Typography

26 March 2013

Banham’s Melbourne letters

Banham’s Melbourne letters

The first thing you think on flipping through Characters is: Wow, I wouldn’t mind living in Melbourne, writes Robert Hanks.

18 March 2013

Noted #51

Noted #51

Sign painters, film trailers, Nieves’ zines, Tom Gauld and Pencil to Pixel in New York
A few books, videos, zines and events that caught our eye …

24 February 2013

Deadline EDA

Deadline EDA

Get your skates on! Only a few days left to enter the 2013 European Design Awards
The submission deadline for the 2013 European Design Awards in Belgrade is fast approaching – it’s Thursday 28 February 2013.  

11 February 2013

Noted #49

Noted #49

Scroll down; paper time capsule; Typography Summer School in two cities; design activism at the V&A; Sketchnotes; icons for data
A few objects, images and forthcoming events that caught our attention in recent weeks …

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.
 
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