Sam Roberts is the driving force behind Better Letters, one of my favourite type workshop/events providers. He is an authority on hand-painted lettering. Not just contemporary work, Sam knows the ghost signs of London intimately after researching the cities fading painted signage remnants for the last 14 years. Ahead of the upcoming Taupo Letterheads event, I caught up with Sam to learn more about his journey, passions and collaborations.
In this class Martina Flor, lettering artist and designer, will share her secrets to successfully digitising a lettering piece to achieve expressive designs. Vector drawings can help you achieve a greater control on the shapes of your lettering. Also, the nature of a commercial project often requires the scalability that a digital drawing provides. If you want to get all nerdy working on your curves and adding visual depth to your designs, this class is for you!
Jack Stauffacher lived a singular life at the heart of San Francisco’s creative community. For over 50 years he designed and printed books at 300 Broadway, and his experimental wood type prints are the subject of Letterform Archive’s next book. Stephen Coles documents the experience of packing up Stauffacher’s studio — his work, collection, and reference library — for a new home at the Archive.
The Dutch design icon who gave us the ultra-geometric Gridnik typeface, has passed away at the age of 90 in his hometown of Amsterdam. Describing him as the "king of grid", online platform Typeroom said in a tribute that he was "one of the most prominent and important figures in the visual arts of our times" and "a lover of clarity, functionality and machine-like simplicity".
Emily Hancock of St Brigids press is building a series of posts on female lineage in the art of printing and book-making. The most recent article shines a spotlight on: Elizabeth Yeats. “If the surname sounds familiar, you are right ~ Elizabeth (1868-1940) was the sister of famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats.”
Behind the fonts is series of designer interviews aimed at highlighting the people and process behind the fonts you love and use. This installment features Jessica McCarty, an award-winning designer of handwritten and calligraphic fonts. McCarty founded Magpie Paper Works, a boutique typographic foundry specializing in hand-drawn fonts and custom lettering. She also co-founded Rare Bird Foundry in 2017, where she transforms select artists’ calligraphy into premium OpenType fonts.
Katie Kerr believes design can be more thoughtful by instigating critical research processes; more sustainable by informing aesthetics with best practice rather than trends; and more poetic by applying considered and elegant form. I caught up with this celebrated designer, publisher and craft(wo)man, on the back of her recent PANZ young designer of the year award win. Image courtesy of Xander Dixon for Enjoy Art Project Space
the second episode is with Craig Black, an award-winning typographer, lettering artist and independent designer. (And all round champion human!) Craig is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of a social enterprise aimed at utilising the creative sector to be the nucleus for positive social change across Inverclyde and Scotland. Craig tells us where his fascination with typography came from and discusses how making mistakes has helped him develop his ability to adapt.
Podcast host Jarrett Fuller talks with Rick Poynor / writer, critic, and editor on graphic design and visual culture. In addition to founding and serving as the first editor in chief of Eye, Rick also cofounded Design Observer, continues as a columnist for Eye, and has written for Print and Blueprint. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jarrett and Rick talk about the early days of Eye and his early interest in visual culture, the evolution of design discourse over his career, and the new publications that excite him today.