Paul Barnes

Recent articles by Paul Barnes

James Mosley: A life in objects

Issue 90, Summer 2015


Through his ideas, collecting and dogged research, the former St Bride librarian has shown that printing history can be both lively and opinionated. The world of typography owes him a great debt

Modernism and monograms

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Both artisan and art director, Hermann Eidenbenz was a subtle master of Swiss design.

Deep in the archives

Issue 75, Spring 2010


Contemporary type designers Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes select some historical type specimens that excite and intrigue them.

Recent blog posts about Paul Barnes

Variable grunge

4 April 2023
Design history, Technology, Type Tuesday, Typography

The typewriter typeface formerly known as ‘Trixie’ gets a makeover and a new name: Neither Confirm Nor Deny (NCND). By Paul Barnes

Trixie was perfect for the age of grunge. It became a visual shorthand for typewriters, with the quality of authenticity …

Type Tuesday

13 December 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes deep in the archives: Wilson, 1789
Some typefaces defy the classification of time and place. Wilson’s Roman of 1789 is a…