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Barry Deck

Barry Deck is probably better known for designing Template Gothic. But his typeface work goes far beyond Template and his practice, even farther than typeface design.

a banana peel on the information footpath offers his portfolio.

And,

autotroph is his commercial entity.

Great work. Interesting navigation. And banana peels. What else do you need?

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.20.2002 BY Armin
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Comments
Jon’s comment is:

I have found that in their zeal to reinvent web navigation, designers often lose focus, overdoing it with fancy technowiz´┐Ż and losing sight of the fact that a link is meant to get you quickly to more information. Deck's site doesn't do that, and I was happy to be quickly rewarded at every link with kickass work and thinking.

On Nov.20.2002 at 10:35 AM
KM’s comment is:

I am a huge fan of Faux CRA. I'm a sucker for OCR & monospaced typefaces. I'm confused... did he or Warren Corbitt redesign Raygun?

On Nov.20.2002 at 06:16 PM
Jon’s comment is:

The one9ine site says he co-designed it with Deck.

On Nov.20.2002 at 08:05 PM
Hrant’s comment is:

From what I understand Ed Fella actually deserves most of the credit for Template Gothic.

hhp

On Nov.21.2002 at 07:47 PM
pk’s comment is:

regarding ray gun: barry was the name talent, warren had the proven track record in magazine design. they were a package deal.

On Nov.22.2002 at 05:36 AM
Claudio Piccinini’s comment is:

The debate about Template Gothic is a non-issue. Ed Fella was a teacher of Barry and he worked in experiments with template-derived letterforms giving assignments.

Barry took the initial work further and designed a pretty more complex typeface out of those lettering experiments, being also additionally inspired by the laundry sign and other examples he found around his neighborhood.

Fella probably was a little touched because Barry didn't mentioned him in the first place (Emigre 15).

It's easy for polemic talk to arise. Problem is that some people seem to like it, which is pretty sad.

On Nov.22.2002 at 01:20 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>It's easy for polemic talk to arise. Problem is that some people seem to like it, which is pretty sad.

Like the polemic or Template Gothic?

If we are talking about Template Gothic here is my opinion, it's not the prettiest typeface, and I would probably never use for anything but... there is something about it that is very attractive and I can't put my finger on it. It has a certain aura. It's like brie cheese, it smells kind of funky but it's pretty good.

Barry if you were to stumble upon this, no offense intended : ) Template Gothic is the reason I got so interested in Typography back in college.

On Nov.22.2002 at 05:22 PM
Hrant’s comment is:

> Barry took the initial work further and

> designed a pretty more complex typeface

> out of those lettering experiments

No, I heard that Barry was following a pointless direction with the project and Fella corrected him. Is it a non-issue? One man's cross is another man's torture device, eh?

BTW, the last thing we need here is somebody feeling sad for me...

hhp

On Nov.23.2002 at 02:02 AM
Claudio Piccinini’s comment is:

Sorry, Armin, I never got back there until now.

Of course my comment of "sadness" was referred to the polemic. Template Gothic is already a very very important part of recent history, as Arbitrary. They marked a very important change, although they are not designed with a "typographic logic". If not for Barry we would not have the "irregularity" seeds which germinated in the contemporary text typography.

On Jul.20.2003 at 09:48 AM