I Love Typography

Sunday Type: favourite type

A Year in the Life of…

Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes. iLT is now one year old. During year two I plan to go up a gear, with more contributed pieces, more type history, more great typefaces and inspirational lettering, interviews, more type history, more type tips, book reviews, types in use, and a readers’ questions section. If you have suggestions for content, then let me know.

I mentioned Marian Bantjes’ work for Creative Review last week. Here she is again, with a stunning laser-cut poster:

To see more images, and to discover why it was cut from the front rather than the reveres side, visit Marian’s site.

A very simple and effective type treatment from VW, highlighting the smooth transition of its new electronic gearbox:

We’ve had type-themed scarves, t-shirts, scrabble, chocolate; we’ve even had potato type and those gorgeous metal ampersands from House Industries. If thinking of all that has made you somewhat dizzy, then rest your weary head on one or all of these:


From bonjourmoncoussin.com. Thanks to Yuki.

A quick review (in French) of a wonderful little book

typographie vintage

Many have written enthusiastically to tell me about their experiences with letterpress. The other week I mentioned Lauren’s series of articles on her first experiences with letterpress. Alex Charchar has written a great piece on his ‘new’ Heidelberg ‘Windmill’ Platen Press:

Like the introduction to his piece:

There is something special about the printing method that is letterpress. Brief affairs between the very real metal type and beautiful uncoated stock produce children of tangibility, each slightly different, but always of the same family.

You may not have space for something like this, but why not start small. See Ben’s Letterpress from Scratch for more.

Today’s type

A voluptuous script from Font Bureau. Designed by Richard Lipton, and inspired by the lettering of Raphael Boguslav, she goes by the name of Sloop. An unusually inelegant name for such a lovely type:

Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, the movie) recently announced his latest film Objectified, all about industrial design. The poster for the film has appeared everywhere, but just in case you missed it:

The film will premiere in early 2009. Oh, and there’s an Objectified t-shirt too.

Morisawa FontPark is similar to Jose Rodriguez’s Type Is Art, only you get the opportunity to play with Japanese characters. Here’s one I did very quickly using my own name written in Hiragana:

Careful! It’s addictive. The first version of FontPark is here. If your wondering what your name looks like in Japanese, then try the Japanese Translator tool.

Sunday links

Graveyard ‘Typography’
Typesites’ review of Gapers Block
Type designer Michael Browers
Reprinting a classic Wim Crouwel poster—Creative Review
Typonine Politikal
Nice spreads from Viktor Suszter
A model for ink traps—clever idea.
Versal-Eszett, upper-case ß—Flickr pool
A yearn to kern: Fonts are the clothes that words wear
Seven fonts that should die
Type Cooker type drawing exercises
Facelift Image Replacement (or FLIR). No Flash.
FF Meta is everywhere—segd
justwatchthesky—simple type treatments, good colour palettes
Enter the serif—Kung Fu type video
The new Lift logoVia.
Design critique of Klepas.org
Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style—design observer
FontShop new foundries—Dalton Maag & Samuelstype

Thanks to those who sent in their type doodles after the Napkin Type article. Here’s a great one from Leila Singleton:

I’ll photograph my own efforts and post soon. If you’d like to see yours here, then simply mail it to jboardley(at)gmail(dot)com. Keep them coming!

And from Napkins to coffee, here’s a beautiful ‘doodle’ from Eduardo Berliner:

Thanks to Gerry Leonidas. I’m off to fill my pen with coffee.

Veerle Pieters lists her ten favourite types, and includes Requiem by Hoefler & Frere-Jones:

A sublime italic. Now name your favourites. Even a top three will do.

Ministry of Type just gets better and better. Aegir recently published a great article on Glagolitic:

and created the lovely piece above using Nikola Djurek’s Glagolitic type.

A great interview with Tomáš Brousil, the guy behind the SuitCase foundry, and designer of BistroScript, Dederon Sans and Serif, Gloriola, the free Metalista, and my personal favourite RePublic.

Read the interview on MyFonts’ Creative Characters.

A great lettering and type Flickr set:

And besides the lovely lettering, take a look at the fence:

Type Design Resources

I’m often asked to recommend resources for getting started designing type. I’m no type designer, but, in my opinion, Gunnlaugur SE Briem’s Type Notes has to be one of the best places to begin. And don’t forget Alec Julien’s So you want to create a font series. Anyone else have suggestions?

New type

Back in December 2007, I interviewed Neil Summerour of Type Trust. Since then he’s been pretty busy working on, among other things, Aaux Next, a new 72 font super-family:

As a special offer to iLT readers if you enter ‘iLTAAUX’ in the promo code field during checkout you’ll receive an additional 10% off any Aaux Next purchase.

Coming up

Mid week, I’ll publish an interview with the type designer behind this typeface:

I wonder who that could be? The following week, there’s a great article from a couple of graduates of The Hague, recounting their experiences on the Type and Media course.

Thanks for reading. Have an inspiring week.


  1. Congrats John on a year of wonderful type articles! I enjoy reading your blog and it inspires to think and design with type. The sunday posts are a great way to start the week. Keep it up! Thank you for the link to my website, much appreciated. Have a great week.

  2. Sander
    Thank you. It’s been a good year. the next will be better.

  3. Great post, Johno. I really want a typographic pillow. I also like the VW advertisements (only typography!). It’s nice to see some quality advertising work.

    Happy belated birthday to ILT, by the way!

  4. “Thanks for reading. Have an inspiring week.”

    Too late mate, you already started it! ;)

    Besides, that gravestone i’ve found got me thinking. Here on my island they’ve kept most of the old gravestones from the old whalehunter captains (huge stones, some of taller than an adult). Will check next time when i visit grandma if they are typographically interesting.

    Without your inspirational work i would have never had such an interesting bike trip; so again: you started it! Thank you.

  5. Hey John, thanks for the link, so nice seeing my name and little site as a link here, I really appreciate the mention and I’m glad you enjoyed the article

    A great Sunday Type, as always. Loved Marian Bantjes continually stunning work, type on pillows, type humor mixed with kung fu and the Yearn to Kern article—always nice to see how non-designers/non-typographers view the world of type. Especially loved Spiekermann’s response to Trebuchet in that article.

    Thank-you again, Sir.

  6. Just what i needed on a rather grey morning in London, cracking Sunday Type!

  7. Marian Bantjes really can do no wrong - she’s the kind of designer who makes me want to give up because I’ll never be as good!

  8. Dagonet

    That book on vintage typography is also available in English under the ISBN 0500241376.

  9. I don’t know if I could pick my favorite type, not enough experience in dealing with multiple typefaces in multiple situations yet. I’m pretty sure Minion Pro would be in there. Other than that I’m not sure… Unless I got to pick 50.

    By the way, that’s one crazy “g” in the header type!

  10. Man, those VW posters are clean and clever. I’m a big fan.


  11. Do we know if that those VW ads are real or just spec work?

  12. The haircut napkin type really freaks me out. I have no idea why

  13. Bob Marchman

    My all time fav type faces are (in no particular order):

    Minion Pro
    Warnock Pro
    Scala Sans

    What can I say, I’m a sucker for the classics.

  14. Horah! A year! I’ve been a subscriber since almost the beginning and I’ve loved every post, mostly from afar.

    And Marian’s work is just perpetually stunning. le sigh!

  15. Hm, top three?

    Helvetica Neue (light & ultralight, mostly)
    Meta (even if it is ubiquitous)
    Scala Sans

    Garamond (a couple versions, neither of which is ITC’s)
    and Deepdene

  16. I recently stumbled upon your blog, and I’m happy to hear that you are still going strong… and plan to go stronger in the future.

    I have a deep seeded love for Typography, and it’s always a joy to see what you post.

  17. Joey
    Thanks. Pleased you enjoyed it.

    You’re fast turning into a type nut. Found any more ‘misplaced’ gravestones on your travels? Thanks again for the links you’ve been sending.

    Yes Spiekermann’s,

    “Trebu-f—-ing-chet?” he said. “Who put that on here?”

    made me smile too.

    From a Japn well into the 30s, I’m pleased it brightened your day.

    I know what you mean. Though, she’s a wonderful inspiration to aspire to greater things.

    I should have mentioned that in the article. Thank you!

    David Yesier
    Thanks for sharing your favourites. That g was from Galliard italic. I’ve now changed the header for one set in Font Bureau’s Sloop.

    Thanks. My guess is your a sans serif kind of guy….

    I think they’re the real deal, though I’ll double check for you.

    There is something edgy about it. I love the concept: hairy type and the scissors-cut t.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m a sucker for Scala Sans (& Scala) too. Great combo for extended text with body set in Scala and titles, sub-heads, etc set in Scla. And Scala’s lowercase a is a particular favourite of mine—love the shape of the counter.

    What a loyal reader. Thank you. Nice to see you here in the comments. I appreciate it.

    Thanks. Scala Sans gets another vote.

    Thank you.

    And thanks to you all for your inspirational comments. Makes all those late nights (and ‘poverty’) worth while :)

  18. Top three favorite types: Garamond, Caslon and Minion.

    The Vintage Typography book is delightful! So detailed. I like details! I’ve seen it before at Barnes & Noble. I didn’t buy it, though I’ve had it on my wish list since April! The ISBNs listed on Amazon.com were ISBN-10: 0823099598 and ISBN-13: 978-0823099597 (not sure why there are two). Ross MacDonald, whom I’ve interviewed on my site before, has several letterpress pieces in that book.

    I’m so glad you found Alex’s letterpress story. He has such a poetic way of writing. I love it! His pictures were awesome, too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    Eduardo Berliner’s coffee doodle is awesome! Did he explain how he did it? I can’t believe it was really coffee in a fountain pen, though it sure looks like it…

    Happy Birthday, iLT. Here’s to an even more successful and informative year two!

  19. Very good stuff this week. I can’t wait for Gary Hustwit’s new film to come out. I’m curious to see how it all comes together. I been looking at Aaux Next and comparing it to Aaux Pro. There are very small changes, but I must say Aaux Next is a bit more structured. Happy birthday again iLT, good stuff!

  20. Thanks for this article, I love the work of Eduardo Berliner

  21. Happy birthday iLT, and to a more productive and fun second year!
    This being said and that Sunday Type being read, I’m looking forward to the piece about the Type and Media course. Is there a way we could maybe be treated to the same thing, but about Reading’s Typeface design course instead?
    Thanks for this great website.

  22. Typegirl

    Another amazing issue.

    No link to the image Gerry sent?

  23. Stephen

    “Sloop” an inelegant name? Sloops were graceful, fast and agile:


  24. Thank you for posting my napkin type, John! I had so much fun drawing Haircut and it’s a real treat to be able to share it with your readers.

    A belated Happy Birthday to iLT — your features never fail to awe and inspire.

    P.S.: Loved seeing the finished BistroScript alongside the designer’s preliminary sketches.

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    Ой, классно :)

  26. Wow…new favorite blog!

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