Peter Csatai

Peter Csatai belongs to the youngest generation of type designers in Hungary. He obtained his diploma 2 years ago; his master work (Acydum) was very much appreciated by fellow type designers. As a general characteristic it is important to mention that for him type design is much more a sequence of visual decisions, a search for the best formal disposition that a matter of conveying special cultural messages. Csatai is very much concerned with finding the ideal proportions of the type. In his design he often happens to feel the imagined harmony in the golden section. As a part of formal arrangement he pays a lot of attention to the curved and angular features. He likes playing with these characteristics: one he restricted the design into only curved lines, on the casas the structure is bult up from angular elements exclusivlely, and there are typefaces theere the combination of these two features creates the overall image. CUBE is one of these typfaces were he restricted the design into angular solutions only. "I Wanted to design a typeface that is very close to the square without making any compromises. I came to this stubby, stretching form lacking all curved elements. Cube is naturally not a body type, it was intended for a display type, it was intended for a display type. I think its legibility is quite good, so it can be used perfectly well for different purposes." Without no doubt the sharp angular shapes of the counters are the most symptomatic features of Cube. This gives an almost theedimentional effect as an overall image. It is also interesting to see the designs of the acutes: the double acutes (on the 'o' and 'u') are much slimmer then the single ones, helping naturally legibility. Csatali's fine sense of proportioon is to be observed in relation with type setting of Hungarian texts. As our language uses may diacritical marks he often enlarges leadings so as the character of these marks becomes more visible.