag started as a small family of slab serifs commissioned for headlines by the US edition of Esquire magazine and eventually grew into a sprawling multi-part family including a flexible sans companion and two additional special effects display variants. Stag Stencil followed in 2009.

In 2010, he published the geometric sans serif family Platform at Commercial Type. It has a gorgeous circle-based hairline.

In 2013, he published a 4-family 20-style French Renaissance typeface family called Portrait (+Text, +Inline, +Text), still at Commercial Type: Portrait started out as an experiment in drawing a display typeface that managed to be both beautiful and brutal, and both classical and minimalist. While its lighter weights are quietly elegant, the heavier weights show the influence of chiseled woodcut forms. Portrait draws its primary inspiration from the Two-line Double Pica Roman (equivalent to 32pt in contemporary sizes) cut by French punchcutter Maître Constantin around 1530 for the printer Robert Estienne. Portrait replaces the delicately modeled serif treatments of Constantin's original with simple, triangular Latin serifs, reimagining the Renaissance forms in a contemporary light. Portrait Text resembles the text types attributed by the printing historian Hendrik Vervliet to Constantin and used by the printer Estienne in the 1530s, which had a lighter and more open texture than the text types that preceded them, and marking the move to more elegant type that culminated in the work of Claude Garamont. The stripped-back simplicity of the Latin serifs gives Portrait a cleaner and sharper tone than a typical Renaissance oldstyle-influenced text face, bringing an active personality to text.

In 2015, he created the sans headline typeface families Druk, Druk Text, Druk Wide, Druk Condensed and Druk Text Wide: Druk is a study in extremes, featuring the narrowest, widest, and heaviest typefaces in the Commercial Type library to date. Starting from Medium and going up to Super, Druk is uncompromisingly bold. It was meant as a companion of Neue Haas Grotesk. Of the families in the Druk collection, Druk Condensed is the most explicit homage to Willy Fleckhaus. Originally designed for the 2011 Year in Review issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, its flat sides make letters and words snap together in a clean and satisfying way.

For MittMedia, he made the corporate sans typeface Duplex (2016).

Still in 2016, Berton Hasebe published Styrene at Commercial Type. Their blurb: Styrene, a new sans serif by Berton Hasebe, is his latest exploration of proportion and simplicity in type design. The initial inspiration for the family was a charmingly awkward sans serif shown in an early 20th century Dutch type specimen. However, Styrene has an entirely ahistorical attitude. Its name was inspired by the purposefully synthetic feeling to its curves and geometry. The family is characterized by its proportions: typically narrow characters like f j r and t are hyperextended and flattened, adding openness in unexpected places. Styrene's two widths offer different textures in text: version A is dogmatically geometric, with a stronger overall personality, while version B is narrower for more reasonable copyfit, though not truly condensed.

Schnyder (Commercial Type) was designed by Berton Hasebe and Christian Schwartz for the 2013 redesign of T, the New York Times Style Magazine by creative director Patrick Li and his team. Schnyder has the high contrast typical of a fashion typeface and has a large number of alternates. The stem thicknesses in each weight are identical across the widths, an unusual feature that allows the widths to be mixed freely in headlines, even within single words. It features three weights, four widths, and four optical sizes. Production assistance by Hrvoje Zivcic and Miguel Reyes. Schnyder Wide, Condensed and X Condensed were published in 2018.

In 2020, he released Review (Condensed, Poster, Regular) at Commercial Type, which writes: Berton Hasebe originally drew Review (née Kippenberger) for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In 2018, a new editor in chief pushed for a complete reimagining of the magazine. What had primarily been an image-focused publication evolved into a text-driven one, with the squarish, commanding Review doing much of the heavy lifting. To facilitate tight setting both horizontally and vertically, Hasebe sheared off Review's overshoots and blunted its exterior curves, producing a dynamic tension with its round counters. .

Produkt (2014, Christian Schwartz and Berton Hasebe) is Graphik with slabs added on.

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