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Memphis Design Group fonts

[The Memphis Design Group (1981-1991) in Italy intriduced kitsch and op-art in furniture. It also has a following among present day type designers. The image shown is from the Memphis font by Cina Catteau.]


Anton Malina

Russian designer of the LED lights font LED (2015), the colorful 3d typeface Isometric (2016), and the bubblegum font Bubble Letters (2016). In 2017, he designed the colorful geometric all caps alphabet Memphis and the colorful sketched typeface Funky.

All fonts are in vector format. Aka Malina Shop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anugraha Design
[Cina Catteau]

Pokhara, Nepal-based designer whose work is characterized by bold colorful geometric patterns and constructions. Typefaces from 2017 include Roam (which Cina calls a tribal type) and the color font Beach Towel. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cina Catteau
[Anugraha Design]

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Diego Calvo

Liège, Belgim-based designer of the decorative caps Mypeface memphis (2014), which is inspired by Memphis Furniture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Igor Petrovic

Graphic designer from Belgrade, Serbia, who now works at Rainy Dot in Berlin. He created these typefaces:

  • The free rounded layered vector format typeface Zujal (2013).
  • The rounded monoline sans typeface Postcard (2015).
  • Popsky (2015). A wonderful popart font described as constructivism wearing sunglasses.
  • Prota Basic (2015) and Prota Standard (2016). A rounded sans inspired by Scandinavian industrial design.
  • At Typeclinic 12th International Type Design Workshop in 2016, he designed the rounded sans typeface Soberlin.
  • Mempix (2017). A great multicolor font made with Fontself. Its design is influenced by the Memphis Group.

Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackson D. Green

During studies in New York City, Jackson Green (or just Jack Green) designed the sci-fi typeface Memphis Sans (2016) and the blackletter typefaces Heutig and Iron-On Blackletter. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lara Kothe

Hamburg, Germany-based designer of the 3d decorative caps typeface Memphistype (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mari Po

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of the postmodernist neo deco decorative caps alphabet Memphis (2017). Shutterstock link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nastya Sokha

During her studies in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Anastasiia Sokha designed an elaborate deco typeface called Memphis (2015). The name refers the Memphis Style promoted by the Memphis group in 1981, for whom decoration and styling was a game to combat austere modernism. They achieved this by combining flashy geometric shapes with bright colors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rafael Ruvalcaba

During his studies, Coahulla, Mexico-based Rafael Ruvalcaba designed the decorative caps typeface Memphis (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scarlett Danks

Nuneaton, United Kingdom-based designer of the geometric display typeface Memphis (2017). This project was done during her studies at Sheffield Hallam. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silas Swritanta

Parisian designer of the op-art typeface Victor (2016). He operated briefly as Video Drome, but that name was quickly withdrawn. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Spun Inthawong

London, UK-based designer of a colorful geometric solid typeface in 2017, that could be considered in the Memphis Design Group style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Memphis Group

The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 which designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987. The Memphis group's work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.

Wikipedia: On December 11, 1980, Ettore Sottsass organised a meeting with designers, and in 1981 formed a design collaborative named Memphis. The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" which had been played repeatedly throughout the evening's meeting. They drew inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, including styles such as the 1950s Kitsch and futuristic themes. The group produced and exhibited furniture and design objects, annually from 1981 until 1988. The result was a highly acclaimed debut at the 1981 Salone del Mobile of Milan, the world's most prestigious furniture fair. The group's members included Alessandro Mendini, Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Matteo Thun, Javier Mariscal, Luciano Paccagnella, Peter Shire, George Sowden, Marco Zanini, Paola Navone, Ettore Sottsass, and the journalist Barbara Radice. Sottsass left the movement in 1985, and it disbanded in 1991.

In 2012, Bertrand Pellegrin called the movement a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price.

Type designers have brought the Memphis design principles back to life in numerous typeface projects. The arrival of color fonts has facilitated this. See here.

The official site of the Memphis group. [Google] [More]  ⦿