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.
Narrow and straight-sided, Aglet Sans playfully exploits a system of angles and corner radiuses to arrive at a vocabulary of shapes that becomes more diverse and intriguing as it grows more substantial in weight and provides a dynamism that offsets the strictures of other forms, urging the eye forward. I spoke with Designer Jesse Ragan to learn more
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.
One of my favourite designers Luke Tonge talks about the freelancing life, helping others and co-founding Birmingham Design Festival. He is an inspiration, lovely dude and has abundant creative energy… this interview is a fantastic insight to how he does so much - so well, and what to expect from the 2019 Brumfest line up.
“Veronika Burian describes her discovery of type as being similar to falling in love. The budding industrial designer would ride the bus to work every morning in Milan, bent over a book recommended to her by a type-obsessed friend, underlining passages. The book was Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, the gateway drug for many people just starting to learn about the dense, detailed world of letterforms.”
Tasman‘s shape grammar has gravity and power that speaks to truth, reliability or perhaps more aptly trustworthiness. These are fundamental qualities in the delivery of information in an "alternative fact" age.
It’s rare to see someone focusing only on one thing, and structuring the days with a single repeating activity. It is the combination of different activities that make our lives unique and interesting, and so very often, we clearly see how one action in our days affects the other in a big pile of, well, life. Elena’s name pops up whenever someone mentions writing, research, design, and publishing. She is a woman of many traits that made Liron Lavi fascinated by how in reality this works for her.
Catch Paul Luna talking about his book, 'Typography: A Very Short Introduction https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/paul-luna-typography-a-very-short-introduction/id1456142151?i=1000431693875&mt=2 In which Luna offers a broad definition of typography as design for reading, whether in print or on screens, where a set of visual choices are taken to make a written message more accessible, more easily transmitted, more significant, or more attractive.
Maria Montes is all around amazing. She is a first class human, calligrapher, letterer, type designer, teacher and friend. I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve and she has an endless energy for her work and the creative community. Her talk called “What a Shitshow: The use of language as cultural identity” has just been released by the TDC team and I cant wait to watch it.