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.

Jennifer Morla’s Life In Design

Jennifer Morla’s design is a joyful combination of raw improvisation and energetic discipline. For four decades she has embodied the California sense of chaotic frenzy and personal iconoclasm. It is hard to believe that Morla, who has been honored so many times, has not yet had a monograph. Well, thanks to Letterform Archive’s publication...

Hermann Zapf Bio TK

In the next couple of months Jerry Kelly will be announcing his biography of Hermann Zapf. Kelly is the foremost authority on Zapf and has been working on this for a few years. Although the book will not be printed until next year, it will be announced on Kickstarter this Fall. Well, I can’t...

Weekend Heller: My First and Last Typeface Design

I recently recovered this from the junk heap. It is a yellowing photostat of my first and only typeface design (1969-70). Total folly! At the time I was smitten by art moderne lettering. I called it “Klaus Boobala Bold” because I liked the K and B. I’ve lost the letters S through Z, which...

No Limit On Sketches For The Limited

Paul Rand said he would only show the client one logo idea. Although he always had a few up his sleeve. In fact, he admitted that he often did sketches whether he got the job or not. In 1988 he worked on a word mark for The Limited and logo for TLC Group, a...

The House That Rand Built

Paul and Marion Rand’s quintessential mid-century modern home, designed by Paul Rand and Ann Binkley Rand and built in 1953, is on the market. The landmark home, set in the wooded Connecticut town of Weston, is the epitome of modern aesthetics with a touch of Japanese simplicity, exactly the kind of structure you’d picture...

Typography By Paul Rand

If you live to be 82 as Paul Rand did, you’ll probably have produced a lot of work that gets lost in the shuffle of life. This 1948 issue of the AIGA Journal is one such lost piece that recently surfaced among Rand’s long filed artifacts. Rand was the typographer for the cover and...

Print Is Not Dead Continued

Print still lives and Richard Ardagh of New North Press in London is bearing witness with his limited edition Forme, a typographic exploration of words, language & understanding. This was set in wood and metal type by hand, essay in hot-metal by Harry McIntosh (no pun) and printed letterpress. I asked Ardagh about his...

This Is Not About D. Trump

This thinly disguised, none too complimentary 1932 adumbration of Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini. From the jacket flap: “Future generations will look back at the dictator as the great romantic figure of the postwar age. Yet, here is the first attempt to put such a figure into fiction.” “Romance of a Dictator” is the story...

Weekend Heller: Famous Words In Type

Not Just Eye Candy, Design Work by Frank Baseman is an exhibition of selected letterpress work from Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, Frank Baseman’s three-decade-plus career as a graphic designer. Featured in the exhibition are recent prints combining two of Baseman’s favorite long-term interests: rebuses, those words and images coming together...

Bolts Are Back

Aguinaldo Perrone is an Italian designer who seems to channel the spirit of Fortunato Depero. He recently published an homage to Depero's Bolted Book, tit…