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.
An American private press founded by Spencer Kellogg, Jr., in the 1920s. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the Aries Press produced exceptional examples of fine printing. This deluxe (Signed and numbered) edition of 50 is a collaboration with P22 Type Foundry, RIT Press, and Wells College Press. Featuring letterpress printed pages, and gorgeous marbled endpapers by Stephen Pittelkow.
Quentin Schmerber’s Esad talk on Baskerville in France (and his changing relationship with English typefaces) released as a video capture, its honest, insightful (nerdy!) and delightful - check it out and after the jump note the links on the right to other speakers from the event.
Can you imagine transporting yourself through place and time to ancient Rome? Designers Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger did precisely this when exhaustively researching their latest release. “This would turn out to be not just a design challenge, but a conceptual historical endeavour, like an archaeological dig.”
For Printed Pages Autumn/Winter 2018 issue, the it’s nice that team, with help from Pentagram partner Sascha Lobe, look at how in only 14 years, the Bauhaus pioneered a spirit which still rings true today. Available in three colours the cover displays 42 of the 600 glyphs Sascha and his team have created while designing their new identity for the Bauhaus Archive. “We took heritage and adapted it to today without losing the history,”
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.
In aid of its 125th birthday, Battersea Arts Centre is celebrating its cultural heritage by digitising its entire poster archive. “The posters are a great visual way of understanding the huge breadth of activity that has happened here over the decades, how embedded the building has always been in the local community and how what happened in Battersea reflected what was happening across the country,” says Lucy Parker, Battersea Arts Centre’s collections access manager.
A new membership based online archive was made with graphic designers in mind. The visual search feature supports a serendipitous browse, see instant results as you filter and combine people, firms, disciplines, decades, countries, and formats. I am thrilled as it gives those of us remote to the physical archive unprecedented access to this important collection… become a member today and get beta access later this month.
Abyme is a digital type foundry which also publishes texts on typography, its culture and history; their latest essay by Charles Mazé dives deep into the history of french type design focusing on Deberny & Peignot’s Série no. 16