9 September, 2008

This is a series of ‘O’s which explores various surface treatments and display methods. The letter ‘O’ often has the preconception of being a generic form; yet in reality one will find there are many shapes the letter can take. For this series the large inside counter provided many exciting opportunities. The seductive interior space here usually becomes the focal point of the letter – more so than the actual positive space. Represented in this collection are the typefaces Frutiger, Shithouse, Tiepolo, and Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch. Most are about 5 or 6 inches (12cm – 15cm) in the largest direction. Of the fifteen here, one form is a zero and not the letter ‘o’.

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Ceramic Block Letters
8 September, 2008


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Trinity Church Cemetery
20 August, 2008

Stumbled across the Trinity Church Cemetery in lower Manhattan. It’s rather old by American standards, most dates are mid 18th C. – mid 19th C. According to Wikipedia there are many notable people there. I didn’t notice though, was too busy admiring the lettering styles and nice illustrations.

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“I Like Type” “Mini-Posters”
2 August, 2008

These “mini-posters” were made in 2007 for the ICTVC conference in Thessaloniki. This set of 7 different designs was displayed and given out so people could select their favorite design… It turned out though that most people wanted the full collection.

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TypeCon Buffalo 2008
21 July, 2008

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Always in progress
15 July, 2008

You Should Like Type Too .com blackletter sketch


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Typo Berlin 2008
1 June, 2008

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Pangrams are fun
29 April, 2008

Akira Zapf Optima pangram

Being into type, either professionally or casually, pangrams are a nice way to quickly sample all letters of the alphabet.

Craig Eliason has set up an entertaining and fun blog for new pangrams.

This week’s is all type-themed and he has started off with a great one! Make sure to keep checking his site for the rest.

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Fleming Fictions Find Fresh Facades
19 April, 2008

New james bond book covers

Ian Fleming (d. 1964) acclaimed creator and author of James bond would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. In commemoration of this anniversary, Penguin UK is re-issuing his series of 14 books with newly designed hard covers created by Michael Gillette.

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German Candy Packaging
14 April, 2008

It is no secret that I have a sweet tooth (and many cavities to prove it), but I am especially weak in certain cases. These treats were bought mostly out of interest for the lettering, more than being hungry. However. all were tasty. Germany has some interesting packaging that is frequently significantly different than that back in the US. Check out larger images on the next page.

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Fashionable Type
11 March, 2008

fashion, Viktor and Rolf, type, fonts on clothes

So here is part of Viktor and Rolf’s new runway collection. Not critiquing the actual fashion, this is simply to point out the serious use of type in the clothing. Good or bad, it is fun to see. Contrary to what this site says:

Her eyes may say ‘yes’ but her clothes say ‘no’…

I have to say the “NOs” seem rather redundant because the models look quite unhappy and icy. Here are a couple extra images:

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Typotechnica 2007
5 November, 2007

Typotechnica was a two day conference hosted by Linotype for the fourth time. Held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, it was conveniently close to the Linotype headquarters in Bad Homburg on April 27-29th. The conference was fairly small (maybe 100-200 people), but had a good atmosphere and was the perfect mix of topics for me as a Reading student just starting out with type design. It was neither too technical nor too basic. I walked away from the even inspired and excited. (It was also here that I met Otmar Hoefer and was offered the opportunity to work at Linotype after my graduation!)

Tom Phinney from Adobe has written an extensive review of the conference, including notes and key points from many talks.

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