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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The Art of Per Inquiry Ads

Well, "art" may not be an accurate word, but there has always been a craft to "per inquiry," or coupon, adverts.

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Ned Ryerson Would Be Proud

If you were insured for anything during the early 1900s, you'd get a special bonus: flamboyant typography. Steven Heller looks at the golden age of insurance policy design.

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Commercial Artistry

If you were studying graphic design in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1939, this is what the War Department would suggest you include in your portfolio.

Keeping Everyone in the Loop: 50 Years of Chicago “L” Graphics

A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of how enamored I am of its rapid transit. It’s so much a part of what makes Chicago unique and exciting to me. Chicago is one of those cities with a “sound” to it—San Francisco being another—and the elevated “L” system is the reason why. Much of...

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Fairness for Fontmakers

Steven Heller talks with Peter Bilak about Fontstand, an application that gives users affordable access to thousands of high-quality fonts from some of the world’s most renowned foundries.

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TYPO SF 2015 Conference Recap

Did you attend HOW Design Live 2015? If so, you already know it was better than ever! Help us top it at next year’s conference in Atlanta—join us May 19-23, 2016. By Laura Waxmann Celebrating its fourth consecutive year in the Bay Area, TYPO San Francisco provided the creative community with an unique opportunity...

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Who Did That? And Why?

Ever wonder who designs everyday "stuff"? The stuff that is virtually invisible in plain sight? Steven Heller investigates, starting with Cosmos Combs.

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All Chwast, All the Time

The definitive archive of Seymour Chwast — legendary illustrator and co-founder of Push Pin Studios — is now online.