Typography

This is a lovely short film that tells the story behind the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. Its origins at the beginning of WWII and its rediscovery in a bookshop in England in 2000, becoming one of the iconic images of the 21st century. To find out more about Barter Books, go here.

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In this monotype typeface, designed by Synoptic Office, the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of the English language. Each letter sits in a 6 x 6 inch square, allowing for any combination of letters to run seamlessly both vertically and horizontally. To see more work by Synoptic Office go here.

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Biblio, designed by Jack Curry, is a great solution and a welcome alternative to the already existing, often quite boring looking, bookends out there. A test batch of letters were cut from 16 gauge stainless steel and powder-coated in classic library orange. I hope we can buy this someplace sometime soon.

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Off Book is a PBS Arts web-only series that explores experimental and cutting edge artistic media. This new episode is about typography and how it influences our everyday life. Typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing color, graphics and type. http://www.pbs.org/arts

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Type Fluid is a really intriguing and quite beautiful looking typeface. You can find the complete set of this experimental project, made by skyrill.com, here.

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The LetterMpress app that has been featured on Kickstarter earlier this year, is finally available for download to your iPhone and iPad. I think it turned out really pretty. It’s lots of fun to play with. You can get the app here.

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Elastic Font, a typeface designed by Jenny Kyvik Hutchens, is made of elastic rubber bands stretched around pins. The letters are then vectorized in order to use digitally. For more images go here.

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Here is a little update of Bianca Chang’s work that I have previously mentioned here. I really enjoyed watching this stop motion of her work. It illustrates the precision, quality and beauty of the pieces even better.

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If you are into typography, you might want to have a look at the Fontable table series by the italian design duo Alessandro Canepa & Andrea Paulicelli.

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Unicode is a 33 minute animation by Jörg Piringer, displaying all visible unicode characters, one per frame. Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. I am sure you won’t watch the whole thing, but I thought it was fascinating to see all those letters and sings flashing by. Somehow a tribute to the written language.

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All 26 letters of the alphabet carved into food, fruit, and other edible items. The Book, Typfruitography, is made by Garret Steider. You can find more here.

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Bianca Chang’s letter sculptures consist of 180 hand-cut layers of 80gsm paper. The details are incredible, this must have taken forever. Go here to see the making of.

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Daily Drop Cap is a lovely project by Jessica Hische she started in 2009 in which she illustrates a decorative letter every day. The letters are available for non-comercial use at dailydropcap.com.

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