Kapitza is a multi-disciplinary design studio in East London run by Sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza who share an excitement for print, pattern, nature, minimalism and colour. The sisters draw inspiration from nature, people and software, and have developed extensive series of unique picture fonts and illustrations that lie somewhere between image source and art project.
We’ve been following your work for a while now; can you explain what your company does?
We work across a choice of media, including non-alphanumeric fonts, iPad apps and three-dimensional work. We also join forces with a variety of international clients to generate exhibitions and products featuring their characteristic artworks, such as stationery, canvasses, calendars, wall stickers and tiles, textiles and postage stamps.
Aren’t fonts imaginary to be letters? How do designers exploit your work?
Most fonts are of course letters, but printer’s ornaments have been around since portable type printing commenced in the 15th century. And the nonstop possibilities of the font design keep inspiring us to create new fonts and projects based around them. Designers use our work similar to they would use other vector images. The benefit of using one of our fonts is that the designer gets a whole set of images which are intended to work together and complement each other.
Can you talk on the iPad app? What is it for?
Our iPad and iPhone app Geometric is a prototype creator app which creates a new pattern when you swipe the screen. The patterns are all unique and generated on the fly using our Geometric fonts and other parameters akin to color palettes, sequences and sizes.
We are presently working on version 1.1 which will allow the user to ‘lock’ any of these parameters, to have more control over the patterns which are formed. The app is for all creative’s and pattern lovers; it works as a source of motivation and a tool to generate backgrounds and wallpapers.