BLKBK is a graphic design studio specializing in type, custom fonts, brand identity, and design for print and web.
BLKBK was formed in 2013 by two Canadian designers Justin Graefer and Derek Campbell. They rely on free flowing brush strokes and hand styles to give natural shapes and textures to letters - driven to resurrect the lost art of hand-painted signs and vintage album art. BLKBK currently offers over 80 complete fonts, as well as 10 handset type families available for licensing.
Every piece of writing is comprised of sentences, comprised of words, comprised of letters. BLKBK aims to provide letters that impart meaning before they even form words. Inspired by hand-painted signs, hip-hop, ‘70s vinyl art, and ‘80s VHS sleeves, each hand-crafted BLKBK type evokes meaning the second you lay eyes on it, while exuding a style that spans half a century.
Back in 2010, two budding artists threw a Halloween party in a vacant underground club called “Drop Dead” and designed a new typeface for their event posters. The party proved successful and, more importantly, the two former design school compatriots didn’t drop dead at all. But the creation of the Drop Dead type inspired those graphic designers to do something even greater.
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.
5A - 553 Wardlaw Ave.
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