Manhattan is a playful modular typeface inspired by a brutalist resi­dential complex in Wroclaw (Poland), built in 1973. The buildings have been ironically nicknamed Manhattan by the locals and, throughout my life, I chronologically considered them to be an eyesore, a gimmick and finally an icon. The resultant typeface celebrates one of the pearls of modern architecture in Poland and its curved strokes are direc­tly inspi­red by the facade of the build­ings. Ultimately, Manhattan constitutes a love letter to the city I grew up in. The typeface in­cludes sets of stylistic alternates, unique ligatures and numerals. 
The project is presented as an interactive, as well as a printed type specimen. In these publications I describe the history of the buildings and the career of their architect, J. Grabowska-Hawrylak, who was the first woman to have graduated from Architecture at the Politechnics in Wroclaw and was largely responsible for the city’s post-war restoration.  I have also paired the typeface with photographs of Wroclaw from the 1980s by Chris Niedenthal.  

For the last month I have been working on the WIP Show typeface and identity. 








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