I follow Letterpress printer and fine book maker Phil Treble via instagram, last month I was overjoyed seeing Phil’s production of Tamlane. The craftsmanship this book is glorious.
I think the Better Letters events are phenomenal and am so excited to see they are selling the Mike Meyer’s workshop resources as merch. The poster series is fantastic but I am most excited by this A5 booklet showing stroke sequence and spacing for a variety of sign painting styles. The 12-page booklet contains: Block (upper and lower case); Thick & Thin; Casual; Slanted Casual; Script (upper and lower case). It also includes reference pages for spacing, shadows and convex bevels.
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.”
"Femme Type Book," an all-female collection of essays, type design, and typography that showcases the brilliant typographic achievements of over 40 women from across the globe. Help fund its production via Kickstarter - it has already exceeded its goal (I backed this book and cant wait to see it!)
a comprehensive and heavily illustrated exploration of the meaning, history, value, mechanics and future of the book cover. Most importantly the book examines, in detail, the relationship between text and cover, and tries to unpack both the question of whether the cover may be considered a valid form of literary criticism, as well as whether or not the cover may be considered a work of art in its own right.
“We have the internet to thank — and not just the interface but the economy that’s evolved around it. From the leather-bound volumes of old to lurid mass-market paperbacks, book covers were never designed in a vacuum… When you look at book covers right now, what you’ll see blaring back at you, bold and dazzling, is a highly competitive marketing landscape dominated by online retail, social media, and their curiously symbiotic rival, the resurgent independent bookstore.”
Independent publishing company 404 Ink have blogged about their finances; “where our money goes, how much we earn, our profits, our challenges and so on”. The purpose was to demystify income and costs, of publishing. Particularly interesting is the breakdown of commissions and distribution costs and this article is a must read for any of you planing to publish in the future.
A practical treatise on the production of books in nineteenth century London. The book guides the novice from manuscript to distribution, demonstrating the interconnectedness of the people and processes involved. A facsimile of the 1892 edition alongside new texts by Esther McManus and Samantha Whetton. Available in-person or online londonbookarts.org/shop