The issue includes ‘Type Now’ (with articles by Jan Middendorp, Sarah Snaith and Peter Biľak on three burning issues in contemporary type); an article about the late Bram de Does; Ferdinand Ulrich visits the living archive that is Rainer Gerstenberg’s foundry in Darmstadt and Paul Barnes’s excavation of the St Bride ‘treasure trove’ that inspired Commercial Classics. Eye Before You Buy’ the special issue here

Designed by children’s book illustrator Warren Chappell in 1938 Lydian is a “humanist” sans-serif typeface. It has crisp, knife-cut-looking edges and gives the impression of being written by a human hand. Jason Heuer, attributes the font’s resurgence to “The contemporary artisanal movement that has been happening for some time — from craft brewing, furniture making, and bee-keeping to hand lettering and printmaking — is a reaction to the digitized world we see every day. I think consumers yearn for something visceral, sincere, and authentic.”

Posted
AuthorNicole Phillips
Posted
AuthorNicole Phillips
Posted
AuthorNicole Phillips

Eye 97 is entirely devoted to editorial design – The mags profiled span both independent and mass-market titles. The ‘Front matter’ section includes articles about a new type scheme for students, while the ‘Uncoated’ section tackles punk graphics at Cranbrook, other features include Peter Biľak’s Works That Work, membership magazine, and David Crowley delights in the surrealist layouts and covers of Ty i Ja, an ambitious Polish magazine from the 1960s. Check out ‘Eye Before You Buy’ gives viewers a glimpse of the entire issue.

Posted
AuthorNicole Phillips

The prolific Penguin designer’s site showcases a portfolio of print design and lettering that is exemplary. This is a fantastic resource of inspiration for us all to up our editorial design, critical thinking and lettering games. David Pearson writes “Jerry’s work has always resonated with me; not simply because of its precise nature but also because Jerry never forgets to have fun. His title-page spreads for the Pelican History of Art series are a perfect example – marrying the rigour of Swiss Modernism with a freedom of expression that is uniquely Jerry’s."

Posted
AuthorNicole Phillips