Looking to treat yourself or a fellow typo-lover to something fun? PampaType just launched a new Online Store, where you can buy their beautiful printed specimen, as well as a brand new book on the fundementals of letterforms, (typographic, calligraphic, lettering). And a epic new range of typographic Tees!
Craig Mod is a writer and designer based in Japan, in this beautifully thoughtful narrative on the importance of margins and whites space in book design. “A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.”
There is a real joy in creating something unexpected from a simple idea. That notion is echoed throughout issue five, be it an Argentinian artist bringing together a series of small printed pieces to create a breathtaking letterpress sculpture, or printmakers using overheard phrases as a jumping off point to create imagined worlds and bold poster prints.
The publishers will correctly tell you, this book has a broader reach than type design professionals, and that it is a must-read for students and professionals alike. My thinking is this is a book I wish was written sooner - but I am grateful exists now. Whether you're an art director, graphic designer, calligrapher, historian, print enthusiast or harbour any curiosity for the mechanics of visual language this book is essential reading.
I have plugged Robin Rendle’s Adventures in Typography newsletter here before but (now in its 25th edition) I feel it bears repeating! Adventures in Typography is a (mostly) weekly love letter to the written word. Topics include: calligraphy, lettering, display type, micro type, books about fonts, type specimens, neon lights, posters, morse code, stamps, literature, web design, and books about seeds, the content is always thoughtful, engagingly written and full of visual delight.
Andersen is born from a lack of typefaces adapted to children’s stories and the fact that they are often written to be read aloud. The major innovation is the creation of a complementary punctuation system. Indeed, in addition to classic glyphs, Andersen has 11 totally new punctuation marks that can be used to express feelings. These glyphs are placed at the beginning and end of a sentence to help the reader to find the right tone. What a fantastic concept!
Typegeist (from the Type Directors club) tells the stories of the letters that give form to the narratives of our time. With an amazing editorial team and stellar writers. Issue 01 of this fantastic online publication is entitled Decentralizing Type: Reports on what has changed and what needs to change
Type designer and typographer, Freda Sack, joined Letraset in the 1970s and worked in its Type Studio. While there she perfected the art of cutting master letterforms from Rubylith using tools that she made and customised herself. Adrian Shaughnessy talked to her about her fascinating career. In this series profiling Unit Editions Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution