Initially inspired by an untitled typeface from an old hand-lettering book, Berber has been extensively developed over many incarnations to function as a very strong and confident sans. The 2011 revisions in legibility enabled Berber to be used across longer settings as well as its more conventional usage as a display face. The renewed typeface nows features both king caps and small caps. Extensive additions to the numerals sets and complete opentype sets of international diacritics also extend its usage.
In 2003 Berber was used as the display face for issue 46 of Eye Magazine. Ten years later, it become the typographic face of the monumental exhibition Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria which gave it a very evident presence on the streets of Melbourne.
Letterbox is a graphic design studio in Melbourne that specialise in custom type design to create a unique brand identity for distinctiveness and recognition. The studio cross-pollinates client-commissioned projects (identity, signage, publications, custom fonts) and studio-commissioned projects (independent publishing, typeface design, lectures, forums, tours and exhibitions). We embrace research and curiosity in all our projects.
Letterbox began life in a corner milk-bar in Northcote in 1991. Three years later it moved into Carlow House, one of the key creative buildings in the then-fledgling artist community of Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The studio remained there for 14 years before moving to larger studios in the renown Hardwick Building. It now occupies a custom-designed studio in Brunswick.
Over the years our design team has included Endré Berentzen, Wendy Ellerton, Tom Hall, Lan Huang, Sam Hughes, Claire Ghyzel, Daniel Lindh, Tim Mang, Nina Mujdzic, Niels Oeltjen, Nicola Schwandner and Heather Walker – as well as many interns. These have come from an assortment of places – Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, France and, yes, even Melbourne.