Derek Campbell and Justin Graefer established BLKBK Type in 2013. The foundry has made a name for itself through artistically-crafted typography that’s thoroughly steeped in raw emotion.
“We at BLKBK, feel the most important element in typography is being able to effectively convey a feeling and a unique personality within every design,” they told us. “We enjoy exploring multiple different styles and mediums without overthinking and just letting it be an organic and natural design process that speaks for itself.”
Justin and Derek often prefer to take an experimental approach to their work, crafting each glyph by hand with ink or paint to see what greatness will emerge from the process. Their work is largely inspired by hand-painted signage, vintage album artwork, and VHS sleeves from the 80s, resulting in type designs that foster an instantaneous emotional connection, a tangible sense of nostalgia and familiarity within the viewer, even if they can’t quite figure out exactly why.
The men behind BLKBK Type are true masters of their craft, imbuing every type design with a heart and soul all its own. Their work is phenomenal and it isn’t hard to understand why three of their designs made it into our Top Ten Fonts of 2016.
One of their most recent releases, Furious Styles, is a hand-painted energy rush, all revved up and ready for high-speed action. Heavy, slanted brush strokes convey a sense of immediate urgency, boldly leaning forward to face a future that promises sheer excitement mingled with the allure of an unknown outcome. The journey is the destination, and Furious Styles is poised to take every design on an exhilarating ride.
Brash and unapologetic, Furious Styles is striking in large displays and signage, advertising materials, posters, album covers, branding, logos, product packaging, and apparel design. Offering standard ligatures and stylistic alternates for unique lettering combinations, this all-caps type design extends multilingual support to Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, and Pan African Latin languages for global accessibility.
BLKBK currently offers 105 products on YouWorkForThem. If you love the full-body rush of Furious Styles, you should take a look at the rest of their portfolio because every single font has an interesting story to tell.