VIEW CLOSING LETTER

Monday the 22nd, August 2011

Nearly seven years have passed and much has changed since the inception of Cypher13.

Now we are two, Todd Berger and Lucian Föhr. Together, we have grown considerably - in principle, in thought, and in capacity - but not in number.

We have grown in practice.

We have chosen to pursue quality in all things - over quantity. This has come to define our craft and those with whom we wish to partner and to serve. We have chosen objectivity over subjectivity, accountability over bureaucracy, and personal responsibility over ambiguity.

And so, we have decided to close Cypher13 and to open a new design studio. We will usher in a new era of socially significant, lasting, far-reaching work.

We will strive to do better.

Goodbye Cypher13.

Welcome Berger & Föhr.

Sincerely,
Todd Berger
Lucian Föhr

  • Haiti Poster Project



    Humanitarian

    Humanitarian efforts take on many shapes and forms. They result in miracles - performed by selflessly dedicated individuals concerned with the promotion of human welfare and social reform. Haiti needs these individuals, their miracles, and their honorable work and continued support more than ever. Our "Humanitarian" poster for the Haiti Poster Project pays homage to the citizens of the world who put their lives at risk and on hold to help - not just Haiti and its citizens, but all of the at risk peoples of the globe.

    Haiti is in dire need of change on countless levels, many of which were only made more apparent through the nations recent tragedy. Resource management has plagued Haiti since its independence. Haiti is a particularly natural resource poor member of the global community. A great many of its peoples struggles arise from resource scarcity. Through typographic design we chose to envision a Haiti renewed, resource rich, lush and green and in full flower. We can only hope that one day Haiti can return to such a glorious state.

    The typography included was designed atop an isometric triangular grid while the flowers and birds were designed on their own grid-based systems. C13 HEX, our most recently designed typeface was a byproduct of the Haiti type design process. At cypher13 we believe doing good manifests the same. In this manner we set out to design a poster to help raise funds for Haiti. We were rewarded with a beautiful experience, a poster we're proud of, a new typeface, and an opportunity to provide others with future opportunities.

    The Humanitarian poster was printed in Boulder, Colorado by Ray McDermott at Good Thoughts 4 All, an earth conscious print studio committed to sustainable practices. In all, forty, seven-color posters were printed using earth-friendly inks on 100lb recycled paper. The posters are twenty four inches wide by sixteen inches tall.

    March 11, 2010

    Art, Haiti Poster Project