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Alan Kitching’s Full Court Letterpress

As part of the AIGA Centennial event exhibit in New York kicking off at AIGA on May 1, Monotype is working with London’s Alan Kitching, typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner.

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The Interweb of Fine Faces

Jonathan Hoefler tells Steven Heller about Hoefler & Co’s latest latest font family, Surveyor — an interpretation of engraved map lettering that has been about 17 years in development — and his new web font service Cloud.typography, which draws content from the entire Hoefler & Co font library.

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Show Us Your Stinkin’ Matches

I’ve written about matchbox labels in this space before (see here and here) because it’s incredible that there are so many, so varied and so small. The latter is key. How do you fit so much into such a tiny space?

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Ink n’ Paper

Scouring old design magazines (see my recent book 100 Classic Design Journals) can be an enlightening experience. Not only are the articles roots of graphic design history, but the advertisements, especially for ink-and-paper, provide insight into styles, manners and mores.

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Arabic Type on the Web

Syrian born Otba Mushaweh, who works in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of Type Stage, the first “Arabic” platform that grants website owners the ability to use professional and fast Arabic webfonts (Arabic, Urdu and Persian). Read the interview with Mushaweh.

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Campari Salut!

Campari may be bitter as an aperitivo but its advertising campaigns beginning in the 1920s were tasty, often with an avant-garde air. These are advertisements from successive 1937 issues of Corriere della Sera that stand out on the black-and-white page.

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The Starch Bomb

Explore a pamphlet produced for Muzzy’s starch, which is an example of Victorian design among other things.