“The PVS [Pre-Vinylite Society] Journal is a unique publication featuring essays, stories, interviews, and inspirations on commercial art and its contexts.” The idea for a print magazine came from PVS love of tangible objects and a desire to explore the contexts of sign painting and other applied arts. As practitioners and enthusiasts of hand painted signs, it made sense to celebrate their many contexts with a beautifully printed magazine that showcases the artistry inherent in this field.
The third Issue promises to build on the strength of their previous publications with features including; “The Noordzij Parameter” by Jan Middendorp, A riff on using variable fonts from the always insightful Jason Pamental and a delve into the typographic Campaign trail with Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen who explore the Type used in the US midterm elections
For most of us, story books are our first introduction to reading and letter recognition. For a lucky few, it’s a gateway to loving type. in this event (part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library), Kate will explore how type can be used for good and evil in the rich world of children’s books.
Looking to treat yourself or a fellow typo-lover to something fun? PampaType just launched a new Online Store, where you can buy their beautiful printed specimen, as well as a brand new book on the fundementals of letterforms, (typographic, calligraphic, lettering). And a epic new range of typographic Tees!
Craig Mod is a writer and designer based in Japan, in this beautifully thoughtful narrative on the importance of margins and whites space in book design. “A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.”
There is a real joy in creating something unexpected from a simple idea. That notion is echoed throughout issue five, be it an Argentinian artist bringing together a series of small printed pieces to create a breathtaking letterpress sculpture, or printmakers using overheard phrases as a jumping off point to create imagined worlds and bold poster prints.
The publishers will correctly tell you, this book has a broader reach than type design professionals, and that it is a must-read for students and professionals alike. My thinking is this is a book I wish was written sooner - but I am grateful exists now. Whether you're an art director, graphic designer, calligrapher, historian, print enthusiast or harbour any curiosity for the mechanics of visual language this book is essential reading.
I have plugged Robin Rendle’s Adventures in Typography newsletter here before but (now in its 25th edition) I feel it bears repeating! Adventures in Typography is a (mostly) weekly love letter to the written word. Topics include: calligraphy, lettering, display type, micro type, books about fonts, type specimens, neon lights, posters, morse code, stamps, literature, web design, and books about seeds, the content is always thoughtful, engagingly written and full of visual delight.
Andersen is born from a lack of typefaces adapted to children’s stories and the fact that they are often written to be read aloud. The major innovation is the creation of a complementary punctuation system. Indeed, in addition to classic glyphs, Andersen has 11 totally new punctuation marks that can be used to express feelings. These glyphs are placed at the beginning and end of a sentence to help the reader to find the right tone. What a fantastic concept!