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Month: April 2010

Creating Grand Gargantua

Perhaps nowadays few will know the exact meaning of these two words, but until the middle of the twentieth century a letter was a small piece of lead, and to use it for printing you literally had to move it around, by hand. In the 20th century big machines like the Monotype, equipped with keyboard, were used for typesetting; but until 1900 all type was set by typesetters, by hand. This simple object: a piece of lead with a letter on top, formed the central part of Gutenberg’s invention, back in the middle of the 15th century.

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Molten glass

Beeke & buroRuSt Letters formed from molten glass: More on Flickr. Thanks to @msteeman.

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Hand-painted sign

Damon Styer on FontCast.

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The Vignelli Twelve

We use way too many fonts Though I have the utmost respect for Massimo Vignelli, and am a fan of his work, his we use too many typefaces is just plain wrong. It’s by no means the first time Vignelli has voiced these views. If you have no idea what I’m writing about, then watch […]

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What the iPad lacks

Stephen Coles of FontShop & Typographica reviews iPad typography:

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José Mendoza y Almeida

Dan Reynolds’ review of Bibliothèque Typographique’s first book, José Mendoza y Almeida

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