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The Details of Sutnar’s Prague

Ladislav Sutnar’s book design in America is not as well known as those designed while in Czechoslovakia. Here’s a choice example.

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Two-tone Monograms

Monograms and signets are beautiful typographic delights that require a keen design sense and a calligraphic hand. Get inspired by these German specimens from Max Körner’s Das Neue Monogram und Zeichenwerk (c.1950).

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Weekend Heller: Great Illustrations, Fabulous Typefaces, Happy 2014

American Illustration for Sale Following the success of Swann’s first sale of original illustration art, this auction (January 23) features works by Ludwig Bemelmans (below top), Constantin Alajalov (below bottom), Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Al …

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Why the ‘Regional’ Design Awards?

The Regional Design Awards has held a unique place in the market for 33 years as its presentation of winners acts as a geographic snapshot of graphic design in the U.S. View the art from the 2013 RDA’s section openers — a collaboration between Debbie Millman and Maria Popova.

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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.

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More French Medical Fun

Steven Heller finds that the designs of vintage French medical products have a typographic flair that can’t be ignored.

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Ionesco’s Bald Soprano on Rive Guache

The Bald Soprano translated by Donald A. Allen, with “typographical interpretations” by Massin and photos by Henry Cohen was published by Grove Press Inc. in 1965 Walking down a street adjacent and cutting into to Le boulevard Saint-Michel, I found a small theater featuring Cohen’s photos based on Massin’s designs.

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The Gift That Keeps Wood Type From Splintering

Since 1999 Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has succeeded by being a member-supported organization. With their new Initial Public Offering, you can now purchase a share in the museum to help them continue to do what they do. Hear from the Hamilton Wood Type’s director about this new opportunity.

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Rejoicing in Cheap Fluorescent Printshop Printing

Los Angeles’ Colby Poster Printing Company was one of the last great hold-outs of the fluorescent, oak tag, wood and metal type poster printing companies in the U.S. of A. The legendary Hatch Show Print is still, thankfully, around and a few other Kinkoesque ink jet shops continue to churn them out. But Colby had been producing the real thing since 1948 on their Heidelberg Letterset press until closing shop on December 31, 2012.

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FHK Henrion Remembered, Revisited, Regaled

My nominee for the best design monograph of 2013 is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer (Unit Editions). I asked Adrian Shaughnessy of Unit Editions to explain more about the process of creating this significant volume and FHK Henrion who Shaughnessey explains is “the most important British (though German born) graphic designer ever.”