The sound of the mechanical typewriter is a familiar one to many of us, who grew up to its distinctive percussive clack and chime, it is the sound of a bygone era. Fontsmith designer Stuart de Rozario explores how the typewriter changed typography and the way we communicate.
I am excitedly following Felix Braden’s (@floodfonts) progress developing KONTIKI via twitter - in his latest typeface 193 glyphs were manually cut into wood. From countless test prints the most charming four were selected and digitized to create the four different styles which will be digitally available soon.
The third annual Font Purchasing Habits Survey ran from May 5 to June 20, 2018. Mary Catherine Pflug asked 56 questions related to font preferences and purchasing habits. 15,745 responses were recorded giving the richest dataset yet… The complete results are published here and this link also hooks you into 3 condensed summaries of the finidings.
This wine bottle visualizes the weather data its grapes were grown in (Amazing huh?!) At the vineyard, in Hamburg, Germany, sensors collect data on wind, rain, and temperature. That’s turned into a real-time data visualization developed by branding firm Landor and creative director Patrik Huebner. Each bottle has a paper wrapping that depicts the visualization, so each bottle literally advertises the conditions in which the vines and grapes were grown.
“I have what’s probably not a great inclination to pursue what I love first and figure out the money later,” says Elana Schlenker matter-of-factly as she recounts putting together the very first issue of Gratuitous Type, her celebrated “journal of typographic smut.”
Taking place in the village of Makabe in the Mount Tsukuba area of Ibaraki, Japan. You will apply typographic concepts to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, taught by experts in their field, in environments that are conducive to learning Japanese culture. Go make letters, explore and enjoy Japan with the Amazing Dr Shelley Gruendler (5-11 Nov. 2018).
Bethany Heck’s Font Review journal profiles Maelstrom — Designed by Kris Sowersby, “Maelstrom is so abstracted that it’s easier to appreciate for its formal elements than it is to actually read. This can be used to a designer’s advantage, as Maelstrom’s characters can serve as geometry, pattern and pure graphic presence on the page.”
Typefaces come in thousands of shapes, sizes, and styles; types have histories and legacies. “Type Deck” identifies particular forms in historical periods and aesthetic contexts. Each of the fifty-four cards features a hand-drawn character, and provides insight into its historical context, design, and purpose.
Typegeist (from the Type Directors club) tells the stories of the letters that give form to the narratives of our time. With an amazing editorial team and stellar writers. Issue 01 of this fantastic online publication is entitled Decentralizing Type: Reports on what has changed and what needs to change
One of the loveliest ladies in type Jess McCarty announced her new platform Nicer type at typecon2018 IMAGINE A WORLD IN WHICH LOVE, GRATITUDE, KINDNESS AND EMPATHY WERE A PART OF EVERY TYPOGRAPHIC TRANSACTION… Check out the ace resources here
Anne Quito writes how reviving a “warm and stylish” 200-year-old Roman typeface (that became a favorite of publishers for its readability) originally designed by German punchcutter Justus Enrich Walbaum highlighted a problem in the “one-size-fits-all” production of digital fonts.
Type designer and typographer, Freda Sack, joined Letraset in the 1970s and worked in its Type Studio. While there she perfected the art of cutting master letterforms from Rubylith using tools that she made and customised herself. Adrian Shaughnessy talked to her about her fascinating career. In this series profiling Unit Editions Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution
Fore-edge painting is a unique art form that dates back to the 1600s. The intricate pictures are painted on the edge of book pages, shown when the cover is open and slyly hidden beneath the gold gilded ends when closed. Artist Martin Frost is the last known commercial fore-edge painter, solely responsible for keeping the magical tradition alive.
A number of early typefaces by Cyrus Highsmith Daleys Gothic, Loupot, Occupant Gothic, Eggwhite, and Icebox — are being dusted off and reactivated for type users to (re)discover and enjoy. Yves Peters chatted with June Shin and Cem Eskinazi (Highsmith’s collaborators), who adapted the original files to current font technologies in preparation for their rerelease.
Richard Moss describes a drawer of mementos chronicling the pivotal Arts and Crafts friendship of Emery Walker and William Morris. This little drawer in Emery Walker’s House at Hammersmith Terrace is filled with treasured reminders of a creative partnership and shared ideals.
My talented friend calligrapher, letterpress printer and artist Sabine Pick has been producing some outstanding mixed media collages of late - I am captivated by the colour and textures she is composing - if you dont already follow Sabine on instagram I highly recommend you do to get an insight into her beautiful process.
The Wayzgoose (November 2-4 at two Rivers, Wisconsin) hosts designers, printers, typographers and letter geeks of all stripes from across the globe. This year’s line up from , some spectacular speakers, including Bruce Kennett, Claus Maywald, Paul Aken & Jennifer Farrell, Christian Bélanger, Julie Chen, Dafi Kühne and more!
Dafi Kühne of Baby ink Twice announced a series of free educational letterpress videos on Vimeo set to launch next month! Dafi is a highly innovative printmaker and I cant wait to see these videos where he shares his experimental techniques - follow Dafi on twitter to keep up-to-date with the initiative
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