They hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world. This is a great initiative from Andy Wright (Aus Design Radio)
Trick question: Is it easier to remember a new fact if it appears in normal type, like this, or in big, bold letters, like this? The answer is neither. Font size has no effect on memory, even though most people assume that bigger is better. But font style does. Check out his fascinating article from the New York Times on the persuasiveness of type
Hansje van Halem is a graphic designer who works with type. She blurs the boundaries between type and image, between foreground and background, often creating seductive patterns that only reveal their texts only when viewed from the distance, making the reader work hard to decode their message. Her typeface Wind is a dynamic piece of design. Hansje collaborated with Thom Janssen to make a variable full circle rotation of the elements
Is a recently launched New York based type foundry founded by Stéphane Elbaz, a French born graphic and Type designer. Stéphane also teaches at Cooper Union and Type Paris, and previously released typefaces through Typofounderie including his fantastic revival family PS fournier.
The Letterpress enthusiasts among you should definitely check out and sign up for the scoop (that link is a PDF download) - of an e-newsletter compiled by Steve Johnstone the President of the Ferrymead Printing Society.
The Hamilton chimney stack is a typographic icon, the legacy of this important piece of moveable type’s history formed the basis for an exciting new digital typeface.
Photographer Jordi Alfonso captured these fantastic images of Maria Montes solo Shitshow exhibition. The show is on display at Centre d'Art la Panera till September 30, 2018, and for those of you who are (like me) too long distance to attend in person these images will transport you!
I spent the morning doing Erik Marinovich's Skillshare class and lettering envelope compositions! Erik's teaching style was excellent - he was encouraging but also realistic about what people could achieve. He spoke of the importance of continued learning, practice and lots and lots of drills making shapes to build muscle memory to really elevate your lettering skills.
Graphic design has the ability to define our visual landscape, influence culture, and improve products for people but we need to address the issues of politics and prejudice in our profession and start combating them. Design should no longer be defined as a battle between personal style, concept-based design, and objectivity. Erik Carter on the state of and value of our profession
Wood and metal letters pressed into paper laid the foundation for the modern world. Once essential to communication, letterpress printing unexpectedly thrives in our digital age. Pressing On is essential viewing. It took director Erin Beckloff 4 years to bring this film to life, as a backer of the Kickstarter campaign I have seen a sneak peek and I know youre going to love it.
The Lost & Foundry fonts (a collaboration between Fontsmith & The House of St. Barnabas) have been inspired by signage found in and around Soho. Each one is named according to the specific content or location relevant to them, such as Berwick, Cattle & Son and Marlborough. 100% of the proceeds from sales of fonts go directly to the charity to help their essential work.
Precise angles and soft well-considered curves are the foundational hallmarks of Pliego, a beautiful new text face from Madrid based type designer Juanjo López
Jen Farrell & her printers devil daughter Jo are the formidable ladies behind Starshaped press - Jen's ambitious lockups are incredibly inspiring. Inspired by a 20th-century German graphic design book Jen used metal type to represent the female form. Her women would be reflective of her experiences rather than an idealized image created by and for men.
Book Designer (& Booktuber) Holly Dunn explores the history of deckled edges, nerding out about book binding, the practicality of document navigation, and tactility of deckled edges. I found this video in Daniel Benneworth-Gray’s meanwhile newsletter which is a treasure trove for all things book.
Containing rethought letterforms and a new range of glyphs. The distinguishing characteristics of this Didone inspired contemporary face are long dramatically expanding ornamental terminals paired with delicate hairline serifs.
Rough Trade has announced a new publishing venture (designed by Craig Oldham). Launching with 12 Editions, bringing together “the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture,”
Profiling New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler, ‘yields breathtaking results from its use of typography, photography and a dizzying stream of innovations,’ Eye 96 also features ‘Anatomy of a magazine’, illustrated by Jason Ford, eight writers examine some of the key elements that make a magazine a magazine – cover, contents, features, reviews, adverts and so on. Eye before you buy here
Mary Ryan Karnes profiles this notable book designer for spine, an interesting 2-part conversation about iteration, and imitation in design. They discuss how Amanda conveys the book’s message without being too literal or too abstract? Simple, Weiss tells us: calculated imitation is key. We must know what to emulate and what to avoid.
I am trying not to buy fonts while we are building our house - I figure 4 walls & a roof need to take priority with my spending - BUT Discórdia is seriously testing my resolve. Currently available on future fonts with 3 styles each with variable contrast. Regular = broad-nib, Bold = horizontal and the Italic is monoline. The resulting family blurs type classification, successfully mixing things that normally don’t go together.
I love the idea behind this foundry, which meticulously honors each digital instances genesis in an analogue past. Forgotten Shapes publishes digital reconstructions of typefaces that have somehow vanished or become obscure.
LGBTQ+ type designers and letterers collaborate with In-House Int’l on a typographic Poster Series for Pride month at Facebook
The Ulster University Student (about to graduate) is building an impressive portfolio of work with exacting typographic standards and beautiful print detailing.
The British have Gill Sans, the French, Garamond, the Italians, Bodoni, the Swiss, Helvetica. Is there a relationship between a typeface and place? Can a typeface have a regional accent? An exhibition featuring Klim’s National 2 is on display at Objectspace’s main gallery from Friday 29 June to Saturday 4 August 2018.
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