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.

The Power of the Number in Typography

Are you a bit of a typography geek like us, and love all the insider details of what goes into a great design using the ever-mutable raw material of letters and numbers? Well then get ready for a most enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at designing with type and the use of numbers in this free...

Rough, Rough, Rough

In the age of comp drawing Don May was the rough trader. He was an art and layout consultant with Hoskinson, Rohloff and Associates, and worked for dozens of national clients, including Abbot Laboratories, Hart Schaffner and Marks, Sears Roebook, and the Chicago Daily News. He was a layout machine and layout man’s layout...

Tony Di Spigna: Fifty Years A Letterer

Veteran master letterer Tony Di Spigna has an exhibition, “Imported From Brooklyn,” now on view at The Grace Gallery organized by the Communication Design Department, New York City College of Technology, where he will be donating his archive to City Tech and it will become the department’s first permanent collection. I spoke to Douglas Davis,...

Lustful Lucian’s Luscious Letters

Lucian Bernhard was a master of many arts. He is less celebrated for his poster than his typefaces, but while he was in Germany and later (after the Nazis banned his work) in the United States he produced cases of them. Bernhard had developed typefaces for Flisch and Bauer Type foundries in Germany, including...

Weekend Heller: Igarashi’s Frenetic Alphabetics

Takenobu Igarashi monumentalized type and typography when most of us were still living in Gutenberg’s shadow. With his unprecedented 3D type, Igarashi created an even larger shadow that brought the old world together with the future one. Announcing through Volume, a crowdfunding platform, and produced in collaboration with Igarashi a new book “A to...