In 1996 MAGMA Brand Design founded the German type foundry Volcano Type. They began releasing fonts during the era when David Carson, Emigre and Neville Brody were breaking borders and redefining the landscape of typefaces. The label's early type designs were created with Ikarus, these rough, dirty and organic fonts excelled in projects for record companies and sportswear brands. Around the millenium a series of bastard fonts followed, combining and crushing origins, reaching new limits.
In 2004 MAGMA began publishing quarterly journal Slanted Magazine and the Slanted Weblog as analytical platforms for contemporary Typography and Graphic Design. Both showcase the creative processes familiar to individual type foundries and design studios from around the globe, including the depth and physicality of fonts from the Volcano Type collection.
Today, Volcano Type develops a strong presence beyond its wild, experimental youth and wears a more eclectic identity between kashmir and Bach, loving to play it loud yet also able to comfortably slip into a more quiet tonality. In other words, Volcano Type has reached distant shores by publishing elaborate font families like Matryoshka or Telegramo, without denying its origins in explosive headliners.
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