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.
The latest book release from Letterform Archive is Morla : Design a career-spanning monograph of leading designer and AIGA medalist Jennifer Morla. It features exquisite reproductions of her work, vital design insights, reflections on Jennifer’s 26 favorite characters from 19th and 20th-century typefaces, and behind-the-scenes stories, all brought together an astonishing print package devised by Morla herself.
Since establishing Bizzarri-Rodriguez. nine years ago, Thomas and Alain have focused their practice on the book as a medium as well as the practice of typography. “It’s probably one of the most all-encompassing design exercises you can find,” explains Thomas. “Designing a book involves so much knowledge and so many different practices; it is everything except a science.” They try and learn something new every day, keeping in mind what has or hasn’t worked previously and trying out new ways of working to deliver the best possible outcomes within design.
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“Our mission is to develop typefaces that push ourselves, and that push boundaries,” says Simon Bent of Melbourne-based type foundry Metis. From the heavy Dot19 to shape-tastic Geometer Regular, Metis’ typefaces blur the lines between creative expression and practicality. “You have to be creative with how you apply some of them in practice because of how far we push the limits of legibility, but that’s something we can live with,” Simon tells It’s Nice That.