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When type foundries had actual forges

Beautiful set of photos from the Caslon type foundry in 1906. Bonus old-school typography pleasures: Remaking the Pictorial Webster's; Linotype: The Movie Trailer
posted by Erasmouse on Aug 6, 2013 - 14 comments

The small print

Typographic Insanity. 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.
posted by storybored on Aug 1, 2013 - 31 comments

The ZXX typeface: Zalgo meets Captcha to prevent OCR

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).
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 22, 2013 - 43 comments

Yes, It Is Carved In Stone

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.
posted by plinth on Jun 11, 2013 - 8 comments

Kerning panic in Amsterdam

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]
posted by MartinWisse on May 4, 2013 - 52 comments

What determines which New York Times headlines are italicized?

"There isn’t a style book for this stuff," Tom Bodkin, design director of the Times explains. "There’s no consistency."
posted by larrybob on May 3, 2013 - 9 comments

Would you say no to having David Bowie on your Coffee Table?

Along with a career retrospective, the V&A Museum in London will publish an extensive photo book covering Bowie's career to date. Graphic design studio Barnbrook has designed the 'David Bowie is' book which accompanies the V&A's exhibition of the same name. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 6, 2013 - 5 comments

The Secret Law of Page Harmony

A method to produce the perfect book (single-link graphic design essay).
posted by Doleful Creature on Feb 19, 2013 - 32 comments

Typography Nerds Take Note

Courier Prime, 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]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 30, 2013 - 69 comments

Word As Image, by Ji Lee

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]
posted by growabrain on Jan 7, 2013 - 20 comments

A laconic map

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]
posted by jeather on Dec 28, 2012 - 38 comments

Cosmic Sans

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.
posted by Sailormom on Dec 26, 2012 - 29 comments

The Times They Are a-Changin'

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]
posted by zarq on Nov 30, 2012 - 25 comments

When the novelty wore off we got back to basics

A Conversation with Michael Manoogian, whose hand-drawn logos helped define album covers from a time period before computers.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 18, 2012 - 13 comments

The Evolution of Type

The Evolution of Type - by Andreas Scheiger. More examples here.
posted by plinth on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 comments

The ascending and descending trajectory of grunge typography

The Rise And Fall Of Grunge Typography.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 23, 2012 - 45 comments

Books, book bindings, and the death of the book

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]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 15, 2012 - 60 comments

Taylor Mali poem, animated

A typographical animation of Taylor Mali's poem, "Totally like whatever, you know?"
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 1, 2012 - 18 comments


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."
posted by Fizz on Jul 25, 2012 - 23 comments

You couldn't just Tweet the Declaration of Independence

The Dunlap broadside was the first printing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 12, 2012 - 9 comments

We Love Typography World

We Love Typography World [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 comments

editable visualized data

FF Chartwell 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.
posted by heatherann on Jun 29, 2012 - 19 comments

Installing concrete type on the grounds of the Blackpool Comedy Carpet

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]
posted by joeclark on Jun 18, 2012 - 11 comments

Fluid and Spontaneous

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.
posted by netbros on Jun 6, 2012 - 4 comments

Junkyard Silver.

Chromeography is a tumblr devoted to images of chrome: the lettering, logos, and ornaments adorning old automobiles (and bicycles and cameras and appliances).
posted by gamera on May 23, 2012 - 8 comments

Big (and small) Numbers

FatFonts creates numerical fonts where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 14, 2012 - 23 comments

Czech out this L'Enfant Terrible

Karel Teige 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.
posted by adamvasco on May 9, 2012 - 5 comments

But I did not shoot no San-Serif

I shot the Serif (in-browser game)
posted by TangerineGurl on May 2, 2012 - 12 comments

Timeless Message

The story behind the iconic poster Keep Calm and Carry On rediscovered in 1991 at Barter Books, has been covered here before, but not in this lovely short video. And not with the new iPhone app.
posted by Miko on Apr 3, 2012 - 36 comments

Frustro: The Impossible Typeface

Hungarian designer Martzi Hegedűs has created a single typeface, titled Frustro, on the sole premise of making it impossible.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 23, 2012 - 21 comments

Few Examples of Lisp Code Typography

Few Examples of Lisp Code Typography. From 1953 to 2012. (Via Lambda the Ultimate.)
posted by skynxnex on Mar 11, 2012 - 39 comments

The Final Alphabet

Arkitypo — Using the 26 letters of the alphabet as the starting point, the curators selected a specific typeface that began with each respective letter to develop a 3d alphabet of alphabets. After thoroughly researching the history of each letter, they set out to represent each individual character graphically with elements of its history serving as the foundation. Arkitypo: letter rotations on Vimeo.
posted by netbros on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 comments

City of Big Shoulders and Sans Serif

One designer's attempt to create a logo for each of Chicago's seventy-seven community areas, and a few of the more well-known neighborhoods in between. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Jan 23, 2012 - 33 comments

Why America is fucked SLYT.

Why America is fucked SLYT.
posted by Meatbomb on Jan 19, 2012 - 94 comments

The Comic Sans Project

posted by blue_beetle on Jan 8, 2012 - 79 comments

Shapecatcher: draw to explore Unicode characters

Shapecatcher let's you draw a picture to find the matching Unicode characters. via
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 11, 2011 - 33 comments

Shape Type

Shape Type is a letter shaping game, created by the same people that made Kern Type (previously).
posted by Memo on Nov 10, 2011 - 14 comments

Typographic Inspiration

Beautiful Type is a patchwork of photos and illustrations having a relationship with typography. AisleOne is focused on graphic design, typography, grid systems, minimalism and modernism. iABC is a collection of beautiful letters. Inspiration Bit has a nice archive of articles about web typography. Nicetype is about fonts, logos, posters and software. Twenty-Six Types celebrates the beautiful letters. Typenuts is type-themed iPhone and desktop wallpapers. Typoretum is about typography, letterpress and printing history. Enjoy.
posted by netbros on Nov 6, 2011 - 5 comments

No comic sans...

The 8 Worst Fonts In The World
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 4, 2011 - 96 comments


This is the story of the creation of a new font: Avería [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Oct 29, 2011 - 41 comments

What makes for a good UI font?

Ian Hex writes about the features that make for a good UI typeface by comparing and contrasting five different fonts (Segoe UI, Lucida Grande, Ubuntu, Helvetica Neue, and Droid Sans) . He also links to a great post on the making of Azuro. Left out of the race was Nokia Pure.
posted by dst on Oct 29, 2011 - 25 comments

There’s no way we’re gonna die tonight / If we shout loud enough they can’t turn out the light

Double Dagger are were a guitar-less punk band from Baltimore. They made incredible music (slyt). [more inside]
posted by bardic on Oct 12, 2011 - 15 comments

KernType, a kerning game

KernType is a game where you put your kerning skills to the test.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Oct 7, 2011 - 72 comments

"The easiest way to use Real Fonts on your website"

Typekit, the subscription based Web Font service founded by Jeffery Veen, has been aquired by Adobe.
posted by Artw on Oct 3, 2011 - 44 comments

Sequoyah says, "ᎣᏏᏲ!"

The Indomitable Language: How the Cherokee Syllabary Went from Parchment to iPad
posted by overeducated_alligator on Sep 20, 2011 - 22 comments

Experimental type of type

Generative Typografie - experimental programmatic type and infographics (demos and text auf Deutsch)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 comments

Chinese flip-flops for your viewing pleasure

Chinese-English Ambigrams [Previously] [Wikipedia]
David Moser and William James (Wm Jas) Tychonievich
posted by jng on Aug 14, 2011 - 14 comments

Running Alphabet

"Running Alphabet is a project by the designer and runner Joan Pons Moll. The purpose of it is to run every character from the alphabet, captured by GPS and create a complete typeface from it. This is a collaborative initiative so if you are interested in running a letter go to participate and follow the instructions. Ready, Type, Go!" [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Aug 11, 2011 - 17 comments

Typeface based on sculpture becomes motorized sculpture

Typeface based on sculpture becomes motorized sculpture. The (European) typeface Jigsaw, “which was inspired by sculpture,” finds a use in typesetting the names of donors to a (U.S.) regional arts council. “A motorized disk contains approximately 2,000 names.... Pushing an initial letter on the control panel allows the viewer to find a particular name. The disk rotates and stops at the requested letter and displays all the names corresponding to the requested letter by backlighting them with white LEDs.” (Gallery; Vimeo video.) [more inside]
posted by joeclark on Jul 10, 2011 - 12 comments

Letters Are Symbols Which Turn Matter Into Spirit

Letterology — an open classroom in book design, experimental typography, and professional practices. Popular posts include : The Olivetti Typewriter, in 1911 Olivetti produced Italy's first typewriter. One hundred years later we continue to celebrate the smart promotion. Early 20th Century Trademarks, pages of trademarked names from the Trade Mark Title Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1910-1913. Czechoslovakian Stamp Designs, the variety and styles of the hand lettered text on these stamps is stunning. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 comments

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