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SEEN AND NOTED · February 11, 2010

unholy sonnets


photo copyright 2010 Elias Roustom

EM Letterpress recently printed a beautiful book of poetry by Barton Levi St Armand with illustrations by Walter Feldman. The poems are set in the inimitable Dante with Relay for the headers.


SEEN AND NOTED · February 11, 2010

the night air


“In this edition we’re getting down among the serifs, fiddling about with fonts and dabbling in Qwerty as well as trying to make sense of the Myers Briggs test and where it’s usefully employed. How has the idea of the book and the mechanical printing press fared since Gutenberg’s great idea?”

Check out the sonic collage that is The Night Air podcast.


BEHIND THE SCENES, TYPE DESIGN · January 22, 2010

the final frontier


At the heart of calligraphy is the stroke that comes from the pen, the brush or whatever tool you choose to dip into the black ink and pull across the white page. Type design can of course be looked at through the lens of the calligraphic stroke. And it often is.

But what interests me is what makes typography and calligraphy different. In movable type, each character has a certain amount of letter space, and a fixed amount of line space, that belongs to it. In foundry type this is becomes the body, it’s a physical thing. In my ...

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NEWS · January 11, 2010

Yah-hey!

I will be in America’s dairyland on the 14th to give a talk, sponsored by Design Madison. They suggested that I come in March when it’s warmer but I said no way I grew up in Wisconsin, I am coming in January. Doncha know.


SKETCHES · January 4, 2010

2010

Happy New Year!


SKETCHES · December 18, 2009

happy new year

‘Ras as-Sana’ drawn in Kufic style lettering.


SKETCHES · December 11, 2009

happy hanukkah

Hebrew lettering, inspired by Ben Shahn.


SEEN AND NOTED · November 13, 2009

think löçãl

Drawing a masthead is a nice change of pace. While a typeface contains hundreds of different glyphs, a masthead is usually just several letters long. You even know what order they go in. In contrast, the parts of a typeface can be assembled in almost any sequence and the letter drawer must plan for that.

There are some folks who delight in obscure letter combinations, archaic diacritic marks, and other linguistic minutiae. And it is important to take care with such details. Sometimes, I also like to just draw though.

I had a great time drawing this masthead for a ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · October 20, 2009

moving type!

I sent Brent Barson an email to tell him how much I enjoyed the opening titles for the fifth Typophile Film Festival made by him and his students. It happens to feature Scout and Dispatch but for me that was just a bonus. The animation is really amazing. Barson replied that it turns out Scout and Dispatch were just asking to be cut out of wood, metal, and plexiglass. Who knew? Christian Schwartz’s handsome Farnham also shows up, among others.

Scout also shows up in the inimitable Laurie Rosenwald’s animated chaos. Keep your eyes peeled for Loupot, me ...

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TYPE DESIGN · September 24, 2009

font flick!










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