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Welcome to CapSquare. One of the KLDW Locations – click to enlarge -

After the great opening ceremony of the Kuala Lumpur Design Week 2010 and a first italian noodle-meal ( since I left germany ) on friday, I had some hard fights with Mosquitoes and Bed bugs. The outcome was a sleepless night, which made it impossible to attend on Saturday at 9.00 am at National Art Gallery to listen to some lectures of interesting people such as Asterisk ( Japan ), Nancy Chen ( Taiwan ) or Fredrik Härén ( Sweden ).

So I went straight to Cap Square after Lunch, where everybody was waiting for the Minister of International Trade and Industrial to open the exhibition, with mostly student’s and independent creative’s work from all design fields.

During that I met one guy again, that I’ve seen a few days before. HERO, aka Olivier Dressen, a multimedia artist from Belguim and so far the only European besides me. He introduced me to this guy from Japan, Takahiro Yamaguchi, a graphic designer with a huge love for typography and he told me the story about his long- timed project. I can tell you, amazing. And the way he explained it, made it even more fascinating.

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business card of Takahiro Yamaguchi, using a GPS font – click to enlarge -

He designs typefaces from maps. He searches on maps for good ways in his city to create letters, when he thinks he got it, he swings on his bike with a GPS and rides all the way, all the 26 letters. Back home, he downloads the GPS information and boom…there is the font.
For one letter, he said, it takes around 3 to 6 hours, depending on the quality of the roads.
I asked him if he’s doing a Kuala Lumpur typeface as well, but he mentioned the bad roads, the horrible traffic and the fact, that he might be in hospital or dead before he could finish the alphabet.


大きな地図で見る
Who can beat the size of this invisible world tag? Is he the world record holder of the biggest graffiti on earth?

He’s going to Berlin this summer and plans to do a Berlin font.

Defintely check out his work and of course, the urbanized typeface, Takahiro is using on his business card, is here available for free download.

The internet connection in our office has some ups and downs usually, but the last few days it hasn’t had so many ups, which is the reason for being a bit delayed again in publishing articles. Right now I am sad to announce, that this article is powered by Starbucks wireless connection.

…some photos of the first two KLDW 2010 days.

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  1. Jason Pang on Montag 3, 2010

    “I asked him if he’s doing a Kuala Lumpur typeface as well, but he mentioned the bad roads, the horrible traffic and the fact, that he might be in hospital or dead before he could finish the alphabet.”

    That is SO TRUE! Haha!

    I’m going to CAPSQUARE tomorrow. Gonna visit my friend’s exhibition.

  2. fabsn on Montag 3, 2010

    Hey nice,

    I’m going to visit all exhibitions tomorrow together with the international artists apeaking on the weekend. Gonna be at Capsquare at around 12am.

  3. alkohol per rechnung on Montag 3, 2010

    Icch woklte einfach einen netten Gruss hinterlassen. Bin gerade auf eure Seite gestossen.