Kraliçe Sohbet

Cem Eskinazi

January 11, 2021

Kralicesohbet Web
Marking the 10th year of SALT and its identity program, the fifteenth edition of Kraliçe is designed by Cem Eskinazi.

Kraliçe Sohbet is inspired by SALT Research Collections compiling of 1,860,000 documents under the titles of “Art,” “Architecture and Design,” “City, Society, and Economy,” as well as SALT’s multilayered programs, to reflect on the collaborative practice and open conversations initiated by the institution since 2011. It draws on archival visuals to revive and represent the letters and numerals; and uses open type to switch between three sets of characters, so that consecutive forms are never repeated, to provide a sense of “equal distribution of variety” across words and phrases.

Kraliçe is a typographic system developed by Project Projects (today Wkshps) that explores the transformation of nonmaterial goods through networks. Originally created as the identity program for SALT, Kraliçe is an open system that allows for accrued meaning over time. The institutional mark is distributed throughout the typeface as the four letters S-A-L-T. New designers are invited to reinterpret these four characters on an ongoing basis, thereby reframing the institution’s identity.

Kraliçe is based on the typeface Queen (2004) by Timo Gaessner, 123buero.

Version 1.0, December 2010: Kraliçe Open; Timo Gaessner, with S-A-L-T letters by Project Projects, New York

Version 2.0, September 2011: Kraliçe Marble; S-A-L-T letters by Dries Wiewauters

Version 3.0, January 2012: Kraliçe Uncertain; S-A-L-T letters by Sulki & Min

Version 4.0, May 2012: Kraliçe Contrast; S-A-L-T letters by Alpkan Kırayoğlu

Version 5.0, September 2012: Kraliçe 2way; S-A-L-T letters by Thirst

Version 6.0, January 2013: Kraliçe Hacked; S-A-L-T letters by ECAL/Anna Bitzer

Version 7.0, January 2014: Kraliçe Color; S-A-L-T letters by Sueh Li Tan

Version 8.0, November 2014: Kraliçe Deep Blue; S-A-L-T letters by Åbäke

Version 9.0, October 2015: Kraliçe Schizoid; S-A-L-T letters by Sarp Sözdinler

Version 10, August 2016: Kraliçe Raw; S-A-L-T letters by Ömer Faruk Güven

Version 11, March 2017: Kraliçe Coexist; S-A-L-T letters by İpek Erdöl

Version 12, December 2017: Kraliçe Ornament; S-A-L-T letters by Khajag Apelian

Version 13, March 2018: Kraliçe ReOpen; S-A-L-T letters by Wkshps

Version 14, February 2020: Kraliçe ML; S-A-L-T letters by Channel Studio

Version 15, January 2021: Kraliçe Sohbet; S-A-L-T-O-N letters and 1-0 numerals by Cem Eskinazi