Letters from Jerusalem
3 January, 2018

Here is a mixed bag of some interesting type and lettering.


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Some Signs from Jerusalem
2 January, 2018

We just got back from a great trip to Israel, so the next several posts will be some images from the trip.

We had the occasion to go thanks to a call Kimya received from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She was invited to be one of 6 Indians for to conduct a week-long workshop for the school’s “India Design Week”. Naturally, her theme was typography – her students first learned the basics of the Devanagari script then made a typographic object with bilingual Hebrew and Devanagari lettering.

I didn’t have much to do with the workshop, so I spent my time working on a new Hebrew typeface and wandering around clicking photos all over the city. Here are just a few shop signs from Jerusalem to get started.


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Faenza – Second Visit
21 August, 2017

Thanks to the Kerning Conference, I’ve had the fortune to visit Faenza Italy two times now. These are a few of the nice letters I snapped while visiting this last June.


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Faenza Ceramics Museum
6 August, 2017

Besides type, ceramics is another major personal interests. On my second trip to Faenza I had the pleasure of visiting this substantial ceramics museum. Since this site is dedicated to type, I’m only sharing the few relevant images that overlap with this core focus. But I should mention that these few excerpts weren’t actually the major highlights of the museum… never-the-less, these typographic specimens are still pretty nice.


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Kerning Conference 2017
7 July, 2017

I had the fortune to attend my second Kerning conference last month. On both occasions I had a lovely time in the tiny village of Faenza alternating sips of espresso and wine while hanging out with some of the best people in type. Even though the conference itself is quite small (one day of talks, maybe roughly 200 attendees), there are two bonus days of workshops, and a few days before and after the conference to extend the experience. We happened to be there for 4 days and enjoyed every minute. It’s a testament to the IRL fun we had seeing as how I took hardly any photos. There were so many lunches, dinners, aperitivos, late night bars, etc. and I didn’t take a single photo. Nor did I take any inside the conference other than during the talks. It’s sad for showing off here, or for digital memories, but it was a great time.

Shoutouts to Antonio Cavedoni, Dan Rhatigan & Dan Reynolds who gave my three favorite presentations.


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The Letterform Archive!
17 May, 2017

We FINALLY made it to visit the Letterform Archive this last January. I’ve been hoping to see this in person for years now, and meet the founder of it Rob Saunders. Unfortunately Rob was away on a business trip to see about acquiring some huge collection of materials to add to the Archive.

We only had an afternoon here, and that’s certainly not nearly enough time. Next visit I’ll spend a week there for sure :)

These few images give a glimpse of what the place is like and just how much material they have to go through. This is only the surface and only a fraction of the inspiring and significant items they have.

I’d also like to say a thank you to their librarian Amelia who generously offered a lot of advice for us regarding our own collection. Our Mota Italic library is a similar concept as the Letterform Archive, but still in the infant stage. Being in India, we have some additional book preservation issues due to the climate and Amelia was able to give some good suggestions to help preserve everything.

Keep up the great work Letterform Archive, and I look forward to visiting you again!


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Letters from a few great days in San Francisco
17 May, 2017

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SF House Numbers
7 May, 2017

Not so many to share, but I did pass by a few notable numbers on my San Francisco wanderings.


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Vintage Wine, Beer, & Spirits Label Exhibition in SF
5 May, 2017

Like some sorta typographic-acid flashback, the last few days have brought many random flashbacks of my awesome time in San Francisco last January. I been remembering a lot of my visit to Kadam, Tânia, and Frank, and finally getting to see the Bay Area. Most of the time was spent buried in books or cocktails – both at Frank & Tânia’s library & kitchen, or many of the cities book shops and bars. Books and drinking, that was pretty much the theme of the visit.

So over the next few posts I’ll be sharing photos of misc SF finds.

First up was a great exhibition at the California Historical Society on Vintage Wine Beer & Spirit Labels. Sadly I’m posting this after the closing date (it ran December 8th 2016 – April 16th, 2017), so hopefully you caught it while it was up if you are nearby. The collection of labels was produced by the Lehmann Printing and Lithographic Company of San Francisco. The exhibition stated:

Designed during the terrible privation and unrest of the Great Depression, Lehmann’s labels graced hundreds of thousands of bottles of mass manufactured, highly alcoholic wines and liquors, invoking deliciously unrealistic fantasies of peace, plenty, and the high-class life. Marrying design with consumer ideology, the Lehmann oeuvre represents a forgotten high point of American commercial art.

Founded in 1911 by Adolph Lehmann with an initial investment of $190, the firm expanded into a major industrial printing operation valued at $600,000 by 1935. A dazzled correspondent for the Inland Printer dubbed Lehmann “the printer who hasn’t heard about the depression.” The company employed one hundred people, including a permanent staff of anonymous artists who designed each custom label with skillful care. To meet an ever-increasing demand for labels, Lehmann also pioneered a stock label service in the mid-1930s, creating catalogs of generic labels with stock vignettes that could be applied to a wide variety of products.

From a typographic standpoint I of course enjoyed many of the labels on display. There were numerous great examples, only a few of which are shown here. My only complaint would be that the lighting made photography extremely difficult. The exhibition was very both well organized and beautiful with its differently colored thematic rooms and archival photos, stories, and other ephemera along side the labels to put things in context and explain the lithographic process and business side of things in more detail.


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SUNDAY CLOSED
24 April, 2017

SUNDAY CLOSED

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Stenso Lettering Guide
10 January, 2017

Late 1940s or early 1950s Stenso Lettering Guide...

Picked up this late 1940s or early 1950s Stenso Lettering Guide for $1 from a Reno antique shop.

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House Numbers from Budapest
14 November, 2016

A modest collection from a few nice days in Budapest.


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