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The Lion of Typesetting: Linotype

Frank Romano’s History of the Linotype Company (RIT Press) is as exhaustive as setting Linotype was exhausting in the hot metal days. But it is also a splendid chronicle of this lion of the typesetting field.

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The Very First Principle of Typography

Stanley Morison, designer and historian of printing, design of the Times New Roman typeface (1931) and other historical revivals wrote First Principles of Typography in 1929. Take a look inside this book.

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Early Chwast

It is always fun to look at the early work of great artists and designers. Here is Seymour Chwast from 1961 when he worked in linocut.

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My Favorite Favoriten

The covers of Favoriten (Favorite) journal were so different as to suggest they were completely different magazines, or at least very different art directors.

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Chalk Talk

Take a look at this vintage chalk packaging, which is an example of what Steven Heller calls “typography parlant.”

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Weekend Heller: The Elegantissima Show

Straight from its boffo Farmingdale premiere, the most elegant design exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club next week.

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Speedball: Rolling in Neutral

Letterers go gaga over Speedball ephemera. Speedball textbooks went through many stylistic iterations over the years, but remained — more or less — the same. See for yourself.

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Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.