The World’s Smallest Specimen Book*
24 March, 2010

world's smallest specimen book centerfold

This booklet was made for TypeCon 2008 in Buffalo. It is A7 when folded (meaning it is 2.8″ x 4″) with 16 pages + 8 different cover options. The pronouncement of “World’s Smallest Specimen Book” was not confirmed (or looked into at all for that matter), so there is a handy disclaimer*

* Possibly. Maybe.

Specimen book size not actually verified.
Well, this is for sure the World’s Smallest Specimen Book made in July 2008 featuring the typefaces Gemma, Vesper, Unicase Monospace, Aurora (codename), Chef, and Beefeater.

[Update] Here is one tiny specimen book that has firmly knocked me off my throne: Types in the Cases of William M. Cheney – from 1961. This is an incredibly hard to find book (finder’s fee for anyone who can pass one along to me!) but Typesticker has some nice photos of it up on Flickr.

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TypeCon ’06 Postcards
22 March, 2010

These little cards, created for TypeCon 2006, feature a motif based on some wire sculptures I was working on at the time. To make these more interesting, there are 2 different patterns for the logo, 4 colors for the ‘I Like Type’ statement, 4 different spray painted icons, and 4 different colors of paint! They are in a numbered edition of 300 and every card is totally unique with random combinations of colors and designs.

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Can you spot the error?
20 March, 2010

oops, something's wrong

For those of you following along, these are some of the latest Gemma fonts. Five weights, three widths, Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, & dingbats: moving closer to completion every day.

But today something went wrong with the test fonts. Can you figure out what happened?

HINT: there was only a problem with one glyph in the master file.

First one to guess the bad glyph wins!

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Happy Gemma Day!
13 March, 2010

With my routine sorta messed up today, I almost forgot to change the page! Happy Gemma Day!

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Hey man, it’s been a while!
19 February, 2010

A bit of an update /
Excuses for not updating the site for a rather long time:

Unfortunately, things has been hectic lately and this site has suffered. There are many updates waiting and plans for the future here, just no time to implement them (this is a common problem for most of us it seems).

Since opening Mota Italic in October I have had almost no life*. The remainder of 2009 was spent bug fixing the shop, fine tuning the design, and adding a bit more content. Major updates to Vesper and Mota Pixel were began then as well.

So far most of 2010 has been divided between these two designs and the new family “Gemma.” I can report that all three of projects are coming along nicely and will be released in the near future now. We had hoped to have Vesper out already, but we ended up adding way more features and improvements to it that have pushed the schedule back. Gemma too is a bit behind schedule, but that is due to the family growing greatly. The wait should be worth it – we hope! I’ll update our Facebook page in the next couple days with some new previews.

The last relevant story is that along the way too I had a hard drive crash and lost most of my photo library. This is might be recoverable, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. This concerns you, Dear Reader, because the next 40 or so “Showcase” posts are sitting on this drive. In the meantime I have a few posts that I can still put up and/or I’ll just go discover some new cool images.

I keep telling myself that life will eventually level out and it will be easier to fit side projects in… we will see. But deep down I am pretty sure that assumption is false. So in the next months I will try harder to at least occasionally put up some new things here. Thanks for your patience and for coming back!

* There is a German term my mother-in-law loves to use to describe me: Kellerkind. Haha, it has my name in it. The explanation of this though is basically a kid that lives in the basement and never goes outside or sees the sunlight; i.e. I sit in front of the computer all day.

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Cassius Serif Day! Typeface designed…
6 February, 2010

Cassius Serif Day! Typeface designed by the awesome @mathieureguer

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Cosette staying warm
19 January, 2010

Cosette has spent 1/2 the winter on the radiator in the small gap below the windowsill.

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Happy Sodachrome Day!
12 January, 2010

Happy Sodachrome Day! Nice work by @ultrasparky and Ian Moore

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Bahlsen Keksdose – Vesper
13 December, 2009

From 1923. At the Museum der Dinge

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Dan & JFK
13 December, 2009

At the Museum der Dinge

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Indra and her Ding
13 December, 2009

At the Museum der Dinge

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Museum of Things #2 [UPDATED]
21 November, 2009

Just a few more images from Berlin’s ultra-cool Museum of Things!

You can also see more great objects from the museum in this previous post.


You can also help out the museum by becoming a Dingpfleger (a caretaker/sponsor of a thing). For a small donation you can adopt one of their objects! For more information and to learn about becoming a Dingpfleger(in) have a look here (German).

Check out what we are sponsoring for 2010!
(And thanks to Dan Reynolds for the quote!)(Even if it maybe, possibly, came with the tiniest bit of sarcasm.)

The “Vesper” Bahlsen Keksdose from 1923 over at the Museum der Dinge’s website

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