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Erotica: Award-Winning Spencerian Script

Ever since OpenType sparked an explosion in script typefaces, I’ve been waiting for someone to design a credible Spencerian style font. Maximiliano Sproviero, a young Argentinean in his mid-20s, has done just that with the perfectly named Erotica from Lián Types. The font family has already won an award from the Type Directors Club, which is where I encountered it—and him—earlier this year.

Making an Ampersand

The 2012 Legacy of Letters tour and workshop, led by myself and Alta Price, took place in northern Italy this past July. As in previous years, it was an opportunity for calligraphers, letter cutters, typographers, and anyone else passionate about …

Inside Cyrus Highsmith's New Book, a Typographic Classic in the Making

Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals By Cyrus Highsmith Font Bureau, 2012 Cyrus Highsmith, senior designer at the Boston-based Font Bureau, has written a short book on the basics of typography that, despite its odd approach—or maybe because of it—promises to become …

Michael Harvey's Life of Letters

I have known Michael Harvey, the British book jacket designer / lettercutter / type designer, for nearly thirty years. And I have known his work for far longer, having first discovered it in Erik Lindegren’s ABC of Lettering and Printing …

Book Review: Characters by Stephen Banham

My blog Blue Pencil has become infamous for no-holds-barred critiques of books. This is not a Blue Pencil takedown. Instead, this is a welcome opportunity to praise a book that is exemplary in nearly all respects. The book in question …

A Closer Look at Type@Cooper

Cooper Union and the Type Directors Club teamed up in the fall of 2010 to sponsor Type@Cooper (known informally as CooperType), the first postgraduate certificate program in type design offered in the United States. The extended program*, coordinated by Cara Di Edwardo and led …

The Kerning Game

The art of spacing is one of the most difficult aspects of working with letters. But anyone who works with letters extensively knows that good spacing is often more important than good letters. In “Lettering as a Work of Art”, …