The Week in Type

It has been a while since my last roundup, so buckle up. For those interested, I recently moved 4322.8 km (2686.06 miles) from my home in Japan to my new home in Vietnam. After nine wonderful years in Japan, it was time to move on. The other day I read an interview with my friend and too-infrequent chess partner, Oliver Reichenstein, who pretty much describes my own feelings on reaching Japan.

Arriving in Japan without any knowledge of the language, I lived in a world without words, where, almost like a baby, I had to learn everything from scratch. I think the experience of being illiterate and then slowly growing back into society has made me a better designer. When you can’t read or write and you need to interpret everything you encounter by deciphering visual clues, you begin to understand how things and people function behind the words…it was a magnificent training in basic interface phenomenology.

I felt the very same way coming to Japan, and feel the same kind of naive wonder as an ‘illiterate’ newcomer to Vietnam. That’s quite enough about me; let’s move on to more important matters:

Rather than wear your heart on your sleeve, why not wear some of these — wherever:

See all of the ‘typographic’ Tattly.

An enormous and beautiful collection of Viennese Façades:

Via @swissmiss

New fonts

Thema from Typonine, the beautiful un-stenciled version of Typonine Stencil. I can see these two teaming up particularly well for editorial design.

Idlewild, a new all-caps sans from H&FJ:

TypeManufactur’s wonderful revival of Georg Salden’s Daphne typeface of the same name:

Replete with numerous alternate glyphs and calligraphic swashes. Related: An interview with Georg Salden over at Typeradio.

Following up on the huge success of Pluto, Pluto Sans:

Atlas Grotesk by Kai Bernau, Susana Carvalho, and Christian Schwartz of Commercial Type:

The delicious Filmotype Zephyr from Ale Paul:

Inspired

Really enjoyed Stephen Coles’s Chromeography talk for Creative Mornings:

Creative Morning Berlin #10: Stephen Coles from CreativeMornings/Berlin on Vimeo.

And be sure to visit chromeography.com

Celebrating 40 years of Pentagram. Beautifully done:

The Forty Story from Pentagram on Vimeo.

Support Uppercase Magazine’s crowd-funded homage to the typewriter, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine.

Spirograph, the animated typeface:

Spirograph Promo from Animography on Vimeo.

More about the project at animography.net

Erik Marinovich’s work is brilliant:

Nice use of Kris Sowersby’s Karbon Slab Stencil for bar and tea shop, Leaf on Bold St.

Still some of Seb Lester’s So Much To Do prints available:

Thoroughly enjoying Nina Stössinger’s type sketches — a number of them based on TypeCooker recipes:

Type sites

The brilliant resource that is Fonts in Use is now open to the public. Now anyone can now add to the archives. What are you waiting for you?

Lovely redesigned portfolio site of Jean-Baptiste Levée:

Gridset app is looking very good. Be sure to sign up for the beta.

Some good work from the Type & Media Masters students, class of 2012:

Experiment with and combine over 23,000 web fonts with the Typecast app.

Frank Blokland’s blog accompanying his PhD research at Leiden University. Harmonics, Patterns, and Dynamics in Formal Typographic Representations of the Latin Script:

Type books

I have high hopes for this book, and have ordered two: Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals, a new title from Cyrus Highsmith.

Perhaps it could become the typography primer. Read Paul Shaw’s review over at Print Mag.

In roughly 100 spreads, Highsmith explains the fundamentals of typography by focusing exclusively on one thing: white space. — Paul Shaw

A new book from a brand new publisher: Lazy Dog offers Luca Barcellona’s Take Your Pleasure Seriously for pre-order. Books ships in October.

And it looks as though Codex magazine had a small part to play:

I had been following Luca Barcellona for a couple of years, ever since I’d discovered him, almost by chance, online; I was struck by his hand and its expressive, determined naturalness.
Each new work fascinated me more and more. And then, late in the spring of 2011, I bought the first issue of Codex, a new American [sic] typography magazine that featured an interview with him as well as a piece of his on the cover. When his interviewer asked if he’d ever thought about publishing a book of his work he replied that, to date, he hadn’t received any good offers…
That’s when lightening struck, and I realized that was the road I had to take.

Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilić:

Bookmarks

Issue #2 of Codex magazine is coming next month (August). We have settled on a twice a year publishing schedule. Issue #3 will be available in March 2013.

Sign up to the infrequent newsletter to learn more.

ILT will be five years old come August 8. How shall we celebrate? Any favorite or memorable moments?

Hope you enjoyed this edition of the week in type. Have a stupendously great weekend.


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  1. Soo

    Loved it, as usual. Thank you :)

  2. So inspiring!! Love all those new fonts. =)

  3. Just found this website today. What a valuable resource, great information. Great article.

  4. Ilmari

    The app is TypeCast, not FontCast.

  5. johno

    Ilmari:
    Fixed.

  6. Fantastic post!!! loved the story and the new fonts are great! really appreciated!

  7. A.Andres

    I’ve just started typography recently after my grandfather gave my a pen a asked me to learn to write as his father did so i started looking up for places to learn to do such a thing and thanks to the web i found this site, completely dedicated to typography, so with that in mind i find it really impressive to create a whole new font, and something i’ll like to try to do sometime in the future so thanks for the post and the introduction to the practice.

  8. Adam

    Another great Week in Type! I am really glad you linked to the Oliver Reichenstein interview, as it somes up everything I currently feel about Japan as well. Falling in love with Tokyo rather than Japan isn’t something I thought many others felt and his view on the state of software and web design in Japan is spot on.

  9. Adam

    Oh great, I wrote “somes” instead of “sums”. Great first comment!

  10. I love the type face in the first image (the one where all the letters are connected by a single line). That is just the type font style I was looking for, I think it will look really elegant wrapped around the top of a bottle as the letters are just so beautiful and simple. Thank you this will really make my unit 3 project stand out.

  11. I can’t imagine living in Japan and not being able to communicate with anyone. I would go crazy. I’m impressed you were able to learn the language. It’s no walk in the park. Mind you Japanese people think English is very hard to learn. Do you miss Japan at all? How is Vietnam treating you?

  12. Japan is magnificent counrty. Your article remember me about my journey…Thanks!

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