I Love Typography

Typenuts, The Funny Side of Typography

First, a big thank you to all of you loyal iLT readers and subscribers. Perhaps I should change this site’s name to welovetypography.com, or Ilovetypographyandyoudotoo.com. Anyway….

Well, many have commented that they enjoy a little humour with their typography, so let me introduce you to TypeNuts, the new iLT comic strip. This is my first attempt at a comic strip; well, it’s not really a “strip” as such; anyway, I hope you enjoy them.

So without further ado, TypeNuts Part One:


Stay tuned for the next part in the Type Terminology Series. If you haven’t read parts one and two yet, then:

Here’s Part 1: Who Shot the Serif;
and here’s Part 2: The Return of the Serif.

And just to whet your appetite, here’s what’s to come next year:


Until next time, Happy “typing”.



  1. Awesome cartoon! And are you really publishing a book? The design is really lovely.

  2. Can you please sign something for me before you get too famous… actually scrap that - I’ve probably already got a few photos I can use in evidence.

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

  3. Alec
    Thank you, and thanks for your continued support, insights and erudition.
    Re the book, that’s the plan, though need to get a firm offer from a publisher first. Thinking With Type by Lupton is a wonderful book, and I don’t intend to compete with that title, but I think there’s room for a book about typography that teaches typography in a different/alternative way. It would also include contributions from typographers, designers and non-designers, has a section on getting started designing your own typeface, etc, etc—all with a pinch of humour. I guess I don’t have to look far for a book designer, though Stephen might be out of my price range :)

    Jack (Horrorwood)
    Thanks. looking forward to seeing you next week.
    And, to quote Mr Nietzsche,

    Success has always been a great liar.

  4. There are many brilliant type books out there - what are you going to offer?
    I think I would choose Univers, but it is a tough choice isn’t it… I believe it would be nice and salty.

  5. Hahah, I think I’ll have the Gill Sans Soup :)

    Awesome cover design!

    If it ships to Portugal, then I’ll totally buy it :D


    ps: a small suggestion, maybe personalized emoticons would be a great idea

  6. for some reason your comic made me think of Andy Warhol falling in love with Typography (all those soup cans, I guess…) :-)
    I have one word to say (it recently became my daughter’s favourite word): “More!” - more comics, more humour, more great stuff from that genius brain of yours :-)

    P.S. Whoa! Congrats for getting over 2000 barrier in your RSS. I won’t be surprised if I’ll see a letter “K” in that feedstat icon soon.

    P.P.S. Are you sure that book of yours will remain so thin by the time it gets printed? I hope not.

  7. The comic was very simple and pretty clever and I liked it.

    You’re making an actual book? That is pretty cool. I hope its a blend of some of the humor that you’ve got as well as some of the fantastic information. It is always nice to read funny stuff.

  8. D Schorno

    That’s funny. I think it’s embarrassing that i can find humor in a comic strip about typography, but i laughed. The culture surrounding design is so weird.

    Anyways, I love your blog. Keep posting man. Good luck with that book

  9. Finally the book emerges! For some reason I knew it was coming.
    If you are ever in Tokyo and want to grab a coffee and discuss ideas, grid systems, golden section usage, and all that sexy design geek kinda of stuff for the book… drop me an e-mail.

    Typo here: “Stay tuned for the next part in the Type [Terminoogy] Series. If you haven’t read parts one and two yet then”

    PS - Congrats on the subscribers. and I would like to order a “DIN and Mrs. Eaves” soup combo; thank you =P

  10. Dylan
    Yes, there are indeed some great Typography titles. I’m hoping to make typography more fun, and to attract a new audience in addition to those who already have an interest in the subject; and to demonstrate that typography is not only for designers; to stimulate interest in typography, not solely as a a category of design. It’s often said that good typography is typography that goes unnoticed (like the music score of a movie); however, I want for everyone to notice; I want readers of books to think this typeface, this layout makes for good reading; I want people to actually see typography, to notice it to comment on it, discuss it, argue about it, appreciate it, hate it, laugh about it, cry about it (hyperbole). And, though there are many wonderful typography books (books that I could never hope to compete with), I do feel that there is room for a book that will be read by those who hitherto knew nothing about it. I’ve rambled a little (perhaps a lot). Have I answered your question?
    Btw, that beach_scene screen print is wonderful.

    Thank you. You are iLT’s first commentator from Portugal, so I guess I should say

    Eu amo o typography

    Is that correct? Gill sans Soup :) I wonder what that would taste like?

    I hope your lovely daughter is also a subscriber to iLT. Her being in pre-school is no excuse :) I think she deserves a “More iLT!” T-Shirt.

    Good to see you here again, and pleased you liked it. Yes, that’s the idea with the book.

    D Schorno
    If you laughed at it, then I’m afraid to say that you are most likely a Typenut, and you’ll need to read the upcoming series on Coming to Terms with Typoholism, the disease, the cure :) I’m pleased you like it, really appreciate your words of encouragement, and looking forward to seeing you here again soon.

    That sounds like an offer I can’t refuse. I’ll be visiting the Nike Design office in Tokyo soon, so I’ll do my best to kill the proverbial two birds. Many thanks for pointing out that typo. DIN and Mrs Eaves: you have fine taste, Sir.

  11. Sounds great.
    I understand what you intend - my family and friends are semi-disgusted with my infatuation with letters. Although more often than not people have brilliant opinions!

    Thankyou very much regarding the print.

    I will let you know when my year’s paintings are up - they revolve around letterforms and (hopefully) may interest you.

  12. The cartoon is pretty damn funny. I laughed out loud. And then I thought about how people who aren’t designers or into typography and all this would scratch their heads and give me—us—funny looks. That made me laugh harder still.

    As to the book, that’s an elegant-looking cover. Trick, of course, is whether it would be a good fit for the body of the book. Speaking of which, please remember to make the point—as we’ve been speaking of elsewhere—that typography is the prime tool for keeping faith with the obligation of the page designer to serve writers and readers.

    I’d certainly be interested in working a project like this from the design and layout angle—hint, hint. And, as long as I’m being shameless, there’s a short interview with me on Publishing Careers.

  13. Fuh-nee on the comic. Really. People who don’t notice fonts and typography just don’t understand all the subtle differences. And you truly will be publishing a book? Great color and cover…

  14. Johno
    Do you have any idea when you will be heading to Tokyo? I’ll make sure to keep the day open.

    DIN and Mrs. Eaves - my favorite serif/sans serif combo for a long time. That pair is pure beauty, but there are some new ones that might be taking it’s spot soon.

    Is this “:)” your little Japanese touch to the bottom of the website? Haha!

  15. Perhaps you will publish it in digital E-Book format also?? yeah…your design cover got big size of “Y” which is very “eye-catching” for composition! Good ;)
    Have you consider any illustration to enrich your book cover design ( :p or maybe to clutter it ??) It is so quiet thou it is also unique…

    I will wait for another Typenuts series !!

  16. Ko

    I love typography too! Pinch of humor, that kinda stuff.

    Great to get a book going, where we all can write what we love about Typography.

  17. That’s a great cartoon. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hilarious! This “type geek” almost spit coffee all over the PowerBook when seeing the cartoon. - J.

  19. I can’t believe your subscribers have jumped another 100 overnight! Yay!! You’ll be as popular as Copyblogger soon enough.

    Loved the comic. Can’t wait for more! Maybe I can just contribute some to your book instead of publishing my own, ok? I think that prospect is a little too intimidating at the moment!

    Out of curiosity, have you planned any posts on useing type creatively? As in using the shapes just as much as the characters to communicate? Like you did with your dates and brackets at the top of the page here. I would love to learn about how you achieved that kind of command over typography.

  20. Dylan
    Thanks. Look forward to seeing them.

    I enjoyed reading the interview. Great stuff. Your point about the cover being being a good fit for the content is a good one. Interestingly, if you have to design an entire book, including cover, what do you start with?

    Thanks. Many more of those to come.

    No firm dates as yet. So hectic these days, but will shout when I know when. The smilie thing in the footer is actually part of WordPress, but I know what you mean.

    yes, there will be a downloadable e-book too. Thanks for the compliment.

    I’m pleased you like it. See you again.

    My pleasure. And thanks for mentioning on your own blog and elsewhere. Really appreciate your spreading the word.

    Yes, if you laughed that much then you need to join iLT’s Typoholics Anonymous. Information on joining the program coming soon.

    Yes, I’m happy about that. Great to see that there’s so must interest in typography. That’s a kind offer. I’ll be sure to take you up on it. I hadn’t really considered that; I’ll think about it.

  21. that is AWESOME! i’m printing it out and putting it on my cubicle. this is probably my new favorite website :-)

  22. Tray
    It’s an honour to be on your cublicle. Please send me a photo of it in situ.
    If you need a higher resolution one to print out, then let me know, and I’ll mail you one. Thanks!

  23. i’d LOVE a higher res copy! i’d love to print it out on my new medium-large format printer and put it up in my room too. :-)

  24. Tray
    Here’s a larger version for you and anyone else with some free cubicle wall space:

    Typenuts Cartoon Strip Higher Res Image Link.

  25. yesss! thanks


  26. If I’m designing the whole magilla, I start with the book’s interior. By the time I’m done with the interior design, I’ve looked at the text of the book and gotten some sense about what the book’s about and what it says. I stop short of starting to actually pour in the text and making pages. Rather I then take what I’ve gathered about the book and start to conceptualize the cover.

    I just turned down a book cover—as well as a promo postcard for a non-publishing-related business. Didn’t even get as far as talking about the money. My reason was because I hadn’t done the interior. And it’s no fun to come in on a project at that stage, not having had a hand in shaping how the guts of the book are brought to readers.

    I’m actually working on something for my blog about turning down work. It sort of goes against my constitution, as I’d certainly rather be busy than not. But I’ve also gotten to the point where I recognize that when I take work that I really don’t have a hankering to do, I cheapen myself and maybe my reputation. I understand plenty of people hold jobs they wish they didn’t have to. And so who am I to whine about working on projects I don’t enjoy? But there it is, and I don’t feel a need to apologize.

    No surprise, I also don’t accept work that pays too little because it would devalue my effort and my product.

  27. Something beautiful again! I love the way you draw!

  28. Ko

    I’m right there with you, Stephen. To be involved in the whole project from the start is much more rewarding, then to be roped in at the last minute to provide a cover or a finishing touch. Especially with book design you get more of the ‘flavour’ of the book, when you keep returning to the contents, the text, images, etc. while putting the frame work for the inside together. Doing the cover at a much later stage produces a much more cohesive product; and even the title can sometimes still change…

    As to taking on a job or turning it down, that would, I think, depend on what situation you find yourself in, whether you can afford to do so or not. In my experience, getting too little for your work is definitely detrimental, your work is not valued and you’ll be asked forever to just do this little thing and that little item. It’s just not worth it.

  29. Stephen
    Thanks for that insight. I certainly agree with you re working for too little; it’s not good to have a “cheap” reputation.

    Thanks for the compliment.

    Thank you. Whether one can afford to turn away work is certainly a factor.

  30. Congrats on the 2000 subscribers!
    NIce comic strip - are these going in the book too? When are you going to get time to write it with two blogs and design work on the go as well? Looking forward to adding it to my amazon list (it grows ever longer). Just having a look at some of your recommended Amazon books - you should add a UK Amazon link too.

  31. Okay, so a funny thing happened. Two funny things, actually. After I turned down the cover I was relaxing and reading some stuff on typography and design, and ideas started popping into my head for the cover. One of the reasons I find it interesting that I do this work is that I’m not very visually-oriented; for me it’s a verbal orientation. But I actually had some pictures in my mind’s eye. So I was wavering. And then last night I got email from the potential client that sounded as if she’d never seen my turn-down. So I emailed her some thoughts, some questions, and a bid that was on the high side. I’m waiting to hear—she’s a middle person that I’d be subbing from; so I’m waiting for her to talk to her client the author/self-publisher.

    We’ll see.

  32. Tara
    Thanks. The Amazon UK links is a good idea. I wonder how I should do that? Perhaps on IP address. Time, as you are no doubt aware, is the one thing I need more of. If you have a few spare minutes, then please mail them to…

    That is funny. Perhaps that potential client read your earlier comment. Good luck with it.

  33. I think the link http://ilovetypography.com is good enough. Anyone who reads it will think, “I love typography!”

    Cool, eh?

  34. Tendouji
    Thanks. I can see that you do :)

  35. SallyYi

    It’s a great cartoon and v funny. When is the next? Now I love typography too :)

  36. Sallyyi
    Thank you. The next is coming soon. This week, in fact. I have many of them; it’s just finding the time to draw them!

  37. Awesome cartoon!
    i love it.. :)

  38. This is great. For me, I’ll have to think about Alphabet Soup Vectora…


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