Maria Montes is all around amazing. She is a first class human, calligrapher, letterer, type designer, teacher and friend. I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve and she has an endless energy for her work and the creative community. Her talk called “What a Shitshow: The use of language as cultural identity” has just been released by the TDC team and I cant wait to watch it.
After completing Kontiki to much celebration and admiration from our community, Felix set to work expanding the family by developing the characters that informed his woodcuts. The resulting font is Pulpo, a friendly and comfortable looking slab serif inspired by Century Schoolbook and Clarendon.
Graphic designers and type designers need each other (aww!). Our relationship is a powerful force that shapes the typographic landscape. And yet, we never get together. It’s time we talked. Join Elizabeth Carey Smith, June Shin, Lisa Smith, Nina Stössinger, and YuJune Park on March 27th where we’ll be catching up and shedding light on our unique and collaborative process. The speakers will be giving a brief presentation of their creative processes, and will gather around for a panel discussion.
The Book on Books on Artist Books by Arnaud Desjardin takes stock of a wide variety of publications on artists’ books since the early 1970s to draw attention to the kind of documentary trace of distribution, circulation and reception they represent. A source book of exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, monographs, dealership catalogues and other lists published to inform, promote, describe, show, distribute and circulate artists’ books. This new edition comes with an addendum and new, updated material.
In this practical antidote to a “quit your job and do what you love” talk, Jess unpacks the question — “What do you want to be when you grow up?”— and the importance of finding out who you are in the first place. She notes the answer to “Who am I?” is never static — it shifts and transforms over and over again as you grow, change, mature, hormonally implode, and so on. Only once you know yourself, discover what actually makes you tick, can you “do what you love.”
WePresent interview with publication designer Matt Willey on sensibility, design and creative confidence. “Ultimately I want to work with great content, with great stories, great ideas, and I think this is about as good as it gets.” you can also listen to his recent design your life podcast here
A (not recent but great) Industry People feature from Grafik - profiles Rik van Leeuwen of Wonderful Books to learn more about his work with designers, artists and writers bringing their beautiful work to life in print form...
Within his portfolio of typographically-led, pared-back design pieces, William signifies he’s a designer with a goal “to create work that does not overpower the subject matter but supports and enhances the content, through sensitive design approaches and principles,”
Book designer Daniel Benneworth-Gray on living, breathing, shopping, reading all things design, being an incredibly dull dinner party guest and dreaming of being a viking. “Being a designer is enjoyable and challenging, and so what if it clutters up other bits of my life? There’s nothing wrong with a bit of clutter – that’s just elements on a page, waiting for order.”
“Join Font Designer Lila Symons for an engaging and informative introduction to the numerous women with whom she has collaborated with over the years at Hallmark Cards. And how working alongside pre-eminent female artists and makers has resulted in the production of many new fonts for Hallmark’s proprietary type library. Learn how these collaborations have inspired her own lettering and font work both as a developer and lettering source.”
“Letterpress printing involved complex, arcane processes; what used to be a commonplace means of communication is now both craft and art. It is celebrated for what makes it different from today’s digital defaults. The way wood and metal type has to be set and printed presents designer, compositor and printer – now often the same person – with limitations that can also be seen as freedoms.”
Radical ideas for winning customers and making money in a crowded marketplace. Jess McCarty shares a simple way for type designers and font developers to dramatically increase revenue and market reach, all without spending a penny on advertising, marketing or gimmicks. This talk will explain what the most successful techniques for typographic prosperity “look” like in theory and practice.
The Italian influences on American culture are far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some key figures chronicled in Italian and American graphic design histories, the work by Italian graphic designers published in America is less well known. An exhibition curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti. The exhibition opens Thurs, March 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York
“Typefaces speak of where culture is, its priorities and aspirations,” says the Wellington-based Klim Type Foundry. Jess Sowersby tells its nice that about the unique design scene in New Zealand and the pros and cons of its cultural landscape. She remarks on the importance of design in reflecting the collective expression of a country and as a result, how Klim is creating work like no one else in any part of the world.
“I’m very fond of visual contemporary culture but always try to avoid trend,” explains graphic designer Matthieu Becker. With a particular interest in book design, the Paris-based graphic designer works mainly with artists, publishers and cultural institutions. Matthieu recalls how he “learned how to read forms and then how to add context to them”. In turn, this allows him to create a design language that is relevant and appropriate to the cause.
Many of the first printed books in Europe were decorated with illustrations, initials and borders. Each served a purpose: initials signaled, via their range of sizes, a textual hierarchy, working in much the same way as chapter headings and sub-headings do today. Decorative borders were employed to demarcate or divide books, chapters or sections and, from the last decades of the fifteenth century, were used at the beginning of books as openers or title-pages.
NM types latest project Movement was born as a collaboration with Design Indaba, and draws inspiration from the perfomance of contemporary dance. Movement’s letterforms express the shifting form and weight in a South African dancer, Andile Vellem’s body.
Peter Burnhill's highly celebrated book Type Spaces – long out of print – is now free to download as a pdf file, from the Hyphen Press website. “The author died in 2007 and there is no question of revising the book – though one might write another one, extending its material and qualifying its ideas. As a service to readers, we are making the work available again as a free download”
Formist produced a visceral account of the 1641 posters that championed typographic experimentation, risk and play. Curated by Erik Brandt, Ficciones Typografika was a project dedicated to typographic exploration in a public space. Over a five year period, a modest poster board hung in a Minneapolis neighborhood became a barometer for experimental typographic practice within the global design community.
Martina Flor and Giuseppe Salerno’s epic letteringvscalligraphy.com is back online. I adore this project and its great the pieces are available online for lettering and calligraphy lovers to appreciate all over again. “The adventure aims to explore the capabilities of the two technical approaches where they draw/write a letter or a word responding to a keyword given by a moderator.”
Inspired by provocative language that has stood the test of time, poetry that captures the beauty of the human experience, and philosophy that drives us to examine and re-examine. This New york based creative studio aims to create book & poetry inspired art and thoughtfully designed gifts that prompt conversations and bring aesthetic joy to everyday objects. Beautiful language deserves beautiful treatment.
Iconic advertising executive Erik Kessels wants you to make more mistakes. “It’s easy to be frustrated about how things happened in the past, but the future is a clean slate.”
I spoke with Matthieu about the typographic innovation coming out of France, His innovative new comic-esque type specimen, the foundries latest release and future trajectory.
Most of our Alphabettes-related schemes start like this: someone suggests something crazy, logistically nightmarish or technologically complex and instead of doing the sensible thing (taking time to think it through), we forge ahead. So for, Friday, March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day we’re planning a 24-hour Google-Hangout-session and you’re all invited. In 24 hours time I will be taking over the feed from my letterpress studio. Come hang out!
My research driven artist book Stationæry progress will be on display in The state library of Queensland’s white gloves room Tuesday 19th alongside Your House by Olafur Eliasson, and Hearsay by Euan Macleod with Ron McBurnie, and more! My work was conducted as part of the Design Finds initiative and looks at how arts & crafts is critical in both Brisbane's heritage, and future. https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/white-gloves-experience-art-architecture-and-asia-pacific
Dot Matrix is a typeface which puts legibility at the forefront of things. Made in glyphs, the result is a typeface featuring three weights which “still retains some flares and oddities derived from its five x nine dot grid, similar to its real life counterpart,” the designer explains.
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