Feature: Typography

 
Pay it forward

Pay it forward

Rubén Fontana devised a system for teaching typography that is grounded in Argentina’s culture and politics
 
New bottle old wine

New bottle old wine

Drawing on the punches, matrices, specimens and smoke proofs at St Bride Library, Commercial Classics give nineteenth-century typefaces a new lease of life. By John L. Walters
 
The enigma of Thérèse Moll

The enigma of Thérèse Moll

This young designer is credited with introducing Swiss typography to MIT
 
Return to the square

Return to the square

A chance discovery by some builders led to the adaptation and expansion of a 1930s alphabet by one of Switzerland’s foremost designers
 
Strategy of excess

Strategy of excess

Like a human algorithm, Hansje van Halem explores a huge number of variables until she finds the right ‘recipe’ for each project
 
States of independence

States of independence

The fragmentation of the type market has led to new ways of examining, acquiring and enjoying typefaces … and some confusion
 
Bram de Does: the king of (functional) swing

Bram de Does: the king of (functional) swing

An insistence that technology should match design spurred typographer Bram de Does to create two of the twentieth century’s most beautiful types
 
Originality and inspiration

Originality and inspiration

It may be unrealistic to expect that every new typeface will be unique and original, but giving up this ambition leads to stagnation
 
Last man casting

Last man casting

Rainer Gerstenberg is one of the few people in the world to cast foundry type, keeping alive a craft that was developed more than half a millennium ago
 
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