Designed by Miguel Reyes, Canela Condensed draws inspiration from Caslon Extra Condensed which was ubiquitous on American book covers in the 1960s and ’70s, and the condensed serif typefaces from Photolettering Inc. that helped to define the same era in magazine design.
Kilotype is an independent type publisher based in germany. Founders Sebastian Losch is a type designer with an affection for languages. And William Montrose came to type design via a detour in calligraphy and lettering. Both are graduates of the MA Typeface Design program in Reading. Check out the gents releases Frequenz and Sequenz here
Booking now open for edge decoration at London book arts, Learn the techniques of traditional edge decoration from book & paper conservator Abigail Bainbridge. Participants will learn how to prepare text block edges and carry out two edge-colouring techniques, as well as optional burnishing for a shiny finish.
The medium article is adapted from a process book summarizing his year as a student in the Type@CooperWest Extended program. Peter shares twelve things he learned about the practice of type design, the world of type, and the creative process, as a collection of thoughts, projects, and sketches.
Meet Bello Write! A font with real animated calligraphic brush strokes, infinite high resolution, no stop motion frames, just pure perfectly controlled curved High Order Interpolation. And still a font, not a movie. And for those of you super keen to geek out - learn more about the basic principles of more advanced interpolation in variable fonts, explained without the complicated math.
Seb Lester’s New Skillsahre calligraphy course is next level! I have found each module super easy to follow and he provides proportional resources, templates and tips to help you ensure your penmanship is polished! Use this code to check it out with 2 months of premium skillshare access for free.
Dafi Kühne is on fire at the moment - as well as his awesome new series of letterpress videos this innovative print designer has launched a new website where you can learn more about his practice and buy his beautiful posters. I LOVE the scribbling mouse feature it is a super fun digital home for Kühne’s work.
Laura Meseguer did a graphic artist residence at the AGA LAB in Amsterdam. Where she had access to silkscreen and risography print production. The residency led to the conception of a (typo)graphic exhibition called Expanding the Craft which featured outstanding artwork and a beautiful publication entitled letrazine
Operated by Dan Tait-Jamieson (also of NZ’s Printing Museum) Moana road press offers fantastically priced platemaking services, and aluminum laser etched bases in a range of sizes. I don’t often print with plates but am in the process of preparing some art to send to Dan and intend on treating myself to one of his bases too!
Making Faces focuses on one man's dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface. In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font.
Andersen is born from a lack of typefaces adapted to children’s stories and the fact that they are often written to be read aloud. The major innovation is the creation of a complementary punctuation system. Indeed, in addition to classic glyphs, Andersen has 11 totally new punctuation marks that can be used to express feelings. These glyphs are placed at the beginning and end of a sentence to help the reader to find the right tone. What a fantastic concept!
Yet Another Deep Dive knowledge share from James Edmonson… (who is prolifically writing at the moment!) This latest article investigates the mechanics of spacing type - this is a must read for any letterer, type designer or calligrapher.
Beastly is a “dynamite slab”, and makes my heart thump - its extreme contrast and bold forms are insanely cool. The hairline punctuation is on point! Blazeface is another extreme high contrast this time in the style of a contemporary fat face, with hypnotic curves and counters. The third milestone typeface is Covik Sans OH nos first text font designed for continuous reading. Check them out on OHnoTypeCo’s brand new website.
2 days left to support the University of York’s Department of English establish the Thin Ice Press. They are building a fully operational printing studio, featuring a unique replica wooden common press at its heart. Why Thin Ice Press? In the winter of 1739, the River Ouse froze over. A York printer, Thomas Gent, wrapped some equipment in a blanket and headed out onto the ice. Despite some ominous creaking and cracking, he did a roaring trade printing souvenir broadsides, complete with the immortal words, ‘Printed on the frozen Ouse’.
Jamie Murphy of the Salvage press launched a beautiful new site this month, curating his completed printwork and in-progress work. I am a huge fan of all Jamie does - his exacting print work and perfect publications are super inspirational. I almost fell off my chair seeing his woodgrain mermaid print on the site.
The Fontsmith library has been in development for over 20 years and is a carefully curated collection of over 500 fonts. The Library Book is the definitive guide to the entire collection detailing each character set and bringing each font’s personality to life. A real collectors’ item that is full of typographic indulgence. Pick up your copy of this stunning specimen before it sells out.
a terrific 2013 article from Nina Stössinger on being a digital native designer “Sketching Out of My Comfort Zone” using Typecooker to draw type every day. Her “Daily Typesketch” was an experiment — in drawing, discipline, public practice, and in getting less fearful of process and paper.
Ciaran “didn’t really have an introduction to art and design from an early age; my dad is a firefighter and my mum works in admin," he tells It’s Nice That. As a result, his explanation for his chosen career path is simple: "I think it all began through looking.”
Segma's personality stems from its geometric precision and modern utility. Circular geometry is paired with horizontal strength to produce a contemporary modern aesthetic, while open apertures, and low contrast strokes provide a comfortable reading experience. The launch is marked with the release of a limited edition specimen which plays with distorition of Segma’s robust geometry.
It’s on again! This time Typism will be in Canberra as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival. 8–10 November, 2018 The line up is excellent check out the event schedule and speaker bios here.
Maria Montes wrote a blog post about attending a five-day Copperplate Calligraphy course in France. The article conveys key learnings from the course content - as well as tips on how to prepare a residential workshop beforehand, to ensure you make the most out of your learning experience. The post is also peppered with Maria’s gorgeous work!
We may be entering a typographic revolution. Variable font technology, which enables a single font file to behave like multiple fonts, is a hot topic not just among type nerds. This interview is an excellent intro what all the fuss is about with variable fonts…
From renaissance writing books to contemporary children’s books, the endeavor to form text into image is found throughout the Letterform Archive. Assistant Librarian, Kate Goad, brings these threads together in our latest collections feature, highlighting examples of shaped text that span centuries and formats.
According to some designers, typefaces are never finished, only abandoned. But sometimes typefaces are found again. This is the story how Sinews Sans was re-mastered and trained for pan-European language support.
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