Sunday Type: inspiring type

Another busy week, and a later than usual Sunday Type. Owing to work commitments that have a habit of intefering with iLT, those articles I promised will be posted, though a little later than scheduled. Several big articles are on their way: the fifth part in the History of Typography series, a personal piece on Why Type Matters, a couple of interviews, and the Combining Type article that outlines how to combine serifed typefaces with sans serif ones. In the meantime, here’s something to inspire you:

First up is some lovely lettering from Russian Maxwell Lord:

Maxwell Lord

Stunning photography from Steve Leadbeater:

A lovely poster for the Raking Leaves exhibition in Berlin:

Work of Andrio Abero:

These wonderful creations from Bath-based Ice House Design:

Typigraphy. Brilliant. Thanks to Richard Spencer Davies for the heads up.

These are very, very clever:

Not sure what to call them, but Kanjiograms sounds good to me. From Connecting the Dots (Japanese).

Extensis’ followup to Brave Font, Max Kerning. You’ll either love it or hate it:

A series of wallpapers (who knows, perhaps one day they will become t-shirts or screen-printed posters), where I show you some of my favourite letterforms:

Why not join the My Favourite Letters Flickr Group and show me yours.

Keetra Dean Dixon:

Via notcot.

I’ve mentioned the work of Oded Ezer several times before. Michael Bierut called him “[the] master of inventive Hebrew lettering”:

from his Typoplastic Surgeries series.

Sunday links

MyFonts Rising Stars
Pricing tables showcase
Frilly bits typographic inspiration—thanks, Alec.
Jean François Porchez’s Type History, part 2
Interview with Lucas De Groot
Hangul, the world’s most perfect script—H&FJ

New fonts

First is Recovery, a single weight display sans, from James Puckett. Released via TypeTrust:

new font: Recovery from James Puckett

Next is Montague Script by Stephen Rapp, a gorgeous contemporary script:

Free things

Don’t forget to get your copy of the Font Magazine, free from FontShop. Just sign up (it’s free and easy), and you’ll get some great type, sitting proudly on its favourite substrate—good old paper.

Quicksand (seven fonts), from Andrew Paglinawan:

The link to the fonts is in this Typophile thread.

Prizes

Darren Marshall of ampertee has kindly offered one of his t-shirts as a prize.

To be in with a chance of winning one, name the typefaces that these two S’s are taken from:

Send your answers via the contact form. I’ll choose a correct entry at random, and announce the winner next week.

I’m only about a third of the way through my list of things to post this week, but it’s back to work for me. I will try to post more during the week. Have an inspiring, productive, and happy week. And, on a light note, this has to be the ultimate pet name.


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  1. amazing as usual johno! thanks!

  2. Recovery: interesting figures and comma. :)

  3. Recovery is lovely, and your new Flickr group is, as they said 20 years ago here in the US, the bomb. (That’s a good thing.)

  4. I’m loving those re-invented kanji! They might even help with my Japanese studies…

    As always, beautiful typography and images! Thanks!

  5. Jongseong Park

    Thanks for the Hangul link from H&FJ. Last week, on the 9th, we celebrated Hangul Day here in Korea. A couple of quality free fonts for Korean were released to mark the occasion; more on this soon, I promise.

  6. I hate to be That Guy, but how is Recovery different from Eagle?

    I see in the About section that it’s a “reinterpretation” but it doesn’t seem at all different to me.

  7. OK, I’ll answer my own question in an attempt to look less like That Guy. There’s no lowercase, but small caps instead, which is cool. Some of the horizontal strokes like on the Z and T are slightly flared, which is also cool. Finally, it’s cheap, which is very cool.

  8. Maxwell Lord is extremely talented. Great stuff!

  9. Good stuff this week, that Max Kerning is a riot. Those posters by Andrio Abero are really good. I love the style and look them. Good stuff :)

  10. Good stuff this week, that Max Kerning is a riot. Those posters by Andrio Abero are really good, I love the style of them. The iLT header looks sexy set in Recovery, I’m curious to see if James Puckett will make a full font family with this. That “G” is really unique.

  11. I love the Maxwell Lord piece. And the Abero Umbrella poster is just great!

  12. Another great Sunday type! I especially enjoyed the Max Kerning, what a laugh it was :)

  13. cool stuff!

    you guys ever think of doing T shirts?

  14. Ok, I’ve uploaded my very first typographic wallpaper to the Flickr group. I like seeing what others have contributed, as well as your own, Johno. You have a real gift for great design; everything so perfectly aligned and balanced. Love it! It’d be great to see more of your work :D

  15. Lauren
    Thanks for contributing. Most of the time, it’s a happy accident, and, for that kind of illustration, I always divide the canvas into five, both horizontally and vertically (then align approximately to the resulting grid). I think it’s time I caught up on your blog

  16. Fortunately for you, there’s not a whole lot to catch up on :P I haven’t been publishing regularly lately. Stressful and uninspiring work situation has left me unsure what to write about (except finishing up the principles of design, but I need lots of time for those). Well, “this too shall pass” right? :)

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