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Weekend Heller: Hey, Want a Type Journal?

Rick Landers and Steven Heller have been producing typographic gifts for the typographically minded professional, student and amateur, and the latest is this handsome Type Journal—part sketchbook, part coloring book, part inspirational repository.

Printing On the Go

Heller talks with Christopher Fritton about his remarkable journey visiting 137 letterpress shops in 819 days throughout the U.S. and Canada, covering 45 states and four provinces. 

Following Tolerance on Its World Tour

The ongoing Tolerance Posters/Billboards exhibition curated by Mirko Ilic is traveling throughout Europe, South Africa and other locales. This past week it appeared all across Ljubljana, Slovenia. Unlike previous shows, the posters/billboards have been placed in different locations around the city.

Lucky Charms and Good Fortunes

Heller talks with Ellen Weinstein about her new book, Recipes for Good Luck (Chronicle Books), which lists the unique practices—from quirky superstitions to performance rituals as well as creative processes—and curious habits of a slew of influential people.

Posting a Letter and Sending a Telegram

Poczta, illustrated by Franciszka Themerso, addresses technical knowledge, but in itself is also an example of '30s avant garde art and design. The book was published thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Weekend Heller: A Dog’s Lives

Over the course of the last year, Michael Gillette drew more than 50 dog portraits. Today, March 24 through April 23, they are exhibited in "Year of the Dog" for the first time at Luna Rienne 3318 22nd St. San Francisco.

Upside Down Equals Trouble

In response to last week's post on the Auschwitz symbol of resistance—the upside-down 'B'—questions were raised whether it was deliberate or stylistic. Here, Heller discusses the evidence.

Haunting Posters

Heller savors everything about the Klimowski Poster Book by Andrzej Klimowski. Klimowski was a product of the Polish poster art tradition yet established his own methods and collagist madness.

G.B. Shaw’s Tailored Jackets

Michael Rossum has been printing small collections of design artifacts for "The Closest Friends of Kat Ran Press" for a number of years. His most recent #7 is Designs on Shaw, a sweet little appreciation of interpretations of George Bernard Shaw's work.