I quickly a). Ordered a copy and b). Followed the super talented Editorial Designer responsible for creative direction (Luke Tonge) on each of my social media networks... Luke is a great designer - but even more importantly he is also a really rad person. Over the last 9 months I have had the pleasure of chatting with Luke a number of times and admire his enthusiasm for his craft and our industry, he plays a really active role in supporting the community and profiling the work of other designers. And I hope to be able to interview Luke to profile him (and his work) in detail via pixels or print soon!
But in the meantime I wanted to take the opportunity to write a belated post on how freaking awesome the Recorder volumes 01 and 02 are... Monotype first launched their magazine, The Recorder, in 1902. "It has incredible heritage with Beatrice Warde a former editor (appointed in 1927) and Eric Gill involved. As Monotype has been enjoying a public renaissance over the past couple of decades and moved into wider areas of type they put out a brief to reinvent the mag for a modern audience – not as a sales tool – but as a celebration of typography."
This latest incarnation was completely redesigned by Luke and explores typography and lettering as mediums of culture, and influence while also documenting the history of modern typographic design and technological change. Volume 01 Features: Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press, Design legend Alan Kitching, Ghost signs expert Sam Roberts, Ingo Italic and Bärbel Bold, Jessica Svendsen, Abbott Miller and more. Now in its second edition, Volume 02 also features Sarah Hyndman's (a.k.a Type Tasting) great work on type perception! Of which you're already pretty likely to know I think is AMAZING. As well as: Mike Meyer, signwriting legend (warning: if you follow this link you might want to turn your sound off or down), Letterer Dana Tanamachi-Williams, Rick Banks of Face37, Jennifer Kennard founder of Letterology and plenty more talent.
I gave away some copies of the recorder volume 02 at recent lectures and workshops. The participants were as excited by the eye-candy and content as I am. Each volume is 120 pages of typographic goodness (read total TypePorn), and has super high production values with beautiful printing finishing, special inks, foils and folds. Given the great content, excellent design and production values, and incredibly reasonable price point! The Recorder is absolutely set to be a collectors item for anyone with an interest in design, print and typography. You can pick up copies online from The Recorder Shop.