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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My Favorite Favoriten

The covers of Favoriten (Favorite) journal were so different as to suggest they were completely different magazines, or at least very different art directors.

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Chalk Talk

Take a look at this vintage chalk packaging, which is an example of what Steven Heller calls "typography parlant."

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Weekend Heller: The Elegantissima Show

Straight from its boffo Farmingdale premiere, the most elegant design exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club next week.

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Speedball: Rolling in Neutral

Letterers go gaga over Speedball ephemera. Speedball textbooks went through many stylistic iterations over the years, but remained -- more or less -- the same. See for yourself.

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Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.

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A Timeless Lost Typeface

Benedictine was designed by Joseph E. Hill in 1915 for Mergenthaler Linotype and introduced in 1917 with this stunning thread bound specimen folder. Read more about this typeface.

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Saucy Signs from Belle France

This 1893 sign catalog by Dequenne & Cie. for their "Plaques Indicatives," including the famous Paris street signs and all manner of enamel door numbers and office signs, holds up pretty well in the 21st century.

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Book Jacket Modernism

Book jackets are a wellspring of graphic styles and often mirror what is going on in the design culture. Here are two vintage examples.