The OGP Wayzgoose is fast approaching (the same weekend as Hamilton’s!) Saturday 3 November 2018 10am – 5pm at
Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP. Id love to attend one day but for those of you in the UK (or close enough to check the event out) the line up is fabulous with some of my favourite UK printers; The Carpathian Press, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Incline Press, Paekakariki Press, Red Plate Press, Semple Press, The Whittington Press and more
Craig Mod is a writer and designer based in Japan, in this beautifully thoughtful narrative on the importance of margins and whites space in book design. “A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.”
Yoobee School of Design Christchurch presents a weekend Workshop from Internationally renowned Australian Typographer Wayne Thompson. Over the 2 days participants will practice ‘Hand Lettering’ both days using conventional drawing exploration and design of a piece of customised hand lettering. An Evening Lecture on the Sat from 5-7pm will be included – Subject – Font Licensing Copyright.
Steven Heller talks to Oliver Jeffers (one of my favourite illustrators letterers and book typographers) about his career, process and new monograph “Oliver Jeffers: The Working Mind & Drawing Hand.” The book gives readers an unprecedented and intimate window into his creative process, weaving his popular works with never-before-seen art, the story of his love of books and bookmaking. The Heller interview is super insightful too.
There is a real joy in creating something unexpected from a simple idea. That notion is echoed throughout issue five, be it an Argentinian artist bringing together a series of small printed pieces to create a breathtaking letterpress sculpture, or printmakers using overheard phrases as a jumping off point to create imagined worlds and bold poster prints.
As typographers we understand the principle that challenging reading (where the reader has to slow and concentrate) can help aid retention (albeit frustrate the reader!) Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school used this thinking as a basis for “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory and learning
Martin Venezky is an artist, designer, photographer, and educator. In his practice, he tells stories by combining and recontextualizing images and objects found in the world to create new worlds. His process reveals a lot about his own story too — one of imperfection, surprise, and patience. Learn more at Letterform Archive
A new project initiated by Designers Speak (Up) organised by Katie Kerr, Alice Connew and Catherine Griffiths. The Directory of Women Designers aims to establish a perpetual index of all Aotearoa New Zealand female identifying designers, of all diversities — social, cultural, ethnic. Get involved here
A music icon, a place, an identity, a typeface and an artist come together to share and create new memories.
The publishers will correctly tell you, this book has a broader reach than type design professionals, and that it is a must-read for students and professionals alike. My thinking is this is a book I wish was written sooner - but I am grateful exists now. Whether you're an art director, graphic designer, calligrapher, historian, print enthusiast or harbour any curiosity for the mechanics of visual language this book is essential reading.
Jordi Embodas and Maria Ramos, (Nomada's designers) pitch this family of intimately linked styles as an exploration through type history and geographies… Although it could equally be viewed as a journey through time.
Thanks to Fresh Fonts for the heads up on Grilli Type’s Specimen book, covering 9 years of Grilli Type releases. Playful and witty design, this 120 page, Offset-printed (2 fluorescent inks) document is a fantastic showcase of the independent Swiss foundry’s catalogue.
Publishing is often an exciting 'passion project' for designers and so unsurprisingly rarely gets the budget it needs making it a very expensive, long and at times painful process if the planning hasn't be done right. This Auckland based workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to dive deeper into the publishing world and avoid unnecessary pain.
When Kat Loudon graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, she made the decision to give the whole relocating to London thing a miss. The studio she co-founded, Design by Zag, remains a Glaswegian concern, merging meticulous research with imaginative thinking to create projects that are as meaningful as they are considered.
A short documentary on the work and life of San Francisco designer, Martin Venezky. I loved hearing his take on assembly and collision of objects in compositions. Super interesting!
Design's most prolific writer Steven Heller shares why writing matters and what designers need to know. Presented in collaboration with AIGA, the professional association for design, this 30-minute class will help you bring clear, creative communication into every project. Check out the class and get 2 months of skillshare premium for free.
This limited edition chapbook is accompanied by a beautiful linoleum block illustration by Lana Lambert. The poems are hand-set in Bembo, newly cast in metal by The Bixler Letterfoundry. The book is letterpress printed on Emily Hancock’s venerable 1909 Golding Pearl foot-treadled press. Learn more and pre-order here
With a strong emphasis on food and wine, there will be plenty of time for letterpress printing during Legacy of Letters 2019 Tipo Cibo Vino. Guest artists will be Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos of Peter Kruty Editions, based in Brooklyn, New York. As with the workshops led by Alan Kitching (2015) and Erik Spiekermann (2017), there will be a half day devoted to learning to set metal type by hand and four full days set aside for printing.
In this overtly digital environment, we operate in the is an unmistakable allure to all things analogue and handmade. So it is no surprise that the genre of distressed typefaces that are digital creations with analogue aesthetics are growing in number. What sets Kontiki apart from other faces in this category is that it was faithfully produced analogue in an exhaustive carve/print process and then digitized. As a result, Kontiki has an authenticity, warmth and variance which sets it head and shoulders above its peers.
“Humboldt was one of the greatest minds in the world. His line of thought influenced science and politics; inspiring Darwin, Thoreau, Simón Bolivar, Goethe” Alexander Humboldt, was a geographer, a naturalist, an explorer; On numerous expeditions he explored much of the western and eastern world. Not only did he gather important findings of the flora and fauna, he made a significant contribution to the surveying and mapping of the planet.
Extended sans serifs first appeared in the 19th century, when printers making lottery posters demanded endless novelty in letterforms, encouraging typefounders to explore the limits of width and weight. The 20th century saw wide sans serifs incorporated into systematic, grid-friendly grotesks. Graphik Wide draws on both of these traditions, further broadening the utility of the Graphik collection.
Gig (by Franziska Weitgruber) is an expressive display typeface with roots in feltpen writing taking aspects of sign painting-style letter shapes. Originally developed with the purpose of music events and publications in mind, Gig is suitable for lots of different display applications. Pro Tip: When you purchase a license to a typeface from future fonts, you get all future updates for free! The price goes up with every version, so get in early to get the best deal!
Brenner bucks the convention of imbuing a typeface with a unique tone of voice, combining seemingly unrelated styles into a chorus of voices! Rather than make a super family with one skeleton and subtle shifts to tweak genre, Brenner celebrates differences in form, yet all styles share vertical metrics, so as distinctive as they are, they support each other surprisingly well in complex layouts.
John Boardley’s article for the book history lovers, on the historical developments and convention of the index. “On the whole indexing is a question of common sense, and consistency is the only inflexible rule.” Cambridge University Press Indexing Guidelines
Written words always exist within the three dimensions of the maker (the type designer), the user (the designer) and the consumer (the reader). But what does it mean to be a type-maker, -user or -consumer? How is language working anyway? Together with Dutch composer Jacq Palinckx and writer Kees ’t Hart, underwear visually expand an understanding of typography.
Any new typeface designs produced or published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 are eligible. SUBMIT YOUR WORK! (Typeface designs may be submitted by anyone involved in their design, production, or marketing.)
I have plugged Robin Rendle’s Adventures in Typography newsletter here before but (now in its 25th edition) I feel it bears repeating! Adventures in Typography is a (mostly) weekly love letter to the written word. Topics include: calligraphy, lettering, display type, micro type, books about fonts, type specimens, neon lights, posters, morse code, stamps, literature, web design, and books about seeds, the content is always thoughtful, engagingly written and full of visual delight.
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