Sunday Type: tsang type

Words as Pictures

Thanks for your feedback to my questions about posting frequency and the length of these Sunday Type posts. I’ve decided to shorten Sunday Type just a little (though I will sometimes supersize it), and also post relevant newsworthy items throughout the week—if there are any, that is. I’m also considering ‘mashable’ posts using tags. So, for example, you select the Marian Bantjes tag, and you get to see a post that comprises all the Bantjes bits from various iLT posts. If there are some smart WordPress coders out there, then let me know how I might go about achieving this—please.

Let’s get started today with work from Chinese artist Tsang Kin-wah:

Love Type

Pretty patterns constructed from not-so-pretty words:

Thanks to Yuki.

Some of his work is sexually explicit, and contains strong language, so if that kind of thing offends you, then just don’t click through. Personally, I love his work.

Some gorgeous letterpress cards from Justin Knopp’s Typoretum (some beautiful photography too):

An oh-so-simple, lovely set of cards from Chick Print:

The richness and variety of Jason Santa Maria’s web site, never fails to amaze me:

Love the big red drop cap set in Soho.

Big type posters from OddHero:

Via.

Portrait of Japanese pop singer Utada Hikaru, constructed from her lyrics:

Via 21 Inspirational Typography Artworks from DeviantArt.

Some more work in a similar style from Thomas Broomé:

Some more of his work posted here.
Thanks, Sander.

Some experimental type design by illustrator and graphic designer, Bechira Sorin:

I’m often asked to recommend software applications for organising fonts. Personally I don’t use anything other than Font Book that ships with Mac OS, but Smashing Magazine have a good review of 25 font management tools. I must say, the yet-to-be-released FontCase (for Mac) looks promising. I’d be interested to hear why people use these applications.

A free online version of Computer Arts dedicated to typography, including an interview with Sebastian Lester, designer of the aforementioned Soho (and the sans accompaniment, Soho Gothic).

Sunday links

My Fonts Rising Stars newsletter
Typographie book review
Want to work for Punchcut/Typophile?
AlphaBunnies poster
What are you going to do today, Olive—sweet book cover.
Inspiration from movie credits
Corpoetics by Nick Asbury
AisleOne redesign launched
Typotheque’s new baby
Typography for lawyers
Ten sketchy (free) fonts for web designers
Helvetica Bold + negative letterspacing
Google Chrome fonts by Scott McCloud
FontShop’s FontFeed relaunces with its own domain:

Looking good. However, does this mean the death of Typographica? I certainly hope not!
A special offer on Jean François Porchez’s Le Monde Sans PTF:

Pascal Zoghbi of 29letters dsigned this and others for MoreCult, a Dutch-based fashion design firm:

Thanks, Bernd.

I like the work from Keep Calm Gallery (some of which I have adorning my own walls):

Video

Some nice ‘kinetic’ type from Nicholas Schrunk:

Today’s types

Two types to put a smile on your face: first, a gorgeously juicy script Comalle designed by Chilean Juan Pablo de Gregorio:

And Creaky Frank (got to love the name) by Derek Yaniger, a self-confessed “toothless hillbilly … raised on little more than pork rinds and corn squeezins.

Coming up

When it comes to learning how to design books, there’s one title that stands head and shoulders above the others. I’ll be reviewing it later in the week. I’ll also be giving away a copy of the book as a prize. In the meantime, have a thoroughly inspiring week.


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  1. Tiffany

    Note that Creaky Frank could also be used for something Tiki inspired too. It isn’t just for hillbillies. LOL

    The work of Tsang Kin-wah finally makes me see that sometimes it is OK to squoosh type to near oblivion. Gorgeous work.

  2. haraya

    I think it’s stunning. Tsang’s word painting tames all those bold words. It’s like having a happy melody for somber lyrics, or the spam type series.

    Great post, as always.

  3. Wow, gorgeous artworks.. Ashed Dreams typography girl is just amazing..

  4. Please mention credits for the typographic work shown.
    for the MoreCult fashion pic, please mention that the design of the arabic kufi pattern is created by myself (Pascal Zoghbi / 29letters) for the summer 2009 collection of MoreCult. please also add links to my blog from where the picture was taken, and a link to MoreCult website were are the collection can be found.

  5. Well I would recommend Linotype fontexplorer x, you are gonna fall in love with the app instantly :-)

  6. Another good post, Johno. Those sketchy fonts are pretty cool, but I feel a bit sketchy using them. Like I should just use my own drawings. I’ve seen some nice uses of Sketch Rockwell, though. What does the crowd think of using these kinds of fonts?

  7. chestah

    the asian typogirl from deviantart showcase caught my eye too :)

  8. Just a quick comment from me, loads of designers I know use font-management apps because, well let’s face it who really wants to wait 15 minutes while their computer loads up the hundreds of fonts they have installed? Say you only have Adobe Open Type, that’s about 500-600 right there, more if you count individual weights. Who wants to scroll through all of those? Besides, a program can help you quickly browse all those fonts without having to enable them all, thus making your system run faster.

    And FontCase looks to be the best of them all. Which isn’t saying much since FontExplorer is good but ugly and and all the others are either hideous and unstable or just hideous.

  9. The portrait of the Japanese singer is awesome!

    Thomas Broome’s work was featured in the Illustration Annual from Communication Arts this year. It’s so much better in print!

    The “Who are You Going to be Today, Olive?” book looks so cute! I like the cover, too, John. Good pick.

    Yay! Glad to see NxNW on the Inspiration from Movie Credits by Veerle. I think the thing that was so cool about when it was made is that they didn’t use a computer! Now we might look at it and think “Eh, cheesy. I could’ve done that in like 2 seconds!” I looooove Hitchcock. I wish more directors were like him these days. Everything is so perfectly and aesthetically constructed in his shots and he’s really the epitome of the principle of economy in both the story and the shots. Heh, Thank You for Smoking was a good movie. I guess it’s been too long since I’ve seen it because I didn’t remember the title sequence.

    What is it about letterpress that makes me swoon so? I need some ideas to print now that the Vandy SP15 is up and working! Wooo!! I hadn’t found Typoetum yet. I recently have a new love for the Garamond italic ampersand and that card with the “Give me but one firm spot…” quote is stunning. I love how they show the forms (lockup) next to the cards printed from them. How cool! Such perfect registration on that fleuron card, too. Wow.

  10. Really amazing work byTsang Kin-wah. Very nice letterpress work, and that type video in HD is something else. Good stuff!

  11. As for Font organizing programs I really love Suitcase Fusion. I especially like how it transfers my organized folders over to the Adobe Creative suite. So instead of an endless bar of fonts I have folders broken down by type foundry. So I got my ITC fonts in one (serif & sans serif), my H&F Fonts in another, my TypeTrust fonts in another, and so on and so on. It just keeps everything easy to find. But this Fontcase looks promising.

  12. “Well I would recommend Linotype fontexplorer x, you are gonna fall in love with the app instantly :-)”

    I couldn’t agree more. Fontbook is nice, but Fontexplorer X is more powerful. Plus you can install plugins to auto-activate your fonts.

  13. Love Comalle, another fantastic font - that I admit to using WAY too much (hey it was right for the job) is Bello http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000139

  14. Another vote for Suitcase Fusion. While imperfect, it’s very much good enough for me, and even with the changes it still feels all Suitcasey to me, so the familiarity is nice. I want to play with the type, not the type tool.

    The stability is… funny. The GUI will crap out occasionally, especially when restarting, but it AWAYS saves your preferences, and the type management engine NEVER quits, so you can keep working with whatever is selected, for as long as you wish.

    I tried…. cannot remember, but two or three other commercial products (at least one I /paid for/ not just trials) as well as Fontbook. I have too much type. Over 6,000 faces, without duplicates. They all break or slow down amazingly far just having all those in the library, regardless of how many are open.

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  16. hi
    nice blog…..

    take a look to our Portuguese design blog

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    regars raquel santos

  17. [[oops]]That looks like a gorgeous book. Once upon a time I was a book designer, and it always seems like I’ll do that again one day. And usually it’s gorgeous books on book design that make me want to design more books (maybe design more books on book design).[[/oops]] —darnit, this was supposed to go under a different entry… alas.

    Blessings.

  18. Zavati Vladimir

    PICK ME FOR THE BOOK :P

  19. que buena recopilacion, muy padre
    saludos y los espero en http://www.asiscortes.blogspot.com

  20. hesti rahayu

    hi…i’m from yogyakarta, indonesia.I’m so glad to find this site. I’m a lecturer in Indonesian Institut of the Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts. I love Typography helping me to keep the typography learning stay fresh! Thank you and I love you

  21. Atom

    I don’t get it, where is the free font?

    This is just pictures…

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