It was Beatrice Warde who first compared typefaces to the clothes that words wear. A finely tailored suit can completely change a person's appearance, and in the same way typefaces can drastically alter what words mean, how they work, and how they make us feel. But just as a torn seam or a missing button would spoil the effect of a Savile Row suit, so too can the details of a typeface put readers off. Read the latest installment of Monotypes ‘Good Type’ articles to read more.
Steven Heller is a letterhead, in this “confession” he talks about the cult of Letterhead collectors and what we can learn from these graphic and typographic gems“
“Every font has a piece of history associated with its creation.” Good Type is a 10-part series by Jamie Neely, and Emma Tucker that offers an in-depth look at different aspects of font design to help designers understand how to choose the right font for a given project.
in “The Smallest Possible Bit“ (an install of Robin Rendle’s Adventures in Typography newsletter) Robin addresses a readers SOS about being stuck on a good typeface and not being able to get past their trusty favourites. I can totally relate and have a handful of fonts I come back to time and time again. Robin’s writing on the matter is insightful and witty
Nadine Chahine’s admirable typeface Kafa says ENOUGH to divisive politics, ENOUGH to racism, and ENOUGH to the lies. It’s production a protest against Trump’s blatant racism, support for rightwing extremism, neo-Nazi ideology, condemnation of his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and his unilateral withdrawal from the Iran agreement, rejecting diplomacy and paving the way towards more conflicts.
As typographers we understand the principle that challenging reading (where the reader has to slow and concentrate) can help aid retention (albeit frustrate the reader!) Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school used this thinking as a basis for “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory and learning
John Boardley’s article for the book history lovers, on the historical developments and convention of the index. “On the whole indexing is a question of common sense, and consistency is the only inflexible rule.” Cambridge University Press Indexing Guidelines
Graphic design has the ability to define our visual landscape, influence culture, and improve products for people but we need to address the issues of politics and prejudice in our profession and start combating them. Design should no longer be defined as a battle between personal style, concept-based design, and objectivity. Erik Carter on the state of and value of our profession