How A Chimney Influenced A Typeface

Working from several hundred reference photographs of industrial chimney lettering, ornamenting/patterning, and roughly two dozen archival engineering drawings, the Stack fonts were developed to be true to the spirit of the original masonry lettering while also being authentically original.

Helvetica: The Backlash

by Brad Ferguson It’s the typestyle you either love or love to hate. Everyone has an opinion about Helvetica. Not surprising. It’s everywhere, as ubiquitous as gravity. Or to quote Erik Spiekermann, “you have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica.” People who may not know much about lettering or graphic design—who may...

4 Strategic Customized Fonts and Typefaces

When approaching the ideation process for brand identity and logo design, one of the most crucial considerations is the typeface selection. What will be of the best use — serif, sans serif, decorative or script? A typeface infuses your design with emotion and meaning, defining your brand’s identity in every medium, from packaging and editorial...

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.

05/08/2014: The Chicagoan magazine design

Print’s Regional Design Annual judges are looking to discover top talent to be featured in this year’s RDA. Judges include Debbie Millman, Jessica Helfand, Caleb Bennett, Joseph Duffy, Alexander Isley and Michael Vanderbyl. Enter today.     An Issue #1 for a magazine sets the tone for an entire publication and when Undrcrt Inc....

Typecasting the Sixties

Where did all those old style Victorian typefaces that defined the psychedelic Sixties come from? One source was Douglas O. Morgan, who in the sixties assembled one of the most extensive collections in the United States of rare nineteenth century wood type letterforms. The Morgan Press was a rich vein for advertising and editorial...

Today's Obsession: Textify

A lovely little experimental web application, Textify, re-renders any image you feed it as a text version of itself. The app uses the typeface, colors, and scale that you specify to generate the image. Your result: a gorgeous little piece of generative art with historical ties to old ASCII art of the Usenet period.