About Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw is a letter designer and design historian. He is the recipient of many design awards as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution. He currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts.

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Sem Hartz (1912-95) was overshadowed in his lifetime by Jan van Krimpen, his colleague at printer and type foundry Joh. Enschedé en Zonen in the Netherlands. Unlike Van Krimpen, Hartz was principally an engraver of banknotes and stamps rather than …

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Metroscript

The typefaces issued by Alphabet Soup, the new foundry established by veteran lettering artist Michael Doret, are not your run-of-the-mill fonts. Each of the three initial offerings—Orion, Metroscript (above), and PowerStation—consists of more than a character set. PowerStation, based on …

Graphic Modernism exhibition review

Avant-garde design between the world wars has been endlessly studied, but despite the many monographs, books, catalogues and exhibitions, “Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans 1910–1935,” an exhibition at the New York Public Library with an accompanying catalogue, …

Arno Pro

Designing type can be like searching for gold: Some type designers treat past art movements or pop-culture trends as streams for nugget-panning. Once a particular stream is depleted, they move on to another one. Other designers find a rich vein …

Studio Lettering

Type design is increasingly becoming type programming. Designers such as Ken Barber of House Industries are taking advantage of “smart” type features in programs like InDesign, and expanding the criteria used to activate contextual alternates (ligatures, for instance). A specialist …

Scotch Modern

Scotch Roman, beloved by D.B. Updike and W.A. Dwiggins, was a standard in the typographic repertoire of pre–World War II printers but fell out of favor after the war, supplanted by Bodoni. Nick Shinn of Shinntype has made a bid …