There is a small scrapbook in the original W.A. Dwiggins Collection at the Boston Public Library. Among its miscellaneous contents are five small sheets of paper bearing undated outline drawings of rotunda alphabets. Paul Shaw deep dives into the provinance of these important and lovely sketched letters.
In this practical antidote to a “quit your job and do what you love” talk, Jess unpacks the question — “What do you want to be when you grow up?”— and the importance of finding out who you are in the first place. She notes the answer to “Who am I?” is never static — it shifts and transforms over and over again as you grow, change, mature, hormonally implode, and so on. Only once you know yourself, discover what actually makes you tick, can you “do what you love.”
The question of when a typeface or lettering crosses the line from being expressive and conceptual into simply becoming illegible has long been debated in the field of design. Should type always be considered a tool for clear communication, or can it take on symbolism of its own, acting as an image would? For Paris and Lausanne-based graphic designer Eliott Grunewald, an investigation of the latter forms the basis of his experimental portfolio.
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.
Amsterdam-based artist and illustrator Karan Singh and New York-based graphic designer Zuzanna Rogatty, explored the bonfire night, where fireworks are lit and crowds gather to marvel. Prior to the project, Karan had been drawn to Zuzanna’s work for its forms “so full of character”, particularly within her typographic work where the designer transforms any old letterform into a fluid, bold vector of wonder. With Zuzanna an equal fan of Karan’s brightly composed patterned work, the pair set to work.
Crushing on this painting by Alphabette Jillian Adel, who in addition to her original artworks, patches, prints and totes, has a new lettering offer in development where she will paint quotes and lyrics on commission. Buy direct from witchsy or use the contact button to chat with Jillian about something custom!
Whether you're low in confidence or that project just isn't going right - in moments like this, you have to find that 'motivation' to drag yourself up, dust yourself off and work hard. This ace art is available to purchase as a print - pick one up for yourself before they sell out!
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."
Amy Constable of St Gertrudes press has just launched the inaugural Australian Literary Diary, just in time for Christmas. In collaboration with Caroline Kennon, Amy has created the diary she always needed. With all the book festivals and literary events, competitions and submissions in one place and monthly reading recommendations of great Australian stories. Produced with a letterpress cover, lettered by Eliza Svikulis.