Derek Birdsall

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Powered flight

Issue 88, Summer 2014


For fifteen years, Pegasus, an international biannual corporate magazine designed by Derek…

Devil in the detail

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Careful, even-tempered typographer by day – wild art director by night? For John Morgan, both the…

Understanding silly books

Issue 54, Winter 2004


Turning Python’s TV humour into cold print required some very serious graphic design


Issue 50, Winter 2003


Does a small book from nearly 30 years ago encapsulate a ‘golden age’?

Naked words

Issue 82, Winter 2012


Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the…

‘Type-only Penguins sell a million’ shock

Issue 54, Winter 2004


Penguin uses design to revitalise its back catalogue with Great Ideas and a revived Reference…

White space black hat

Issue 9, Summer 1993


Derek Birdsall harbours a secret. It has given him 30 years at the top. If it works, he says, use…

Recent blog posts by Derek Birdsall

Noted #71

3 November 2015

TPTQ Arabic; Frank; FS Brabo by Fontsmith; Typomad 2015; New Perspectives in Typography; The Eric Gill Series
Typotheque’s Peter Biľak has announced the launch of TPTQ Arabic, a new type foundry dedicated to developing original high-quality Arabic typefaces and systems for bi-lingual typography.