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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.


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.”

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Those Confounding Maps

Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books – design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is.

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Weekend Heller: Plagiarism, No. Thanksgivanukkha, Si.

If you’re looking for a definition of plagiarism look below and read this story about a ripoff of Louise Fili’s logo for a Texas restaurant, Aventino, from LogoThief. There’s copying and then there’s COPYING. And seriously, if you’re going to copy, don’t do every little graphic flourish.


Dr. Hans Sachs’ Posters for Sale

The recent discovery of lost Nazi looted Modern masterpieces, has brought Hitler’s criminal art activities back to the forefront. Dr. Hans Sachs, poster collector, editor of Das Plakat, the magazine that advocated for standards of early German advertising art, and whose his vast collection was confiscated by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, narrowly escaped the Holocaust. Recently, after years of court wrangling, his holdings, many of which were in major German collections, were returned to his family.


Elegantissima: The Exhibition and The Boudoir

Elegantissima,: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili, the monograph by Louise Fili, is now an exhibition with the same name opening on Thursday, November 21 at The Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College.