3 Found Fonts2003MEDIA: book, typefaces, diorama, wall pieces
Writing often shifts Tilson’s work into new areas, changing both the content and form of his art. In 2001 a large project was slowly morphing from a website into a cookbook, taking his work out of the digital world back into publishing. So when Jake was approached by David Blamey about an exhibition called Ways of Saying his response became a book, a diorama and a series of typefaces. The core of this project are the typefaces and the book, from this other works evolved: a diorama, prints on metal, photoworks and rubber-stamped text on walls.

The three typefaces explored in this book all vary in their degree of foundness. As Roland Barthes said: texts are ‘a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture.’ A similar system of quotation and reinvention exists when designing a typeface. One of Jake Tilson’s aims in creating 3 Found Fonts was to examine their origins, context and influence on their surroundings. He researched, reconstructed and extended each typeface. An architectural methodology assisted this process by utilising typographical precedents as a guide and to suggest a solution for missing characters. This use of precedents and found materials and the nature of design authorship and copyright are also explored in the book.

The CD contains a mini website, as well as typefaces and PDF recipes

Salsa Pomodori, rubber stamped redcipe on a Venetian kitchen wall

Exhibited in:
Dulwich Picture Gallery charity auction, Christies.
Ways of Saying, Loman Street Studio, London.
Elizabeth David – Her Life, Work and Influence, Portico Library Gallery
Cooking The Books, Tender Books, London

The book appeared in:
Have You Seen my Lost Font? Marcus Field, The Independent.
3 Found Fonts, Sally O’Reilly, Art Monthly.
3 Found Fonts, Judith Hoffberg Umbrella.

3 Found Fonts, Creative Review.