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Batik and Brockmann
Typography experiments and non-profit

Est.1999 Vernacular typography and design experiments for Indonesia Pavilion’s graphic system at EXPO 2000 Hannover, Germany. How do you explore Indonesia’s graphic system identity based on their traditional heritage in a simple yet distinctive and applicable way? Indonesia itself is the world’s largest archipelago nation with ethnic diversity — 300 ethnic groups, 1340 tribes. So, we experimented by combining ‘Kawung’, the most distinctive batik pattern and its form with the Swiss International Typographic Style’s grid principal to finally create a set of letters. The visual system is a unique and powerful vehicle for Indonesia Pavilion in EXPO 2000 Hannover, Germany.

Typography experiment by Henri Kusbiantoro, MFA Design Thesis, Pratt Institute, New York. Exhibited at the Indonesia’s Pavilion in EXPO 2000 Hannover, Germany

The grid system based on “Kawung” batik pattern from Central Java, Indonesia 

The book in tête-bêche style consists of two different sections (front and back covers, upside down) with a research of Indonesia’s Kawung batik pattern and Swiss International Typography Style principals.