For many of us there can be a disconnect between the design process and the bookbinding. For Kristine Kawakubo, the art of handmade bookbinding is at the centre of her design process from conception to completion. Experimentation is the key to Kristine’s beautifully hand-bound books as the type and imagery interact to create unique compositions.
An elegant blend of typographic structure with calligraphic details give Study its distinguished charm. Based on an alphabet concept by designer and engraver Rudolph Ruzicka, first published in 1968 but never completed as a typeface. XYZ Type’s Jesse Ragan has reimagined it as a stunning 12-style family, full of unexpected twists and turns.
Nadine Chahine’s admirable typeface Kafa says ENOUGH to divisive politics, ENOUGH to racism, and ENOUGH to the lies. It’s production a protest against Trump’s blatant racism, support for rightwing extremism, neo-Nazi ideology, condemnation of his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and his unilateral withdrawal from the Iran agreement, rejecting diplomacy and paving the way towards more conflicts.
As kids we're all weird, we have our interests and activities, and we like to run them full throttle. As we get older, we realize there’s a price to being different or standing out, so we shrink from our weirdness in fear of anyone finding out who we really are.
Husar by Jorge Morales is a text and display serif type family inspired by the rebellion and diplomacy that framed the events in Latin America during the first half of the XIX century, also known as the period of independence. I LOVE the unique form and shifting weight in this delightful face and think it is exceptional value at only $10 (US)
Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 in 2018. To commemorate his life and legacy, an international touring exhibition has opened in Melbourne. Wayne Thompson (of ATF) was commissioned to create a typeface based on his handwriting, for use in the exhibition and promotional materials
A beautiful and boisterous new typeface from Font Smith (designed by Krista Radoeva). FS Kim is bold and intriguing – While its forms are dramatic, it’s incredibly versatile, too, and works to showcase content in a stylish, striking way. This font’s unconventional beauty makes you look, and makes you curious.
Designed by Alberto Romanos, Bw Seido Round is a semi condensed font family with rounded corners. The design was heavily Influenced by the systematic principles behind DIN 1451, with its clean, minimal shapes and rigid geometric feel. But Seido has been softened not just with rounded edges, but in the the approach to modulation seeking to move this typeface from purely mechnical to friendly. Branding with type are offering 75% off to mark the launch until November 30.
Johanne strongly believes in ideas-driven design and the importance of personal projects. “This industry can be so serious sometimes, personal projects are a way to have fun with graphic design”, says the designer.
Te Papa recently released Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing. While the books text is culturally significant, it is also a compelling piece of design. On the occasion of the book being released, Lana Lopesi interviewed Arch MacDonnell, Inhouse Creative Director for Design Assembly.
New Zealand’s foremost graphic and visual design community, Design Assembly, celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year. The leap spoke with founder and designer, Louise Kellerman, about how the organisation has grown into a business and a national hub for Kiwi designers.
Amy Constable of St Gertrudes press has just launched the inaugural Australian Literary Diary, just in time for Christmas. In collaboration with Caroline Kennon, Amy has created the diary she always needed. With all the book festivals and literary events, competitions and submissions in one place and monthly reading recommendations of great Australian stories. Produced with a letterpress cover, lettered by Eliza Svikulis.
These two new typefaces both obey and reject the grid at the same time. They feature wonderfully quirky latin glyphs, maze-like in thier even distribution between straight lines and curves. Likening his creative process to conducting an orchestra of letters. He tells It’s Nice That: “I try to turn noise into something harmonious”, slowly “modifying, correcting, regulating every detail until I get what I want.” Benoît asserts that his design decisions are made according “to what I hear from the orchestra”
A new book from Uppercase magazine, this 368-page book features profiles of 48 designers, artists, artisans and entrepreneurs who make things with print. And there's an amazing variety within: silkscreen, letterpress, risograph, linocut and more; Pick up your copy (and take a look inside) here
Kelly-Winterton Press has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a comprehensive biography of the calligrapher, type designer, and typographer Hermann Zapf. Scrupulously researched and enriched by decades of conversations with Zapf and his associates, the book details Zapf’s personal and work experiences and explores his modern design aesthetic.
Next year, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will be restoring Rembrandt’s The Night Watch via a web livestream. Art fans will be able to watch the classic work be restored in real-time online and in real life, as conservators are allowing a public gaze to oversee their restoration of the classic work in the museum, too.
Those of you who (like me) are craving more of Dafi Kühne’s printing show videos in your life, check out his monograph published by Lars Mueller. Using very different kinds of instruments, from a MacBook to a pantograph, he pushes the boundaries of design and print. Fusing modern means with the century-old tradition of the letterpress, he forms a new vocabulary on how to communicate through type and form in a truly un-nostalgic way.
While I don’t often link direct to twitter (in case the link disappears) this video from Hole&Corner is worth a look! Cylinder printing revolutionised the printing industry in the 18th century. Designs are carved onto copper cylinders or rollers, which are mounted on a large central cylinder. Each cylinder is fed with its own colour as the cloth is passed through.
My family is from the north east of England, I lived and workedthere in my late teens so it holds a special place in my heart. These Northern Types, is ambitious, expansive, and inventive. It consists of 17 small publications, each of which explores a different aspect of what northern identity is, and can be, in the 21st century, and each of which reflects a custom typeface produced for the project.
What feeds the inspiration of the designer? Observation. As a typographer I love words, but I am also enamoured with the concept of this book… Every picture tells a story without words, in the language of form. Morrison responds to the arbitrariness of form with simplicity and complexity, poetry and humor in a repertoire of compelling designs. A World Without Words is a pocket-sized school of seeing.
Sarah’s plan is to write, design and publish a series of small books to document the Font Experiment process and share the results of each topic, while also continuing with the research. She is also writing a new novel that plunges readers right into the dystopian history of printing. This will take time and money; write and design the books, and to have them printed. You can become a part of the exclusive community that will make this happen by becoming a Patreon of her work.
You know when you click a link and fall down the internet rabbithole? My latest fall fall fall landed me on the MagpiePaperworks website marveling at the warmth and character of Jacob Riley, a hand drawn serif “based on antique 18th century printers’ specimens and has been hand-illustrated with calligraphy nibs dipped in walnut ink.”
The Hex website is launching as a showcase of fonts that are mostly unreleased. It is an impressive collection of work from Nick and he teases on twitter that there is plenty more to come “with examples of web design work and more detailed info about the company” to be updated soon.
Owen is my favourite poet - I found his work so graphic (and harrowing) the stanza’s have been vivid in my mind since first discovering his work at school more than 20 years ago. Now his words are accompanied with beautiful (yet appropriately sombre and dark) illustration in a hefty hardback format
Melbourne Letterer Casey Schuurman has a fantastic page on her site of resources (talks, articles, books etc) to inspire creativity, practice and everyday life. While binging on the resources be sure to check out her shop for super cute gifts, art and her excellent monoline script lettering kits.
Myrna Keliher of expedition press has been furrowing her brow and further crafting Expedition’s mission, vision, and offerings. October saw her publish a bunch of new content on the website, including a manifesto and her wonderful poetry propaganda packages.
“Every job is hard. Design is hard, marketing is hard, and working at McDonald’s and Starbucks and Walmart is hard. Why does it feel "easier" to do something we don’t love than to do something we actually feel passionate about? I think we lose our courage to pursue our creative dreams when we feel that the only way we can make a living is to conform. I realise now that making a living doing what you love requires a personal belief that you have something meaningful to contribute.”
Letterer Kate Pullen’s “The A to Z of Things I’ve Pulled Out of My Dog’s Mouth” combines type, art and dogs three of my favourite things! Three years after adopting her staffy Vinnie kate writes “we find ourselves in the midst of this A to Z, from the somewhat expected, to the slightly peculiar and the downright disgusting." All humans and dogs welcome, at the shows opening 17 November, 12-3pm at Lamington Drive, Collingwood
Loving this project from Jess Cruickshank. The Christmas Calligraphy Drive is an effort to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Through this website, you can order gift tags personalised with names written in beautiful calligraphy. 100% of gift tag sales will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Lovely penmanship, for a great cause, shipping is in Australia only (unfortunately for those of use further afield)!
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