How a 100 year old font inspired Black Mountain.
Brand identity for Black Mountain Recording Studios, a state of the art professional recording studio. Wood-clad, and set high-up in the Cooley Mountains, it boasts panoramic views over the Irish sea, and is a unique location to make music in.
As the studio prides itself on sourcing and curating a specific sound, using vintage equipment and recording methods, we wanted the identity to have soul and resonance by using a Gothic 8 Line Wood type from 1838.
We worked with Kevin Auer, from The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection | Art & History Department of University of Texas, Austin. Using a Gothic 8 Line Wood type (Edwin Allen, 1838) – RRK typeset, printed and scanned the type, which we then used.
Focusing on the studio initials, we created a monogram logo mark reflecting the BM curvature, combining the two letters to reflect a mountain, records and tape reels. We then laser cut this to form a wood block, rolled, printed and scanned the mark, to retain all noise, sfumato and character.