Fonts made for the Brand Roman era

New York's Hello Velocity has designed a typeface consisting of 76 corporate brand logos.

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Brands have already penetrated most aspects of our everyday lives. Now, they’ve crossed a new cultural barrier, entering one of the last vestiges of brand-free existence: the very letters that make up language.

Hello Velocity, a digital agency in New York that aims to create “thought-provoking internet experiences,” came up with the idea to merge brands and fonts. It created a typeface. Naturally, it is called “Brand New Roman.”

The new font consists of 76 corporate brand logos mashed up and available for download in original-colour and single-colour versions. Lukas Bentel, Hello Velocity’s partner and creative director, told Muse that the idea was to create something that would be part parody, part good-old-fashioned fun. “This stage of capitalism is pretty weird,” he said. “Seems like a good time to spoof it!”

Artists have already taken to adopting Brand New Roman in their work. There’s already a revised edition of the Communist Manifesto (by Channel Studio), a take on the Declaration of Independence (by an artist known as Nikolas), and a rendition of Magritte’s famous “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.”

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Brand New Roman
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Hello Velocity

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