Typography

28 January 2013

What type taught me about music

What type taught me about music

Rick Finlay recalls his time at Reading, a university education that was not about vocation, but ‘raw knowledge and research, and their applicability to whatever life throws at you’
As an undergraduate on the Typography course at Reading University around 1980 I found enough fellow tunesmiths to put together a five-piece band made up only of students on the course, writes Rick Finlay. We were proud of our rock-pop constructions, but also fastidious about the packaging of our demo cassette.

15 January 2013

Ladies’ unmentionables

Ladies’ unmentionables

Shelley Gruendler is fascinated by the graphic language of feminine hygiene disposal bags
Twenty years ago, while in my second year at design school, I pilfered my first ‘feminine hygiene sanitary disposal’ bag from a doctor’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, writes Shelley Gruendler.

2 January 2013

Type at the core

Type at the core

Design students hope to acquire skills that are transferable and future-proof. In our new media world, letterpress and education need each other
If you’d blinked, you might have missed the 6x6 Collaborative Letterpress Project’s three-day exhibition at Her House Gallery in London last November, writes Alex Cameron.

24 December 2012

King’s Cross in Gotham

King’s Cross in Gotham

Typographic Christmas decorations cheer weary travellers between station and Central Saint Martins
Just outside the new entrance to King’s Cross station in London, the shiny red hoardings concealing the construction work have been dotted with foot-high snowflake transfers since the beginning of December, writes Anne-Marie Conway.

20 December 2012

Lay out – speak out

Lay out – speak out

A letterpress conference at Fleet Street’s St Bride Library aimed to focus our attention on content
‘Something to say’, a letterpress conference organised by Catherine Dixon & Rose Gridneff at St Bride Library, aimed to focus attention on what is being said, writes Stephen Barrett. In doing so they made a case for letterpress as both a reminder of our typographic heritage and as a valid means of communication today.

10 December 2012

Sun-cheese wheel-ode

Sun-cheese wheel-ode

Dom Sylvester Houédard’s 1968 concrete poetry tribute to fellow poet Ken Cox is a double spiral of hand-set type, mysteriously linked by the sport of cheese rolling. Fraser Muggeridge explains.
The letterpress printed concrete poem designed by Dom Sylvester Houédard first caught my interest because of its use of the Flaxman typeface, designed by Edward Wright (1912-88) for the International Concrete Poetry Festival in 1967, writes Fraser Muggeridge.

22 November 2012

Noted #46

Noted #46

Schwitters, typewriting, wood type, the future Detroit Printing Plant and the United Stats of America
This past Friday the last British-made typewriter, the CM-1000, left the Brother factory in Wrexham for London’s Science Museum collection. Eye received a tiny, tactile, hand-printed snake book from Barrie Tullett of The Caseroom Press, wrapped in a typewritten paper sleeve.

21 November 2012

Hand-made in Cambodia

Hand-made in Cambodia

Painted signs enliven the streetscapes of Kratie, a sleepy provincial capital in North East Cambodia.
Cambodia is a country awash with hand-painted signs, writes Sam Roberts. They form an integral part of the streetscape but most visitors barely even notice them.

14 November 2012

Jazz in print

Jazz in print

Matt Willey’s sumptuous brochure for UK radio station JazzFM evokes a golden age of magazine and LP sleeve art direction.
Jazz and radio came of age around the same time, the 1920s, when ‘physical music’ was clunky and expensive, writes John L. Walters.

13 November 2012

Type in Wapping

Type in Wapping

Pencil to Pixel opens up Monotype’s archive of typographic history, from artwork to artefacts
The ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition, which opens this Friday at Metropolitan Wharf in London, gives visitors is a chance to see some of Monotype’s extensive archive of original artwork, type drawings, arcane artefacts (including justification drums and ships’ curves) and publications.
 
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