…and trash the rest. Massimo Vignelli
's design canon circa 2008, in PDF form.
On 28 June, Santa Cruz typographer Adam Lewis Greene submitted his Bible-as-literature project Bibliotheca to Kickstarter for one month of crowdfunding. Within 27 hours, the project had attained its $37,000 funding goal. People kept pledging support. By 26 July, following publication of a Verge article about the project, backing passed the $1 million mark. Two days later, when the fundraising period closed, the project had raised $1,440,345 from 14,884 backers. "No notes, no chapter numbers, no scripture verses. Just the text." What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing
. [more inside]
is a Russian artist/illustrator now living in England whose quilled paper pieces are increasingly in demand. Her website
is rich with her work - jump right into the illustration
sectons - or browse the news section
to see a roughly reverse chronological listing. Design Taxi has collected a group of images highlighting her quilled typography. [more inside]
The President has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to render text in a variety of sweet-as-hell video game typefaces using Arcade Font Writer
? [more inside]
Like cheesy 3D animation and PornHub comments? Here you go!
New York City-based designer Michael Allen
has sacrificed many beards in the creation of a typeface shaved away from his own facial hair. [image1] [image2]
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It’s also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended’s regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces. [via]
"ON DARK evenings in late 1916, a frail 76-year-old man could often be seen shuffling furtively between The Dove, a pub in west London, and the green and gold turrets of Hammersmith Bridge. Passers-by paid no attention, for there was nothing about Thomas Cobden-Sanderson’s nightly walks to suggest that he was undertaking a peculiar and criminal act of destruction."
's Christmas Edition tells the story of "the Fight Over the Doves"
: “No more graceful Roman letter has ever been cut and cast,” [more inside]
is an exploration of the history of typography, from cave paintings to the modern day, in which you play a colon (which navigates something like a motorcycle) traversing a landscape
composed of various fonts. [more inside]
Once upon a time
, typographical practice was anarchy. Printers put in all sizes of spaces in haphazard ways, including after periods. Then, a standard emerged: the single space after a period. Unfortunately, the evil typewriter came along, and for some unknown reason, people began to put wider double spaces after periods. Typographers railed against the practice, but they could do nothing. [more inside]
Ben Barrett-Forrest offers a paper animation History of Typography
"For all those who need to communicate clearly and even add a modicum of aesthetic value to their messages, this publication provides everything you always wanted to ask but didn’t know how to." [via
. A very long page of very well curated snippets of lettering and typography on packages from decades ago.
is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam
; and Image Nodes
) and passive (Meet the Ipsums
, more than 30 text generators, from corporate
; the useless web
; dripping paint
). [more inside]
You can still read the text of James Joyce's Ulysses even if all 265,222 words are printed on a 33 x 47 inch poster. It's a little harder when you cram the 820,000 words of the King James Bible. "Warner says theoretically they could print letterforms that are just seven printing dots high, meaning a type size of 0.3pt, where the capital letters would be .0002 inches tall. “That would be a poster with way over 1 million words,” he says. “And as of yet, we’ve not found a famous work in the public domain that long.” Also available
, Das Kapital, Faust, Moby Dick, Origin of Species, MacBeth, Pride and Prejudice, Kama Sutra, Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy with more to come.
During my service in the Korean military, I worked for two years as special intelligence personnel for the NSA, learning first-hand how to extract information from defense targets. Now, as a designer, I am influenced by these experiences and I have become dedicated to researching ways to “articulate our unfreedom” and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society.
ZXX is a disruptive typeface
designed by an ex-Korean intelligence officer to prevent automated text processing. ZXX Type Specimen Video
. Project site
offers a free download (.zip, 77 KB)
The John Stevens Shop
in Newport, Rhode Island is a 3 century old family business that primarily carves lettering in stone buildings and memorials
using traditional designs, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial
in Arlington. It is astounding to see the high quality of their work over time, from the documentary Final Marks
(1979) to fonts designed for Adobe
, to perhaps the greatest task: training those
that will follow
so they may lead.
Amsterdam Central Station has been the subject of intense renovation in the past decade. Not only is the station being given a revamp, there's also a new metro line being built under it,
as well as a new bus station and ferry terminal being added to the northside. During the course of this still not completed renovation a number of complex problems had to be solved. One pressing issue however is still open: will the kerning of the giant "Amsterdam" on the roof of the new bus terminal actually work
? [more inside]
"There isn’t a style book for this stuff," Tom Bodkin, design director of the Times explains
. "There’s no consistency."
to produce the perfect book (single-link graphic design essay).
, a new, updated, better-looking and free (beer and speech) version of Courier has been released
. It's been designed for screen plays
but very much suitable for other uses, including documents, the web and mobile applications. [more inside]
Challenge: Create an image out of a word
, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts
From the mind of Ji Lee [more inside]
Have you ever wondered what the most common word is for any given country's history of wikipedia page? Me neither. But here it is, made into map form
. [more inside]
A collaboration between 26 designers to create 26 space and sci-fi themed letters. A series of 26 sci-fi and space themed typographic art prints.
In 1962, fifty years ago this month, striking union printers shut down four New York City newspapers in resistance to computerized, automated technologies that were being introduced in newsrooms across the country. Five other area papers shut down voluntarily. The strike lasted 114 days and sounded the death knell for four newspapers. For a brief period, New York was a laboratory that demonstrated what can happen when newspapers vanish. Today, new technology is again shaking American newspapers as the Internet drains away more and more advertising revenue. Is this The Long Good Bye? [more inside]
The Evolution of Type
- by Andreas Scheiger. More examples here
Ever since something was invented to replace it, people have been predicting the end of the book:
The Death Of The Book Through The Ages [more inside]
Superhero Typographic Classifications:
"The most distinguishing factor of any font is its characters. Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character—its own unique characteristics. However classified this information may seem, when used correctly, typefaces often speak to us more powerfully than the words that are written with them."
is a typeface for creating simple editable graphs and charts, designed by Travis Kochel
. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf
and FF PicLig
, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process. Using OpenType
features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling. Watch the demo video
. Buy a license
The Comedy Carpet
is an enormous public typographic artwork in Blackpool, England, for decades a waystation for every stand-up comedian and comedy troupe in the country. This giant expanse of typography – like a football field of flat concrete you can read and walk on – displays every punchline and catchphrase of 20th-century British comedy, up to and including the entire Monty Python “Parrot Sketch.” Designer Andy Altmann gives a talk
(direct Vimeo version
) describing the immense design, computation, and construction work that went into fitting all those letters together. [more inside]
Launched just last week, Calligraphica
is the new Tumblr home for calligraphy and hand-drawn type. While you're at it, check out their sister site, Typeverything
is a tumblr devoted to images of chrome: the lettering, logos, and ornaments adorning old automobiles (and bicycles and cameras and appliances).
creates numerical fonts
where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value
was a major figure in the Czech avant-garde; a writer, designer, typographer and collagist.
He was a member of Devětsil
and later joined the Prague Surrealist group with Toyen
and Jindrich Styrsky
Here are some of his Book Covers
of the 1920- and 1930's and 1926 he made ABECEDA
with each letter posed by the dancer Milca Mayerová.
Here is a video reconstruction
of the dance moves.
Teige died in 1951 of a heart attack, said to be a result of a ferocious Soviet press campaign against him as a 'Trotskyite degenerate,' his papers were destroyed by the secret police, and his published work was suppressed for decades.
The Central European Review
has some articles on his work.