Mancitecture - NMP University Project

I have always been fascinated with the architecture of Manchester, especially some of the weird and wonderful silhouettes the buildings produce. Beetham Tower has always been an imposing part of the landscape, and I've always picked up on the fact that it looks like an elongated letter P – so this is where my idea started. I love typography, so this seemed like a perfect excuse to produce a slightly more abstract/dingbats style font.

I also wanted to focus on the theme of Manchester for my NMP, as it has influenced me as a designer and as a person in so many ways. I wanted to sum up all the reasons I love the city so much, in a way that other people could understand too. This gave me the opportunity to try my hand at infographics, an area of design I'd always been interested in, but never had the chance to explore before.

I wanted my font to focus on the silhouettes of the buildings, as there are so many strange ones in Manchester. These oddly shaped buildings, or parts of buildings, were perfect for making letter shapes.

To promote them, I superimposed them over photographs I took of other striking buildings that were in Manchester, but where not used in the actual font. I kept these minimalistic, with just the letters and the name of the font, so the main focus was on the typeface, but there is still the faint link to the theme of architecture with the photograph background. The Mancitecture font can be downloaded here.

To further advertise the Mancitecture font, I produced some minimalistic postcards, focusing of the letters in the word 'Manchester'. These also have the name of the font on the reverse, and are laid out like a standard postcard: the intention is that they can be used almost like post-it notes.

The centre of this project are the 7 large posters, each focusing on a specific landmark building in Manchester. These buildings were chosen for a number of reasons: either they had eye-catching architecture, or had played at important part in Manchester's history. These buildings were also paired up with an interesting infographic subject that related in some way, for use in the infographic posters.

I chose a minimalistic, blocky design style for representing these buildings, which worked especially well with the modern buildings. I also included a short sentence in the upper left explaining my reason for choosing this direction in my project, to give a better sense of context, and a paragraph in the bottom right that gives a brief introduction to the building.