How a small but growing number of “creative programmers” are changing the face of type.
BY EMILY KING
Everybody Loves Rea Irvin
An accomplished illustrator, man-about-town, and ace designer, The New Yorker’s first art editor made the magazine typeface immortal.
BY EMILY GORDON
Artist Mouneer El Shaarani is devoted to reviving and modernizing Arabic calligraphy—an art form that he thinks is largely misunderstood.
BY ROANNE BELL
The Last Run
Seventy years, three newspapers, three states, multiple languages, hot type, cold type, longtime pressmen, and one mighty press.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
Good Type Gone Bad
Seven type designers tell us what it’s like to see their fonts in unexpected contexts.
INTRODUCTION BY MONICA RAČIĆ
Ancient script, traditional motifs, cuddly cartoon characters—the Beijing Olympics’ iconography is carefully calculated, and in China, it’s everywhere.
BY ADAM MINTER
All of a Piece
Letters—thousands and thousands of them—form the bedrock of the graffiti, commercial, and fine art of Greg Lamarche.
BY CALEB NEELON
Death, Be Not Staid
How personal should a final resting place be? Two memorial designers talk about the brave new world of headstone carving.
BY STEVEN HELLER
Where we’re calling from.
A Lord & Taylor model reminisces.
The Britney Spears Factor, Chicago posters, Bodoni’s ghost, the many faces of T, and more.
Devilish design, mass appear, K-Y—oh my!
The Law of the Letter
Typography has long been a powerful tool in the shaping of nations.
BY JOHN EMERSON
A ’70s debate between two masters illuminates the necessity of a little friction in design.
BY RICK POYNOR
Aaron Rose, co-director and producer, Beautiful Losers.
BY STEVEN HELLER
Vol. 18/no.1 In a 1964 issue, Jan Tschichold revealed why he abandoned modernist sans serifs.
BY MARTIN FOX
Open Range The future of OpenType.
BY ANDREI MICHAEL HERASIMCHUK
Plus: Fontstruct, and Linotype’s flashback.
1000 Music Graphics, by Stoltze Design; Cover Art By: New Music Graphics, by Adrian Shaughnessy; Art of Modern Rock Mini #2: Poster Girls, by Dennis King; Silent Pictures, by Pat Graham
REVIEW BY AARON BRITT
Hall of Best Knowledge, by Ray Fenwick
REVIEW BY BILL KARTALOPOULOS
Signage and Wayfinding Design: A Complete Guide to Creating Environmental Graphic Design Systems, by Chris Calori; Signage Systems & Information Graphics: A Professional Sourcebook, by Andreas Uebele
REVIEW BY ALISSA WALKER
Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier
REVIEW BY STEVEN BROWER
Crass ethnic type has a revealing history and, surprisingly, serves a purpose.
BY PAUL SHAW
BY JAMES GADDY