"Stress should not be used as a form of social currency - it’s not a badge of honour, it’s a mental health problem. We need to start showing that putting in outrageous hours doesn’t equate to being more passionate, productive or creative."
Lucky Brisbane! This is a follow up shout out to remind you all that this winter Better Letters is launching a new three-day workshop in the river city to teach participants the related skills of signwritten lettering and gilding. The techniques will be introduced through the development of two hands-on projects, one being a pre-designed glass piece, and the other a custom wooden panel.
The Creative Independent (a resource of emotional and practical guidance for artists) published a survey about how creatives make money - interestingly - people who promoted their work 1-2 hours per week were more financially stable than those who spent 3 or more hours promoting/sharing their work. The findings are super interesting!
Laïc: is an exciting new independent type foundry founded by Maciej Połczyński, aiming to represent and serve our community by providing high-quality and affordable display typefaces.
Chiswell St was once this was the centre of printing in the City of London. The foundry established by William Caslon in 1737, stood here until 1937. These historic photographs from St Bride Printing Library, taken in 1902 upon the occasion of the opening of the new Hackney Wick Caslon factory
A new online resource on bookbinding ‘Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder's Ancient Craft’ developed by Barr Smith Library’s Lee Hayes, whose detailed text illustrated with examples from the University of Adelaide Rare Books and her own collection will be a valuable reference for anyone interested in the craft and history of bookbinding.
A Melbourne based multi-disciplinary designer specialising in print, typography, art direction and visual identities. Dominique’s type-heavy visualisation of dreams (a graduation project) was recently featured by It’s Nice That, leading me down the rabbit-hole to discover other exciting bookworks and design via her personal site.
More great content on what makes a book cover successful… In this insightful article ten book designers discuss their rejected designs.
Secret 7” partnered with Squarespace to launch Speak Your Mind. A collaboration between DIA Studio and Zach Lieberman, Speak Your Mind is a web-based generative expressive type application that allows users to create their own unique posters to be printed and displayed at the exhibition.
Reforma is a multiform typeface that includes diverse voices grouped into three main styles, PampaType began with the formation of a skeleton that could embody different muscle modulations. Therefore enabling a wide range of type styles, to be fleshed out with or without strokes contrast, with or without serifs, while the different styles had the same proportion and spirit.
Aus Design Radio podcast introduced me to the work of Tom Carey, It is a great episode and lead me down the rabbithole to discover Carey's work on the Sydney Opera House rebrand which included a collaboration with Laurenz Brunner on an amazing 3d and motion responsive typeface
with a considered economy of shapes, the minimal geometric approach discards any surplus form or flourish on the hunt for the purest of art-deco letterforms
in 2012 Boxcar Press released the popular "Swing Away Lay Gauge for the Heidelberg Windmill." Its swinging arm meant you could finally have tight register on your Windmill without worrying about smashing your form or marking your paper. Next month Boxcar are set to release a second generation with dozens of improvements read more here
Katy Waldman questions Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art? Leonardo da Vinci, held down at least a dozen occupations, from cartographer to engineer to painter to architect. But today, we rain down suspicion on those who seem ruled by competing creative impulses...
Belinda Lanks Editor and creative lead of Magenta talks to Master book designers about their picks for the best covers of all time, the strongest outcomes various design elements—the typeface, the color scheme, and the composition—come together to create a visual metaphor for the text.
Creative work is self perpetuating. If you design and share the work you want to be paid for as side projects, clients will eventually start to engage you to create that work for them… Volvovski wanted to design more books, “But I wasn’t getting book work, and since I read a lot, I figured, for fun, as an exercise, I would do it anyway, to see what I came up with.” I love this project and the intent behind it.
Best known for her landmark work in the publishing industry. In this short excerpt from the March Nicer Tusdays London event profiles her work on the Gentlewoman design, “It’s not just about form, but also the dialogue between me and the collaborators… the dialogue between form, creative direction, photography and language.”
The Typism line up this year is outstanding. With Barbara Enright sharing her years of experience on the brush, Crystian Cruz inspiring us with the details of type design in the digital era and many brilliant speakers yet to be announced the 4th Typism is shaping up to be the best yet!
In the center of the Bay Area, the center for all things tech, lays a center of a more analogue nature. The San Francisco Center for the Book. profiled Director joshua moore profiles the center and chronicles from early clay tablets to the invention of the printing press to the modern smartphone that now fits in your pocket.
Type and print designer Elizabeth Carey Smith drops many wisdom bombs in this TheFutur interview on having a long, relevant and meaningful career in design. ECS talks about staying engaged, worklife balance, financial security and the basics of learning how to adult too. Its a wonderfully insightful feature.
I was thirlled to see my talented friends Resistenza profiled as the Myfonts feature foundry this month. “Giuseppe Salerno and Paco González share a love of hand-written type. To capture as much of that handmade character as possible, the two begin their designs the traditional way, with pen and paper.”
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