Welcome to our monthly roundup of typography, fonts, branding, and graphic design news and inspiration. From Pimp my Wordle and missing webfonts to interviews, must-read books, and design trends — it’s all in the Month in Type.
Font Fashion Week
If you missed January’s Month in Type, then catch up here. But before we get to news in general, we have some pretty exciting news of our own: We’re thrilled to announce our first Font Fashion Week which will take place April 4–8. See our Font Fashion microsite for more details. We’ll be posting a full schedule of events in early March.
Let’s kick off with some typographic and graphic design inspiration. First up, and as I’m an unabashed fanboy of Lauren Hom, here are some more of her typofoodagraphic delights:
A reminder of just how good Mario Degrada’s 1970s covers for Rizolli were:
I’ve also begun pinning his best covers to our Mario Degrada Pinterest board, so follow us there.
For fans of chocolate + type, say hello to Choco Letters:
Wonderful rebrand for Palmer Beverage by Kevin Cantrell Studio. Love the palette and typography:
While you’re there, check out their branding work for Camberwell stationery:
Some cool new posters from Rosetta:
I’m not much interested in awards, but I love this TDC awards certificate from a few years back. Designed by BOND.
Fonts on Things
The second in our Fonts on Things series, our fun way to showcase great typefaces. After the huge success of Fonts on Tape, may we present Fonts on Sardines. Tap or hover to flip the tin and discover which fonts we’ve used.
Not sure how I missed this one. Goes straight to the top of my wishlist: Dr Caroline Archer’s (ed.), John Baskerville: art and industry of the Enlightenment. From the blurb: His typographic experiments put him ahead of his time, had an international impact and did much to enhance the printing and publishing industries of his day.
Steven Heller takes a look at a new book from Allworth Press, The Black Experience in Design, a collection of essays, articles, interviews, and case studies. Essential reading for design students.
Stephen Coles on Milwaukee Transit Passes. Beautifully presented article too:
On the Socials
Must-follow design accounts: The Studio of Gregor Grassi:
Tons of great work and inspiration in Hugh Miller’s Instagram:
Publishing and book design by HK-based Victionary:
Studio Feixen, an independent Design Studio based in Lucerne, Switzerland:
Dutch lettering history, curated by Mathieu Lommen:
Pimp my Wordle
The Wordle Font no one can see. Oliver takes a look at getting your font stacks right, missing webfont files and the word game that everyone’s playing.
Listen & Learn
Olivia Kane interviews Australian design director and type designer, Olivia King.
Featured Free Font
Let’s wrap up this episode with something free and fantastic: Milka Regular is this month’s featured free font. A fat stenciled gem of a typeface from the fine folk at Lettersoup. Download it from the ILT store now.
Thanks for joining me. I’ve now begun adding back issues of MIT here. You might also want to read our other monthly columns: Steven Heller’s Font of the Month, Hot New Fonts, and Featured Fonts. And, if we can do anything to help, just ask. We’re here to help!
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