My love affair with Letterpress blossomed on Saturday mornings. I was burnt out (and a nervous wreck) at the time and I bought a press to get some analogue art therapy. With experimentation my creative confidence grew as did my collection of presses and type. When I heard letterforms archive were curating Jack Stauffacher’s weekend print experiments into a book my curiousity was naturally piqued.
Sébastien Morlighem profiles Contrast Foundry for Fontstand. Based in Moscow, Contrast Foundry was launched last year by Maria Doreuli, Liza Rasskazova, Nikita Sapozhkov and Anna Khorash. This highly motivated team develops fonts and logos for its clients as well as fonts for the retail market.
Sam Roberts is the driving force behind Better Letters, one of my favourite type workshop/events providers. He is an authority on hand-painted lettering. Not just contemporary work, Sam knows the ghost signs of London intimately after researching the cities fading painted signage remnants for the last 14 years. Ahead of the upcoming Taupo Letterheads event, I caught up with Sam to learn more about his journey, passions and collaborations.
A youtube channel documenting the projects and process of this renowned studio. The latest offering is a time-lapse showing the results of a typography workshop with Delaware College of Art & Design. Each of the 17 students brought a typography-related quote to handset using 36 point metal type.
In this class Martina Flor, lettering artist and designer, will share her secrets to successfully digitising a lettering piece to achieve expressive designs. Vector drawings can help you achieve a greater control on the shapes of your lettering. Also, the nature of a commercial project often requires the scalability that a digital drawing provides. If you want to get all nerdy working on your curves and adding visual depth to your designs, this class is for you!
Whether you're discovering printmaking for the first time or you're looking for fresh ideas to reinvigorate your practice, you'll find plenty of inspiration in this new book from Frances Stanfield and Lucy McGeown. Brimming with experimental, arresting and beautiful examples of printmaking from all over the world, it will take your creativity further and awaken new ideas.
Jack Stauffacher lived a singular life at the heart of San Francisco’s creative community. For over 50 years he designed and printed books at 300 Broadway, and his experimental wood type prints are the subject of Letterform Archive’s next book. Stephen Coles documents the experience of packing up Stauffacher’s studio — his work, collection, and reference library — for a new home at the Archive.
“The ink is really thick, almost like honey,” he says, spooning out a small dollop of it before spreading it over the large metal disk of a late 19th century printing press, and starting it up by spinning the wheel and stepping down to meet a rising foot pedal shaped like a “G.”
The Dutch design icon who gave us the ultra-geometric Gridnik typeface, has passed away at the age of 90 in his hometown of Amsterdam. Describing him as the "king of grid", online platform Typeroom said in a tribute that he was "one of the most prominent and important figures in the visual arts of our times" and "a lover of clarity, functionality and machine-like simplicity".
Reviving Type is a book on archive research and contemporary type design, written and designed by Nóra Békés & Céline Hurka, published by Acute Publishing. The book is available for sale with international shipping now! Order Reviving Type directly here → “The publication guides the reader from finding original sources in archives, through historical investigation and design process to the finished type.”
Emily Hancock of St Brigids press is building a series of posts on female lineage in the art of printing and book-making. The most recent article shines a spotlight on: Elizabeth Yeats. “If the surname sounds familiar, you are right ~ Elizabeth (1868-1940) was the sister of famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats.”
Starting out in design (or other fields for that matter) isn’t easy. Tuition fees, software subscriptions, etc. all mount up. Kilotype strongly believe in the value and accessibility of education which is why they developed a license specifically designed for Students*.
“We believe that type foundries don’t want to be spending time and money maintaining websites. We also believe you shouldn’t have to settle for reaping only a fraction of the revenue of sales that major marketplaces pay out in royalties. Fontdue removes this hurdle by providing the tools you need to run a foundry with no upfront cost, and a pricing model that scales to your size. We take care of running and maintaining the technology so that you can focus on designing and marketing your typefaces.”
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm, will acquire all outstanding shares of Monotype common stock for $19.85 per share in cash, representing an aggregate equity value of approximately $825 million.
Behind the fonts is series of designer interviews aimed at highlighting the people and process behind the fonts you love and use. This installment features Jessica McCarty, an award-winning designer of handwritten and calligraphic fonts. McCarty founded Magpie Paper Works, a boutique typographic foundry specializing in hand-drawn fonts and custom lettering. She also co-founded Rare Bird Foundry in 2017, where she transforms select artists’ calligraphy into premium OpenType fonts.
The 2019 Font Purchasing Habits Survey is a research initiative to support the type industry. The survey will last for 45 days - August 27 - October 11. Take the survey and as a thank you, you’ll get 15 awesome Monotype fonts for free! The survey is available in 6 languages - English, German, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese.
Katie Kerr believes design can be more thoughtful by instigating critical research processes; more sustainable by informing aesthetics with best practice rather than trends; and more poetic by applying considered and elegant form. I caught up with this celebrated designer, publisher and craft(wo)man, on the back of her recent PANZ young designer of the year award win. Image courtesy of Xander Dixon for Enjoy Art Project Space
Catalog Press was borne of Ben Denzer’s fascination and unique design stance on books, interested in them because “they are both content and object; simultaneously sculpture and catalog, singular contained multitudes,” he tells It’s Nice That. In turn, Catalog Press’ output builds upon this stance and Ben’s overall attitude of trying “to find ways to approach the book as a physical object,”
For this week’s Bookshelf, the artist and illustrator Charlotte Ager talks It’s Nice That through the books that she repeatedly returns to. On these notable titles she explains: “I use books in my practice less as visual points of reference and more as studies in how to tell stories and express ideas.”
“I think graphic design needs more benevolence, and young type designers need more help to highlight their work and find clients and collaborators. I think they need a digital place where the public can test their work to help them acquire more visibility,” says graphic and type designer Floriane Rousselot, the founder of Typelab. A digital platform, Typelab is a space to do exactly that: showcase the work of young typographers who are unable to sell their fonts through more established and traditional type foundries.
the second episode is with Craig Black, an award-winning typographer, lettering artist and independent designer. (And all round champion human!) Craig is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of a social enterprise aimed at utilising the creative sector to be the nucleus for positive social change across Inverclyde and Scotland. Craig tells us where his fascination with typography came from and discusses how making mistakes has helped him develop his ability to adapt.
Going freelance is much more than executing assignments and getting paid. Being your own boss is about building a project that you are proud of, that carries your mark, represents your vision, and that ultimately makes you happy. With an insightful, passionate, and personal approach—within a modern and beautifully designed book—Martina Flor reveals all secrets behind building a professional practice in the creative industries, while developing your personal brand and making a living as a freelancer. Your big leap starts here.
Podcast host Jarrett Fuller talks with Rick Poynor / writer, critic, and editor on graphic design and visual culture. In addition to founding and serving as the first editor in chief of Eye, Rick also cofounded Design Observer, continues as a columnist for Eye, and has written for Print and Blueprint. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jarrett and Rick talk about the early days of Eye and his early interest in visual culture, the evolution of design discourse over his career, and the new publications that excite him today.
The latest book release from Letterform Archive is Morla : Design a career-spanning monograph of leading designer and AIGA medalist Jennifer Morla. It features exquisite reproductions of her work, vital design insights, reflections on Jennifer’s 26 favorite characters from 19th and 20th-century typefaces, and behind-the-scenes stories, all brought together an astonishing print package devised by Morla herself.
I feel nervous posting this as there has been a lot of heat around this topic in type lately! But this article shares my story of doing the wrong thing then correcting course when building a font library.
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