Our library is growing
9 December, 2017

We recently went on a mini book buying spree and then realized that we had nearly ran out of shelf space. Luckily, our custom shelving system is modular and easy to expand. The vertical spacers are welded and powder-coated steel fabricated by local metal dude, so we just had to go back and ask for four more pieces. The shelves are readily available plywood, that only requires 12 holes and a bit of sanding. So now we have 20% more space, and even with the new books added to the collection, there is more room for more shopping!

Also, as you may have already seen, I am in the process of digitally cataloging all these materials. It’s a slow process, but once done will make finding specific resources easier – and more importantly, this will allow us to publish the whole catalog online for everyone’s reference. The current status is that I’ve entered 320 books (accounting for 57,620 pages) till now. The bookshelves are divided into 15 sections, 7 of which are cataloged, 6 are still to go, and two are empty. One of these remaining sections will be relatively simple to do, the others will be more tedious. Of the remaining 5, 3 are type specimens – those will be extremely time consuming. The last two are either about, or written in, other languages and scripts, so they will also tougher to catalog.


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A big shipment just arrived!
22 November, 2017

We are excited to be adding 26 new books to our collection! Thank you to my parents and sister for lugging the extra 25Kgs from the US to India.


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We hosted 16 (or 17?) students from Pearl Academy today
19 August, 2017

We hosted 16 (or 17?) students from Pearl…

We hosted 16 (or 17?) students from Pearl Academy today. They were cool! Here Kimya is showing off some ephemera from our library.

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Slowly cataloging our library
17 August, 2017

Over the last couple months we’ve been slowly…

Over the last couple months we’ve been slowly cataloging all our type books with Bookpedia. So far we are very happy with he app and would recommend it. But cataloging takes so much time… So far we ‘only’ have 231 books entered, which is almost half of the main typographic reference section. There are still specimens, periodicals, and other misc books to go. It’s slightly depressing to see them all fitting on one screen, because it belittles the actual mass. In real life these books take up two long shelves — about 16 feet long.
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+1 for Martina Flor’s new book!
22 May, 2017

We have a new member to have just…

We have a new member to have just joined our collection! We are happy to offer @martinaflor’s wonderful new book “The Golden Secrets of Lettering” available in our library. You are welcome to come check it out in person (it may just be the only copy in India currently!). In any case, we highly recommend it and would say it’s worth ordering one for yourself!

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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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On our wonderful trip to San Francisco we adopted several new additions for our library
9 January, 2017

On our wonderful trip to San Francisco we...

Let’s welcome them all to the collection! 📚

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