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 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…

The Three Plakateers

In 1905 the first modern advertising poster was created: bold eye-catching lettering with flat colors; simplified shapes and objects and the composition focused on a central object. The Plakatstil was born. Lucian Bernhard, Ludwig Hohlwein, Julius Klinger: these were the three plakateers who revolutionized the approach to advertising and left a heritage of ideas...

Sign Painting Olympiad

Lettering maven Sam Roberts announces Letterheads 2018: London Calling is bringing the international Letterheads movement to London for the first time from August 16 to19 at the Bargehouse on OXO Tower Wharf, SE1. “These ‘meets’ are typically closed-doors affairs, but the London expo will provide a rare (and free!) opportunity for the public to...

Bosnia And Herzegovinia’s Design Legacy

The third edition of “Museum In Exile: Bosnia And Herzegovina In The Modern Era” by Asim Đelilović, (Buybook Sarajevo) is based on the first 2015 edition designed to represent the visual and industrial arts – a draft of history – of Bosnia and Herzgovina. It addresses the periods when designers made important contributions to...