the week in Type: good type

I hope that my American readers had (or are having) a wonderful Thanksgiving. The winner of the Ugmonk t-shirt give-away is at the end of this post, in addition to a special offer for iLT readers. Lots of type goodness today, so let’s get started with …

some lovely letterpress, and a pretty web site. Wilkintie:

Birthday cakes with a typographic twist, from Suck UK:

Via deathbykerning.

Art of Music from Museum Studio:

Thanks, Blake.

A great screen-printed calendar. Unfortunately it’s sold out. However, perhaps if they receive enough requests, they’ll consider another print run:

Thanks for the heads up from inspirationbit on twitter.

Posters from Jean Widmer, via Aisle One:

Kyle Bean:

Thanks, Lauren.

Another fantastic illustration from Kevin Cornell for A List Apart:

The End, a collection of film end titles:

Some humour from Hamish:

Also available in 1920 × 1200 and 1024 × 640 for your desktop.

From TypeSites, a review of the beautiful Good:

Some great type and lettering photos from Depression Press:

Nice work from Studio Punkat:

But sadly one of the most annoyingly frustrating web sites you are ever likely to visit. Fortunately, there’s a Studio Punkat Flickr page.

A great little (out of copyright) book found on

You can literally flip through the book on issuu.

Nice cover from Danny Goldberg:

Again, nice work, but when will designers start creating accessible sites‽ Sorry, Danny.

New fonts

New styles of Whitman & Whitman Display:

Several new types from Sudtipos:
First is Angelus


and Paz:

A good collection (aggregation) of type-related RSS feeds from Alltop:

Type links

Helvetica and the New York City Subway
Quantum of Solace location cards [via]
“T” towel
Behind the Obama logo
sIFR revision 436 (download)
Paris Métro Style
Letter Love-Silk Batik Scarf
Font Meta Karaoke
Font of the year

An interesting experimental type from Manolo Guerrero. Optica normal:

Manolo’s site is written in Spanish, but here’s a link to an English version (via Google translate)

Ugmonk t-shirt winner

Thanks to all who took part. I will pass on your recommendations to Jeff at Ugmonk. So, the winner is Alain Boisvert who wrote that he’d like to see an ë emblazoned across an Ugmonk t-shirt. Alain, I’ll pass on your mail address to Jeff, so you should be hearing something soon.

And here’s one of the latest offerings from Ugmonk:

For iLT readers there’s a special deal: 12% discount for any Ugmonk t-shirt; just enter the code ILTGIVE at checkout. This code is good from Wednesday, November 26 through Wednesday, December 10. Happy shopping.

I’m hoping that I can spend more time on iLT in December. I have many articles to finish writing, including Part 5 of the Type History series, The coming of the sans; the lengthy Why type matters; and a list of 100 of my favourite typefaces; and lots, lots more.

And finally …

I wonder whether anyone can name the typeface used for this article’s masthead? Vague hint: it hasn’t been released yet.

Those posters from Joseph Mueller (including casanova) will arrive any day now, so I’ll be giving some of those away to previous commeters. I had something of a Spring Clean (in November), and found a number of posters that I just don’t have the wall space for. I’d love to hang on to them, but I’d rather they grace your walls, than sit in their tubes indefinitely. The first one I’m — reluctantly — giving away is Coudal’s Field Notes screen-printed poster (18″ × 24″):

Who wants it? Quick, before I change my mind :)

Hope you enjoyed this week’s the week in Type. Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. Wow, I have the privilege of being the first to commend your (proper) usage of the interrobang in the Danny Goldberg section.

    I think I’ll go remap my caps lock to that right now. Actually, it would only end up replacing my blatant overuse of ellipses on twitter.

    Thanks always for my type fix. I’m gonna start calling you the Mother Superior of Typography. (actually not)

  2. Bob
    Well spotted. Kind of a pity that Georgia doesn’t have an interrobang. Remappping unused keys is always a great idea. I should have a little article on that — creating a typographic keyboard. Thanks, Bob.

  3. jegHegy

    Me me me! My walls are blindingly white.

  4. datha

    Well, I wanted to write a similar comment as jegHegy. But now that I see it, it looks a bit needy…

    What the hell:

    Me me me!


  5. I’ll put up my hand for the poster - I’m on a mission to cover my bedroom walls entirely with interesting posters, postcards, and anything else, so it’d fit right in. I’m also only about 35% done, so I always need more things to stick on it.

    It’s actually quite interesting to see how all the posters interact with each other - they’re all right next to each other or overlapping, which tend to create some fun visual contrasts.

    And I assume the ‘interrobang’ is the question-mark cum exclamation mark?

  6. M72

    That poster is cute. I believe it would make a wonderful christmas gift for m bro. I simply think that beautiful things should be shared rather then kept for yourself.

  7. logotasarimcim

    nice work… good tipografi art

    It’s actually quite interesting to see how all the posters interact with each other..

  8. Russell
    Bingo! I’m impressed! It is indeed Calluna from Jos Buivenga.

  9. Russel, that’s amazing! I’m impressed too!

    Thanks for having me in the masthead, Johno.

  10. Optica is very interesting, it´s like hidden but clear enough to be read.
    I’d like to have one of those posters.

  11. Thanks, looking forward to that one. Nice work.

    I apologize for the broken link, I didn’t have enough pennies to renew my domain, but it should be working soon.

  12. Doctor

    Johno, you got me all excited, using Calluna in the masthead. I thought I would scroll down the page and see an announcement of its release. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

  13. Really nice Poster Johno! I’m having the same trouble as you (posters piling up in their tubes), but I’m afraid my walls are barren. I don’t have enough money to frame them all. I promise to start soon though!

    Oh, and I think you spelled “Sudtipos” wrong. Feel free to edit my post and fix the spelling before Ale or one of his posse show up.


  14. I completely LOVE this site & my ilovetypography widget! Thank you for the continued inspiration. Just whipped up some typography for my store this morning. You can check it out here . I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY!!!

  15. Lynda is a pretty font. For some reason it reminds me of a new, very clean city with tall skyscrappers. Weird, yes I am :-)

  16. I would love that poster. I have someone in mind who it would make a perfect gift for.

    Optica Normal: Holy cow. That hurts, but I like it!

    Art of Music…very nice, even to a tone-deaf fellow like me.

  17. Alain

    Hurray ! Hurray !
    Quite happy to have won the t-Shirt.
    I have now broken my 17 year long drought of never winning anything !

    I really enjoy your site.

    Thank you.

  18. I love the No Longer Friends wallpaper!!

  19. Barbara Abbes

    i want that posterrrr!

  20. Loved the Musical notes and the cardboard typography. Thanks for the great roundup.

  21. Great post as usual - made my day that much better…. :D

    And that poster at the end looks mighty fine!

  22. Thanks i love typography

  23. emily

    I’m quite fond of the rather adorable poster, but I’m certain that whoever ends up with it will also be quite fond.

    I’d like to point out a small typo - there is a “Fortunatley,” almost right before the Studio Punkat Flickr link.


  24. i’m sorry about my web site.


  25. Darn! Russell beat me to the punch with the masthead, oh wells. Really good post John. I was checking out the GOOD website recently too. I did a post on my blog about their “GOOD sheets” found in local Starbucks. Some really good stuff in there. I really need to get my hands on those Ugmonk shirts.

  26. Great roundup again, John! Thank you especially for featuring my Helvetica/Arial image, it came in a burst of random inspiration the other day, and I couldn’t pass it up, haha!

    Looking forward to all the fantastic posts coming up. Cheers!

  27. Ben

    Wow. That poster is gorgeous. I can’t imagine giving it up, but glad you are!

  28. Have noted the names of those whose lives would be a meaningless void of nothingness without the poster :) I will add that this poster is not one to be tacked to the wall with drawing pins. It’s a beautiful, limited edition screen print, and deserving of a frame.

    Thanks. Fixed now.

  29. Oliver

    I would love to have that poster.

    My walls are screaming for some beautiful poster to break up that vast expanse of white. :(

  30. reK1NDLE

    Horray for exljbris!

    Anyway, I’ll put in my vote for the poster!

  31. Always good pictures and typefaces. Ty

  32. oh, i love the depression press sample; reminds me of how my upper secondary school teachers in fine art professed that you should never use more than three typefaces on one page, yet in pre-1950s newspapers, advertisements etc. you always find a multitude of serif, sans-serif and even more elaborate fonts.

  33. Chloe

    That poster and I were meant to be.

    Also, I want to say that I love this website. Tasty new typography morsels every week to brighten my day-in-and-day-out student routine!

  34. Gina

    *raises hand for poster*

  35. Looks as though many of you want the Field Notes poster. Perhaps, to be fair, I’ll choose someone at random; and will announce in the next post. Thanks for all your comments.

  36. Was very surprised to find our project on ILT today.

    Thanks for linking up Wilkintie, we are very proud of this project and put a lot of love into the website. It’s nice to have it be appreciated.

  37. __k

    I love the Lynda and Paz fonts by Ariel.
    found it @

  38. Am I still on time to be eligible for that great poster? I don’t know what I like best, the typography or the reading part…

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