Submissions are now open for the Fifth Typism Book. Have you decided what to submit yet? Published in 2019 the goal is to bring together some of the best in lettering and typography from around the world in one publication. The deadline looms so submit now!
Paul shaw’s newsletter this month previewed a book on the history of the Tipoteca. Designed by Simon Esterson, the designer of Eye magazine, printed and produced [metallic inks, short sheets, letterpress inserts, gatefolds and more] by Grafiche Antiga, run by the Antiga family that created the Tipoteca. There are contributions by James Clough, James Mosley, Jim and Bill Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Alan Kitching, Erik Spiekermann, Leonardo Sonnoli, Enrico Tallone and others.
Design writer Robin Rendle reviewed one of my all time favourite Typography Books; Inside Paragraphs by Cyrus Highsmith. “The book is also beautifully designed with Cyrus’s wacky and crooked illustrating style that makes it feel more like a children’s book than a serious one devoted to the art of typesetting (and it’s designed in such a way that the visuals never feel patronizing either).” Do yourself a favour and buy the book here!
But apparently google auto clones out thumbs in their digitization of books. But Whitney Trettien (who’s profile notes she gesticulates wildly about old books) started a number of twitter threads about the bizarre phenomenon.
These street name signs 'hide in plain sight' they are read daily for navigation as visual wayfinding anchors but not often seen. Especially by locals, Allistair’s project is about looking at these signs critically to understand where they have come from and what narrative they may tell of his city.
Book design lovers - check out this (close-to-funded) Kickstarter project celebrating Juan Ángel Cotta's outstanding illustrated book covers… “Juan Ángel Cotta (1920-1962) was a talented young artist from Buenos Aires that charmed art critics from across the globe with his personal graphic style. His later work, the 103 covers of Los Libros del Mirasol — one of South America's most unique and appealing illustrated editorial collections — has been mostly lost and forgotten over time. Until Now.”
For Verònica Fuerte, Hey’s founder and creative director, the concept of publishing a book of her studio’s output “wasn’t something I had ever thought about before,” she tells It’s Nice That. Verònica feels that all of the projects the studio have completed in the past 11 years, both the “failures and successes”, are significant for the studio and for people to discover in the book too. “They all had some value, something learnt, however insignificant it seemed at the time.”