"Type designers know well that context, culture, and history shape the connotations of letterforms. . . . In fact, type plays a starring role in the making of nations
." A short but interesting look at typography and political identity from Print
posted by camcgee
on Jul 8, 2008 -
"To produce such a typeface, Müteferrika knew he had to analyze Arabic script. Calligraphers might learn to make the correctly shaped letter combinations by practice, without conscious application of tens of thousands of rules, but for machine reproduction of the script, deciphering those rules was exactly what was essential."
posted by dhruva
on May 1, 2008 -
"Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures: Poland's Heritage
is an international educational exhibition which presents the history of tolerance and cohabitation of various ethnic groups in the territory of Polish-Lithuanian Commowealth and is addressed primarily to foreigners all around the world"
. This is achieved via a very beautiful flash site.
posted by peacay
on Mar 25, 2008 -
As part of the recent Dutch Design Week
, students were instructed to produce an original typeset using thin, flat material (metal strips, tape, toilet paper, etc.) and then "pick one location, and create a large scale zigzag lettering and make passersby hallucinate."
posted by Terminal Verbosity
on Nov 12, 2007 -
A Website about Corporate Identity.
A large archive of corporation logos with design credits, typeface identification (or, at least the typographic roots of the ID's.) and Pantone color information. Not at all complete, but it's a very nice start. Hopefully it will continue to expand.
via: Grain Edit
posted by JBennett
on Nov 7, 2007 -
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 -
This ongoing project, started in 1998, is aimed at documenting, appreciating, and recontextualizing vernacular letterforms and typography. (Design dorks rejoice!)
posted by ColdChef
on May 7, 2007 -