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Sunday Type: farnham type

It’s a big one, captain

Loosen your belts because this one’s a big one. Not sure where to start, so why not start with a receding hairline. Well, that’s the name of Christopher’s blog; and why do I mention it? Because he’s written a good little piece entitled Ten typographic mistakes everyone makes.

First, something for the children, or for the child in you: Action Type, type gone 3D:


Looking for engraved stationery? engravedstationery.org is a great place to start.

Thanks to Jon Tan (via Twitter)

Love these designs by Toko (discovered the talented TOKO via aisleone)

For some Found Type inspiration, take a look at Joseph Robertson’s Flickr Type Set.

We’ve had letterpress on old maps. Here’s some type on old Damask wallpaper:

via swissmiss

And some more letter-blocks—slab serifs, please:

And another interesting image from the same site. Can you spot the type? This one has given me some ideas!

Some heavy-weight inspiration. This is my type of Elephant. Elephantype, if you like:

Typesites review of AIGA DC’s Are You a Virgin? site.

Next up is an excellent piece on Typewriter Typefaces. I’m sure there are many more yet to be digitized; would be a shame to lose them:

Roundup Type

Open Source Cynicism
A critical review of Eric Gill’s An Essay on Typography—Paul Rand
In Your Face—featuring 256TM.
OpenType Icons—via Manuel.
typofont—Swedish type blog from Magnus. Like the header (perhaps because it’s set in one of my very favorite typefaces)
forensic typography—from H&FJ

Karly’s Expressive Type (update)

Last week I mentioned the type exercise that Karly set herself. Looks as though she inspired others to have a go. Here are two of them: Vlad (like his take on the word ‘magic’—with the omitted ‘a’); and Matt Jewell (with a very lonely ‘o’. Perhaps I’ll work with Karly to set a type exercise every couple of weeks. What do you think? And what would you think if there were prizes involved?

Letterspace

A great free PDF magazine that you may not have come across before is Letterspace, the newsletter of the Typpe Designers Club. It’s a darn good read.

I particularly enjoyed Cyrus Highsmith’s article Do we need more fonts? from the winter 2008 issue (PDF link at the bottom of that page).

Today’s Type

Zanzibar, yet another lovely script from Mark Simonson:

Two from Umbrella Type. The first, a curvy sans, Sans Original

the second, a scratchy handwriting-inspired script called On the Line

and Farnham by Christian Schwartz, the new face of the redesigned Creative Review. I just got my copy through the mail, and it looks gorgeous. Farnham is an excellent choice and comes in four million weights and styles (42, actually):

Coming up

Several interviews, part four of the Type Terms/Type History series; part three of Paul Dean’s eXtreme type; iLT’s second-quarter 15 Great Examples of Web Typography; and an article on Selecting Open Source Fonts.  Oh, and the first iLT t-shirts will be available soon. Initially, there will be three designs to choose from. An opportunity to get some type on your chests before summer.

Have a great Sunday. See you all in April.


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  1. Vrinda

    Great stuff!
    Love the idea of the type exercises every couple of weeks.
    The prizes would be a good incentive to get more people involved.
    The Elephantype is beautiful! =D

  2. Rafael

    It’s easier to “spot the type” if you close your eyes a little bit. Great stuff, I like the type exercises.

  3. I really like the ‘Action Type’ and the letter blocks. They’ve given me an idea for something I’m doing personally as well.

    The elephant really is very beautiful is an odd way!

    (Thanks for linking to my blog also)

  4. That type elephant is awesome!

  5. The first typewriter face reminds me a bit of Archer. Christopher’s list was cool, i only scored 4 out of 10, how awful. Who scored 10? :)

    Well, now that i’ve learned – thanks to Christopher – i guess i scored ⅖ :D

  6. Just a sidenote: I just encountered that if you, against all odds, do type properly in the comments, typogrify kinda fucks it up:

    If you use an ndash and wrap it properly with thinsp, typogrify wraps another set of thinsp around it.

  7. Wow, this is a big one. Great work John.

    Manuel, Æstheticrew
    I’ll look into it.

  8. I got 9 out of 10, but maybe my American ignorance of Pound typesetting can be excused. Or maybe not.

    Have you all seen this brilliant (non-typographic) book organizing scheme?:

    http://flickr.com/photos/santos/27538777/in/set-72157594545602320/

    Can’t wait for the iLT shirts!

    Oh — I think the type exercises with Karly is an excellent idea.

  9. What an inspirational round-up!

  10. Katja Bak

    love the elephant. reminds me of something i did in my senior year at highschool. i used type and 3d mediums to try and bring the english language to life. make it more tangible rather than 2d words on a page.

    the typographic exercises are a great idea [i totally suggested it too!] i’m excited to get started.

  11. Cool Hamish, thanks. Wanted to talk to you about a few things anyways, but always forgot mailing you about it. Might make it this week ;)

    Alec, 9 out of 10? Wowzers! And i feel you, can’t wait to see the shirts as well, John must be trippin over there. Get some rest sometimes, will you John? ;)

  12. Thanks for the quality post as usual. Sunday Type is my favorite blog event every week. I also love the idea of type exercises and I would totally participate as often as I could.

  13. Ah, a refreshing read with a cup of coffee on my Sunday morning.

    I’m with you Alec. I scored 9 out of 10 and the only one I missed was the way to set amounts with the pound symbol properly. North Americas should get a veto on that one =P

    I’m just waiting for the iLT April Fools post. If you need help with ideas for one Johno, throw me a mail ;)

  14. Wonderful as usual, thanks for the link to Typesites by the way. :)

    That elephant is particularly amazing, I want one!

  15. Great roundup John. I especially like the engraved stationery, great work!

  16. Great Sunday Type, happy to be reading it. The Letterspace magazine in particular caught my eye, a very good read.

    The exercises seem a novel idea, worth trying out. Maybe we can see that in the weeks to come.

  17. mon

    i love

  18. Leigh

    I knew 9 out of 10, but only recognized about 6 of them. I only missed the fractions.

    I think an exercise/competition would be a great! Especially if prizes are involved.

    The [i]Letterspace[/i] article was an excellent read.

  19. Yet another great Sunday Type. I really like those letter blocks, along with that elephant paper type, really cool! Those letterpresses are amazing! Good stuff! :)

  20. I enjoyed reading the 10 typographic mistakes. The editors of the magazines I design are sticklers about most of those.

    It looks like I should get started on type exercises for all of you. What a fun project for me. I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with.

  21. There’s a “Typpe” in there somewhere. :) Great Sunday Type! Love the woodblocks. Interesting take on the ‘g’ in Original Sans… I like it.

  22. Fantastic link round-up! One correction: my name is Joseph Robertson, not Christopher Robertson (re: found type set on flickr).

  23. Ala

    its so fascinating, and it takes a lot of creativity to be able to create unique letters and also adhere to the rules of the letter structure!
    keep up the great work <3

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