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Sunday Type: birthday type

One Candle on the Cup Cake

It’s a little premature to celebrate iLT’s first birthday, but August 7th marks the day. In the coming weeks I’ll be organising some prizes and competitions as a way of celebrating and thanking you, the reader. I have numerous things planned for iLT in the coming year, so stay tuned.

Let’s get Sunday Type off to a flying start with some bones by Bjorn Johansson:

Via Street Anatomy | Trend Hunter.

If you’re ever hungry for type, then a bite of Marian Bantjes (please don’t bite her) might well sate your appetite. Her food-inspired pieces are wonderful, and this one commissioned for Creative Review’s subscriber bonus magazine Monograph (wish I’d renewed my subscription now) is no exception:

marian bantjes fro creative review magazine

Be sure to take a look at the others in the Love Stories series. Via Veer.

There’s a good piece on Kiwi type designer Kris Sowersby in the Sunday Star Times. I wish I’d been at the meeting. You can read Kris’ interview for iLT, and read the brilliant—and one of iLT’s most popular articles—From Moleskine to Market, charting the course of his Newzald typeface, from initial sketches to font.
Thanks Matthew for the shout.

Type Videos

More so-called kinetic type:
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And yet another fantastic piece on the Linotype:

Many thanks to Tobias for mentioning this video in the comments to last week’s Sunday Type.

I had never heard of a Pinewood Derby Car until reading about them on Gentle Pure Space. I think I want one:


Manuel sent me this great link to some dynamically drawn type. My favourite is Helvetica accompanied by Nirvana—simply because it makes me feel young; Nirvana, not Helvetica, that is:

And there’s a tutorial on how to do it here (PDF).

I’ve seen this kind of lettering before, but never in something as (usually) mundane as a parking lot:

By Axel Peemoeller. Found by swiss miss.

Some great spreads on serifmag’s Flickr:

The excellent work of Jamie Hearn during his first year at Central Saint Martins in London:

Also found this wonderful Bulldog Clip typeface by Dave Wood, while browsing Johnson Banks’ site.

Why not have a go yourself. Take an everyday object, and turn it into an alphabet. Be sure to let me know if you do.

Free Font

Another quality free font from FontShop. This one is the medium weight of FF Nuvo OT:

These freebies are only available for a limited period, so hurry while it’s still available. Remember to read the license too.

Some more Letraset art; this time from Erik Binggeser:

Be sure to check out the rest of his Deviant Art.
And yet more Letraset from Grapplica:

If you missed it, there’s some more in this May Sunday Type.

Sunday Links

Typography in Exhibit Design
Halo Corpse Alphabet—thanks Ian   Alec
Forget the Film, Watch the Titles
Giant Wooden Outlines—typeoff
Inspiring Advertisements—designerdaily
Top 15 Inspirational Typograhy and Font Blogs

Good to see the specimen book making a comeback. Here’s a new one from the wonderful P22:

There’s more about it on the P22 blog.

A big thank you to Vivien at inspirationbit for sending me this to celebrate iLT’s first birthday:

Thank you, Vivien.

If you were looking for an excuse to buy toy soldiers, then this is it:

Under Consideration interviews the creator of Fire in the Hole, Oliver Munday.

Need a desktop wallpaper for this month? Then here are some from Smashing Magazine to get you started:

And another from New Fangled. There are of course some wallpapers on iLT for your desktop and for iPhone. A number of you have sent me wallpapers; I’ll post them to the site as soon as I get a spare minute. Keep them coming. I like this iPhone wallpaper by David Yeiser, and set in Stern Pro small caps:

Stern—both metal and digital—is on my shopping list. There’s an excellent piece by John D. Berry on Stern on his blog Easily Amused.

I really like this advert for Marcel Berlanger and poster for Simon Starling by Sara De Bondt:

Featuring Wiels by Jo De Baerdemaeker.

Small Caps Revisited

Alec Julien wrote for iLT on the importance of Small Caps, as opposed to those ersatz, scaled down full caps. Here are some lovely small caps:

Digging through the Typophile archives I found this great tutorial on how to create good small caps. You’ll need to know your way around FontLab to make any sense of it, however. The most important thing to remember with small caps is that they should match the weight of the lowercase.


Sleepless Nights on the Baseline. An Illustrated Lecture on Type Design by Jovica Veljović, awarded the Prix Charles Peignot for Excellence in Type Design in 1985.

Jovica Veljović is a calligrapher, printmaker, graphic artist and world-renowned type designer. His type designs include Ex Ponto, Silentium, Sava, ITC Esprit, and ITC Veljović, as well as several custom fonts for corporate clients. He studied at the Academy of Applied Arts, Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia. Now living in Germany, he teaches in the design department of the Fachhochschule-Hamburg. We are fortunate to host him for this rare visit to the United States while he co-teaches FOC’s Summer Workshop with Ward Dunham.

More information on friendsofcalligraphy.org. You can see some of Jovica’s type here.

Pelican Uppercase by Marcus Schaefer:

Made from the perforated foam of a Pelican photo case. Yes, the same Marcus Schaefer behind Action Type.

Today’s Type

Alphaville, a mechanical sans serif from Nick Shinn of ShinnType:

Coming Up

Some articles from the Linotype Matrix magazine, an interview, and that piece I’m writing about Why Type Matters—almost there. I’ll also be doing some work on iLT; tidying up a few things (especially the coding), and also creating a new page from which you can more easily access all iLT articles. It’s back to work for me. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.


  1. lezionidistile

    Happy birthday iLT! :)

  2. A pre-emptive congratulations on one year of iLT.
    Looking forward to the next one!

    Amongst the rest I very much enjoyed Kinetic Type.

  3. Loving Sunday Type as always, especially Bjorn’s bones. Thanks for serving up such a great collection of type every week, and happy almost birthday!

  4. Thanks lezionidistile and George.

    You made iLT’s 5000th comment. I guess that’s deserving of a prize. Let me think….

  5. Years ago, as a child, I used to play around with Letraset that my Dad had lying around from the ‘old days’ of graphic design. It’s lurking around somewhere, and Grapplica’s stuff has inspired me to go searching for it. Thanks for the link, Johno!

  6. congrats on the 5000+ comments! still waiting for a first ;)

  7. Mentioning kinetic type? I made something quite similiar for my AfterEffects-course at the university, although it’s not that professional, i hope you may like it:


    Did you recognize? It’s Jos’ marvellous “Museo”-typeface :)

  8. What a great gift from Vivien! Very thoughtful.

    Congratulations on receiving your 5,000th comment too, John.

  9. Those toy soldiers have been featured to death. But they are still good.

  10. Happy birthday, iLT!

    I like the Letraset from Grapplica, and some very inspiring stuff in this issue! Great work, as usual!

  11. miha

    Happy birthday & congratulations for increasing subscriptions. You have a great blog, and I always read it (although rarely comment). Keep up good work!

    (btw, link for typophile tutorial for creating small caps is just a little bit broken, one can see where it’s aimed, but…)

  12. Woohoo! Happy birthday, iLT!!!

    That Typophile tutorial on creating small caps is excellent — thanks for digging that up. (Oh — there’s a missing “h” in the link, though…)

    An awesome round-up, as usual, Johno. Looking forward to everything year 2 has to offer!

  13. Happy aniversary, Johno!

  14. That is awesome. It feels like ILT has been around a lot longer than that. I only have a very casual interest in typography, but I still read and visit here simply because this is one of the best examples of a well produced, niche blog I’ve ever seen (in a similar vein to http://www.logodesignlove.com/ or http://www.copyblogger.com/). Keep up the awesome work!

  15. Best wishes and a very happy anniversary to you iLT! I look forward to another year of your fantastic posts!

  16. oh, I’m so glad that you received my present in time for iLT’s first birthday. Hope you liked it ;)
    David, thanks for the compliment ;)

    Your Sunday Type posts are always jam packed with interesting finds, but this time I think I had more open tabs in my FF than usual. Thanks for another powerful dose of inspiration.

    Happy future birthday to iLT. I look forward to another successful year and seeing 6 digits in the RSS section of this incredible blog. Keep up the great work, John, and never ever lose your cool and passion.

  17. Good stuff! I can’t believe me it’s been a year already. I started reading from the very beginning, back in the Georgia header days :)
    Can’t wait to see what you have lined up for the anniversary.

  18. Just Thanks :)

  19. Tonamel

    That kinetic type was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so… hyper!

    By the end, I had no idea what was going on with the letters flying every which way, but you could still read every word. Many kudos to the makers!

  20. Wow! Congrats on almost a year. I hope to be able to offer half as much insight and knowledge to a subject in such a timeframe. Keep it up! I have to say, that “Type on Wheels” is pretty sweet! I used to volunteer at a local derby car tournament for kids a while back; it would have been great to see a car like that, instead of mostly Monster Trucks and Corvettes. :)


  21. Happy birthday ILT,
    I hope to have blog for much more time.

    Thank you, Jhono

  22. Thank you VERY much for the feature! This site is responsible for about 20% of my views. I created the blink 182 kinetic typography video.

  23. Happy birthday ILT! (From an early–on–the–7th–of–August & very–rainy–Suffolk!)

    (Hope the n-dashes and ampersands worked in that!)

  24. Happy Birthday indeed ILT. Inspirational as always.


  26. Andrew

    Happy Birthday ILT!

    I know what it’s like to be a Leo (just celebrated my own b-day a week ago.) It’s tough being the leader of the pack, but remember… someone has to stand in the spot light, or who will the rest admire?

    Be proud and stand tall ILT, it’s your job!

  27. …and thanks for the feature.

  28. Happy Birthday! Yesh!

  29. If you like Axel Peemoeller’s sineage then Google Felice Varini, his work is very reminiscent of Axel Peemoeller’s work or vice versa someone inspired someone…

    Loving the blog is one of the few blogs I each regularly, along with typeneu. Keep up the good work. Bigups ILT!

  30. Hey John, the link to the girl with the rabbit is at the designer’s blog:

    My WP has been wonky lately and when I just went to my blog, all the links were missing so I freaked out (but it’s back now for some reason). =P

  31. Omar Yasin

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this music video. They’re having some fun with type in it:
    DVNO by Justice. Video by So-Me/Machine Molle.

  32. Happy birthday, ILT!

    But where is the birthday-post!?

  33. Love it! I’ll bookmark this over at our place:


  34. Happy birthday ILT!

    Today, I found an episode of The Twilight Zone centred around a Linotype operator:


    enjoy :)

  35. Hola

    Feliz Cumpleaños (Happy Birthday)
    Este sitio, un buen café y los periódicos dominicales, se han convertido en parte de mis referencias obligadas para el descanso del fin de semana.
    Para quienes nos aproximamos al buen diseño, en mi caso como un curioso aficionado, iLT se convertido en un placer visual imprescindible.
    Así que, siendo egoísta, deseo que para nuestro bien espiritual prosigan tus éxitos por mucho tiempo más.

    Hasta luego y gracias.

  36. Happy Birthday, John,
    even if not commenting frequently, I’m always around, always overjoyed.

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