Adrian Shaughnessy founded Unit Editions with Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan in 2009. Since then, the studio has become one of the most highly-regarded independent design-oriented publishers around, releasing books on the likes Paula Scher, Herb Lubalin, and Vaughn Oliver. Its latest title is the forthcoming What is Universal Everything, an overview of that studio’s work over the past 15 years.
The issue includes ‘Type Now’ (with articles by Jan Middendorp, Sarah Snaith and Peter Biľak on three burning issues in contemporary type); an article about the late Bram de Does; Ferdinand Ulrich visits the living archive that is Rainer Gerstenberg’s foundry in Darmstadt and Paul Barnes’s excavation of the St Bride ‘treasure trove’ that inspired Commercial Classics. Eye Before You Buy’ the special issue here
Designed by children’s book illustrator Warren Chappell in 1938 Lydian is a “humanist” sans-serif typeface. It has crisp, knife-cut-looking edges and gives the impression of being written by a human hand. Jason Heuer, attributes the font’s resurgence to “The contemporary artisanal movement that has been happening for some time — from craft brewing, furniture making, and bee-keeping to hand lettering and printmaking — is a reaction to the digitized world we see every day. I think consumers yearn for something visceral, sincere, and authentic.”
Drew’s ABCs is a project of passion that Ned and Brenda have been dreaming about accomplishing for the past 5 years. Limited to an edition of 350. In its wonderful pages, the alphabet comes alive. The concept for the book was to expose the richness of diversity within typography and celebrate its differences.
Melbourne-based Beth Wilkinson is a publishing polymath, the founder, editor and creative director of Lindsay. The publication embodies the ethos of do-it-yourself publishing, and although she does most of the work herself, the publication provides an open perspective on the world and all its culture.
For Printed Pages Autumn/Winter 2018 issue, the it’s nice that team, with help from Pentagram partner Sascha Lobe, look at how in only 14 years, the Bauhaus pioneered a spirit which still rings true today. Available in three colours the cover displays 42 of the 600 glyphs Sascha and his team have created while designing their new identity for the Bauhaus Archive. “We took heritage and adapted it to today without losing the history,”
Eye 97 is entirely devoted to editorial design – The mags profiled span both independent and mass-market titles. The ‘Front matter’ section includes articles about a new type scheme for students, while the ‘Uncoated’ section tackles punk graphics at Cranbrook, other features include Peter Biľak’s Works That Work, membership magazine, and David Crowley delights in the surrealist layouts and covers of Ty i Ja, an ambitious Polish magazine from the 1960s. Check out ‘Eye Before You Buy’ gives viewers a glimpse of the entire issue.
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."
My family is from the north east of England, I lived and workedthere in my late teens so it holds a special place in my heart. These Northern Types, is ambitious, expansive, and inventive. It consists of 17 small publications, each of which explores a different aspect of what northern identity is, and can be, in the 21st century, and each of which reflects a custom typeface produced for the project.