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!
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,”
But apparently google auto clones out thumbs in their digitization of books. But Whitney Trettien (who’s profile notes she gesticulates wildly about old books) started a number of twitter threads about the bizarre phenomenon.
There has been a lot of debate on twitter over this article and the movement calling for the revival of ‘lost’ punctuation marks. There are two tribes of thinking - first that these symbols add to our linguistic expression, while others debate that emojis function better making these (and other marks) redundant. I am in the revival camp - these forgotten glyphs should make a comeback!
These street name signs 'hide in plain sight' they are read daily for navigation as visual wayfinding anchors but not often seen. Especially by locals, Allistair’s project is about looking at these signs critically to understand where they have come from and what narrative they may tell of his city.
Fontsmith has released trial versions of their entire library. I can set a sample chapter in a font (with limited character set) and present it to the client for approval without having to purchase up front. Once the client has approved my design I can then buy the full version to produce the finished work. This will save designers money up front and allow us to present clients with more diverse options at the concept development phase. It truly is fantastic news for our industry.
“I love learning new styles and feel as if I’m always a beginner at something.” Julie Wildman on the never-ending task of learning calligraphy. Wildman’s letterforms, though drawn or painted, have a nearly typographic feeling to them. Her deliberate negative shapes burst with vitality. She has integrated lessons from many teachers to develop a unique style, while honoring the tradition of the art.
Book design lovers - check out this (close-to-funded) Kickstarter project celebrating Juan Ángel Cotta's outstanding illustrated book covers… “Juan Ángel Cotta (1920-1962) was a talented young artist from Buenos Aires that charmed art critics from across the globe with his personal graphic style. His later work, the 103 covers of Los Libros del Mirasol — one of South America's most unique and appealing illustrated editorial collections — has been mostly lost and forgotten over time. Until Now.”
In aid of its 125th birthday, Battersea Arts Centre is celebrating its cultural heritage by digitising its entire poster archive. “The posters are a great visual way of understanding the huge breadth of activity that has happened here over the decades, how embedded the building has always been in the local community and how what happened in Battersea reflected what was happening across the country,” says Lucy Parker, Battersea Arts Centre’s collections access manager.