System Process Form

Type as Algorithm



ISBN: 9780500027349 Category:

Paul McNeil, Hamish Muir


The ultimate typographic experiment – 7,762,392 typefaces from one of the world’s foremost typography studios.

System Process Form is a detailed survey of MuirMcNeil’s Two type system, an extensive collection of geometric alphabets in which every stroke, shape, letterform and word is designed to correspond and collaborate in close harmony.

The methodologies demonstrated transcend the short-term limitations of single solutions to single problems, revealing the ways in which system, process and form constitute the bedrock of a successful design practice.

Using a combination of algorithm, chance and deliberation, a core database of 23 type systems and 198 individual fonts is interpolated to generate millions of hybrid forms in which every dot, line, space and letter is designed to correspond and collaborate in close harmony. The showcased examples, selected for their distinctively abstract and striking qualities, are printed in three vibrant neon inks and metallic black.

The result, far more than a mere catalogue of typefaces, demonstrates the power of excavating design problems at their deepest roots, allowing abundant and diverse outcomes to proliferate spontaneously.

Additional information

Weight 3068 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 32.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 February 2024
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.7 x 32.2 cm
Weight 3068 g


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Paul McNeil is a graphic designer, educator and author. He has extensive experience in design teaching and was course leader of the master's programme of Contemporary Typographic Media at the London College of Communication from 2010 to 2015. Seven years in the making, The Visual History of Type, McNeil's definitive survey of type design and typography from 1450 to 2015, was published in 2017. Hamish Muir was co-founder of the London-based graphic design studio 8vo (1985-2001), and co-editor of Octavo, journal of typography (1986-92). He was a senior lecturer in graphic design at the London College of Communication from 2002 to 2019, and has regularly delivered lectures, workshops and short courses to national and international institutions and audiences.