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.
If (like me) you have ATypI envy - you can transport yourself to this years Japan event while binging on the video’s of each speakers presentation here.
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".