Get on the Speedball

There is nothing like a Speedball pen nib for the ease of making fluid, swirly and blocky letters. They were popular in 1933 when the Speedball Text Book was on the market (the one above is the 12th Edition); and …

Five Questions With thx thx thx's Leah Deiterich

Like most daily web sites that cater to a specific audience, Leah Dieterich’s thank-you note blog thx thx thx first captured my attention for a variety of personal reasons: For one, I too, love to write thank-you notes—and have for …

Embroidery Typography

Sometimes the best typography books are not typography books. Embroidery type design from the book, A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers by Elsie Svennas. Download a PDF at Public Collectors, go to the park and draw letters all weekend. I …

Today's Obsession: The "The" Project

Monsieur Robb Ogle of Ontario (that’s near downtown Canada, for the Americans) gives us a novel little thing, The “The” Project. This is pretty much what you’d expect—a gallery made up of the word “the,” lettered variously. All pre-digital, too!

Today's Obsession: Minimal Graffiti

Over at Coolist, there’s a little gallery of some of the hottest graffiti I’ve seen in ages. The artist’s name is CT, and he tags like whoa. The work is minimal, tinged with op and pop, and meshes just beautifully …

A Hotel Where the Writing Is on the Walls

I’m speaking at the OFFF Festival this weekend and staying at a hotel in Paris (20th Arr.) near Père-Lachaise called Mama Shelter, designed by Philippe Starck. Writing on the walls is not allowed, because all the ceilings, rugs, mirrors, elevators, …