Stelae for 7/7.
The London 7/7 Memorial consists of “52 pillars (or ‘stelae’), cast in rough textured stainless steel, each representing one of the victims” of the 2005 terrorist bombing attack. Typographer Phil Baines (profile
) explains the development of the rough-hewn yet “British” typeface, based on “the 19th-century, untutored signmakers’ sansserif you see on buildings around the city,” that is moulded into the living steel.
posted by joeclark
on Jul 8, 2009 -
Tart cards [NSFW]
are the means by which many London prostitutes advertise their services. Step into almost any central London phone box and you can contemplate up to 80 cards inviting you to be tied, teased, spanked or massaged.... [Wallpaper Magazine] asked designers – from students to superstars – to find the tart hiding in every typeface and create their own graphic numbers.... all 450 cards can be viewed here
. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Jun 26, 2009 -
Stereotypes -- Derided by typophiles as crass, "ethnic type" has a revealing taxonomy and, surprisingly, serves a purpose.
posted by cog_nate
on Jun 19, 2009 -
"I want our type to jump, scream, whisper and dance..." Ebon Heath and His Visual Poetry
. "When I close my eyes I can see the words of great poets like Rakem or Tupac flying thru the air and dancing with the same physicality my body instinctually feels. My mobiles attempt to create a visual sense of rhythm and flow that is alive, not contained."
This interview with Heath
breaks down his Stereo.type
projects. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 30, 2009 -
has a useful and full-featured search for the names and glyphs for those Unicode characters that display as a plain box full of despair. It is presented by the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Roll the dice ⚅⚄
and try it out. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Jan 23, 2009 -
FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. Once you're done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.
posted by Dave Faris
on Apr 12, 2008 -
It’s easy to talk about Adrian Frutiger
in the past tense, since his most influential fonts – Univers
, and the eponymous Frutiger
– are all at least thirty years old. But he is still alive
, and in the summer of 2006, as he was presented with the Society for Typographic Aficionados
’ annual Typography Award
, type designer Mark Simonson
gave a presentation on how Frutiger
[pdf, 18 MB] affected, and continues to affect, him and all others who benefit from good typography.
posted by tepidmonkey
on Oct 3, 2007 -
I loved this beautifully filmed short documentary on The Letterpress
. For those of us who have ever risked our very own fingers for the cause of printing, or had the California Job Case burned into memory, this will be a trip down memory lane. For the rest of you, it may give you an idea for your next hobby.
posted by The Deej
on Aug 23, 2007 -
Helvetica, a documentary film.
is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives."
posted by londontube
on Jan 25, 2007 -
Not My Type
- An office and its occupants, made entirely of typographic characters, create a theatre of emotion. View the separate animations (Flash) 1
. Also, visit an article
on the work's concept development and storyboarding process. And there's more
posted by sjvilla79
on Aug 16, 2005 -
is a creative project run by five russian type designers. Day by day, they create original typefaces and post their results along with routine.
posted by Robot Johnny
on Jun 1, 2005 -
Thinking with Type
The online companion to the book of the same name offers a nice little online primer on the finer points of typography, including my favourite new online game: Dumb Quotes. Remember kids: only you
can prevent poor kerning.
posted by Robot Johnny
on Jan 31, 2005 -
Help is needed
to save the Imprimerie Nationale, one of the greatest repositories of typographic material in the world. (If you have ever used a Garamond revival, or a Didot or a Fournier, you are indebted to the Imprimerie.) Their collection, which spans four centuries, is scheduled to be dissolved in the next twelve months.
quoted from Jonathan Hoefler's email that posted by
benson to the typophile forums
posted by sixtwenty3dc
on Oct 21, 2004 -
artfully alters photographs of typography with your personalized greeting. Lots of fun (but watch out for all those pop-ups!)
posted by Robot Johnny
on Sep 4, 2004 -
Are you a typoholic?
It starts so innocently. One day you're mildly interested in the difference between display and text typefaces. Soon you can distinguish between teardrop and beak terminals. Suddenly you're annoying everyone in the movie theater by yelling out the names of all the fonts used in the credits. What's so scary is that you never saw it coming. You, my friend, are a type freak.
posted by ColdChef
on Apr 29, 2004 -