Typography

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.

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Pre-War European Book Jackets

In the 1930s—an era before marketing committees—European book jacket designers were free to play and experiment.

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Sock-it-to-me!

Stumbling across this advertisement for Onyx Hosiery was a kick. Seeing how randy the sock selection was in 1909 would be entirely stylish today.

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Helvetica: The Backlash

by Brad Ferguson It’s the typestyle you either love or love to hate. Everyone has an opinion about Helvetica. Not surprising. It’s everywhere, as ubiquitous as gravity. Or to quote Erik Spiekermann, “you have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica.” People who may not know much about lettering or graphic design—who may...

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The Man Who Made Kabel

Rudolf Koch, the German calligrapher and type meister, designed about 30 typefaces, the best-known being the expressionist Neuland and modern Kabel.

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The Harper Lee Cover-Up

Steven Heller takes a look at the influences behind the cover of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman."

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Magazines for Soviet Tykes

The folks at Productive Arts have a knack for finding the most interesting Soviet-era journals. Here are two made for children.

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Chicago, Oh What a Poster Town

In the 1960s, John Massey coordinated a suite of posters celebrating Chicago. The designs, once lost to time, are back.