BLKBK is a graphic design studio specializing in type, custom fonts, brand identity, and design for print and web.
Since 2013, BLKBK has designed script-based fonts guided by a non-trivial understanding that letters mean something. Besides the sounds letters designate, outside the semantics of letters assembled into words, and beyond the precise messages we communicate through sentences or paragraphs, there’s a bundle of extra-literate meaning in the way letters look. When BLKBK sets brush to paper, it’s with a sensitivity to these meanings: the urgency behind a dry brush, the assertion of every angle, and the kindness in a curve.
This philosophy underpins a century of inspiration, from hand-painted signs, through album art and VHS sleeves, and has found a new home in our digital era. BLKBK’s vision and technical savvy has liberated the script from the hand of the scribe, packaging these scripts in over 100 complete fonts—with an additional dozen handset types—for the ready use of brands and designers around the world.
Living in a city frozen in time, its denizens gnarled from actually freezing, these casters of type trained their eyes to see those things forgotten. Digging in crates, walking rail lines, climbing fire escapes, hoping to find the next lost memory that jaded eyes glanced over or outright avoided. At a certain point, their city thawed, and buildings fell to booming dynamite and wrecking balls. With them went the memories they’d sheltered, lost forever to those who never bothered to look. But not to BLKBK.
A taste for the lost is a taste for the found. And that can turn an environment in near-dead stasis into a foundry for style. With that style, BLKBK is the foundry for type.
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