Typography design is a vibrant field in the digital era, with designers creating web fonts, crafting new versions of classics, and delving into everything from hand-drawn type to experimental typography. Printmag experts including Paul Shaw, Steven Heller, and J.J. Sedelmaier provide thoughtful reflections on fonts and typography designers, providing a wealth of inspiration. Interviews reveal the behind-the-scenes artistry of the craft.

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

W.A. Dwiggins Design Daddy

Heller shares an excerpt from his foreword to the new book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design by Bruce Kennett, which provides a history of the polymath who gave breadth to graphic design.

Selected Writing In Tongues

Siglio Press gets Heller's vote for publishing the best books combining avant garde art with graphic design and typography. Two thumbs up for Mirtha Dermisache's Selected Writings.

When Type Was Dry

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Unit Editions, is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system "that revolutionized typographic expression." Hellers talks with Shaughnessy about what was at the bottom and top of that revolution. 

Slab Modernity

These samples from the 1920s featuring Beton, a slab serif designed by Heinrich Jost for the Bauer Type Foundry, evoke a modern aesthetic and industrial sensibility.

When The Old Was New(s)

William M. Patton's Paper and Press Illustrated Monthly provided its audience of printers, binders and affiliated commercial artists a vivid view of the fashionable styles of the day through its editorial and advertising pages.