Corné van Iersel considers himself a novice stone cutter but his carefully crafted compositions exude quality beyond experience. Inspired by TypographHer favourites like John Mawby, Corné wrote to tell me what “tremendous satisfaction” he gets when carving. I loved the glimpse of his work he shared and so go intouch to learn more about the piece.
Type Designer Mark Frömberg shares how important self-made program tools are to his type design practice. Together with TypeThursday founder Thomas Jockin, Mark goes into how you can start to integrate coding into how you make fonts, a brief discussion on Higher Order Interpolation (HOI) and finally do you need to know programing to make variable fonts.
Can you imagine transporting yourself through place and time to ancient Rome? Designers Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger did precisely this when exhaustively researching their latest release. “This would turn out to be not just a design challenge, but a conceptual historical endeavour, like an archaeological dig.”
James Edmonson of OhNo TypeCo’s latest article talks about the business of starting out in the type design business and the shortcomings of his debut typeface. “I was too excited, eager, and inexperienced to care. Obviously, one cannot see the things one cannot see, but slowly, mistakes born of naivety began to show their ugly faces one by one.”
Design writer Robin Rendle reviewed one of my all time favourite Typography Books; Inside Paragraphs by Cyrus Highsmith. “The book is also beautifully designed with Cyrus’s wacky and crooked illustrating style that makes it feel more like a children’s book than a serious one devoted to the art of typesetting (and it’s designed in such a way that the visuals never feel patronizing either).” Do yourself a favour and buy the book here!
Designer and Artist Maria Monte’s work in illustration and letterforms is tremendous—and fantastic in scope. Excited about her opinions on creativity and craft Nate Burgos interviews Maria for the Design Feast series celebrating remarkable Makers. Maria gives a detailed peek into her world, from her beginnings to getting established to continually improving her illustrating-lettering talents to shaping a creative community—and being shaped by it for the better.
For many of us there can be a disconnect between the design process and the bookbinding. For Kristine Kawakubo, the art of handmade bookbinding is at the centre of her design process from conception to completion. Experimentation is the key to Kristine’s beautifully hand-bound books as the type and imagery interact to create unique compositions.
While I don’t often link direct to twitter (in case the link disappears) this video from Hole&Corner is worth a look! Cylinder printing revolutionised the printing industry in the 18th century. Designs are carved onto copper cylinders or rollers, which are mounted on a large central cylinder. Each cylinder is fed with its own colour as the cloth is passed through.