Eat me


Candy sculptures made by Massimo Gammacurta, photographer based in New York City. These little sweets are all inspired by the lust for sugar and long tough glazing colorful forms. The letters are mixed with different sweetmeat material which should waters your mouth for more. Enjoy them!

Light lettering

Andy Doig has been creating neon artworks since starting his apprenticeship in 1992.Now, from his own studio, under the arches on the Brighton seafront, he has create a huge portfolio of light-up installations that have been exhibited all over the UK and beyond.

These are pictures from Andy’s art installation Alphabet City which caught my eye on a visit to Brighton earlier this year. I love how the medium’s limitations has forced a range of character shapes and styles (note the outlined ‘i’ and ‘r’ verses the script ‘C’, ‘L’, ‘P’ and serif ‘d’ and ‘n’). It’s also amazing to see what a diverse spectrum of colour is possible.

“The idea came from a 1960’s child hood memory of playing with plastic alphabet building blocks.

None of the letters are recognised fonts, instead we worked to what the glass and space permitted, and of course like all neon it had to flow. During the final installation we began to notice how the colours and letter styles complimented each other.

Each letter has also been placed in a frame painted and gilded using traditional fairground techniques. So, each letter now has elements of light colour, font weight, style, and frame detail. It was fun playing with all these elements.”

Textured Type

I can’t believe that a year has shot past since I met up with Bobby Evans to talk about his highly recognisable poster work and how his much imitated vintage style developed. This week sees the launch of his studio’s reincarnation as Telegramme Paper Co. which maintains its emphasis on screen printed designs and gig posters but has now expanded to include home wares, custom wedding invites and hand-painted signs.

Kate Brighouse has joined Telegramme and the pair’s shared passion for vintage and mid-Century illustration style looks to be very complimentary.

The new designs continue their masterful use of retro colour palettes and ‘off-register’, textured illustration style. I’m of course drawn to the more typographic designs. I think the blend of customised typefaces, textures and imaginative themes still set the bar for this type of Illustration work. 

“With a joint love of fine paper goods and the lost joy of sending and receiving post, Bobby & Kate run the Award Winning Telegramme Paper Co. from their studio in North London.”

Lagom Magazine Launches

I’m pleased to announce that the long-awaited Lagom magazine has finally launched. Many of the team from 8 Faces magazine have been involved in the creation of this new title and it’s been lovingly put together by Sam and Elliot Jay Stocks. 

Lagom is a publication about people making a living from their passions, and pastime activities that offer inspiration Borrowing the Swedish word that represents having just the right amount of something, our bi-annual magazine features those who achieve a sense of balance in their everyday and professional lives.

I’m proud to have written and article in this first edition (about type and lettering, would you believe), and also featured in the debut issue is Erik Spiekermann and a plethora of other people telling their stories of how they earn a living by doing what they love.

Lagom is printed on thick, uncoated stock, with a foil-blocked cover — 128 pages of inspiration that you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf.

Where to buy: You can buy Lagom directly from the website (they ship internationally) and it is stocked in shops all over the world. See the stockists.

Jessica Svendsen Interview

I was recently poring over some of the typographic posters for the Yale School of Architecture, a series that Michael Bierut has been designing since 1998. On some of the recent designs I noticed another name appearing in the credits: Jessica Svendsen. Looking further I saw the work on Jessica’s site… and wow! I got in touch and to find out more.

What did you do leading up to working at Pentagram?

Before joining Pentagram, I spent eight years studying and working at Yale University. I first received a BA in English Literature and then a MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art. Within a week after commencement, I moved to New York and started working for Michael Bierut.

How long have you been there and what have been the highlights so far?

I have been a designer at Pentagram for a year and a half. Since I first arrived, I have been fortunate to design the Yale School of Architecture posters with Michael. As a student, I admired and avidly collected the poster series—I managed to collect over forty posters during my tenure there—so I am still dumbfounded and thrilled that I now design the series.

Is there a usual process you follow when starting a new design project?

My process is content-driven, so I eagerly respond to projects where I can geekily engage with the content. For these projects, design is interpretive. It is analyzing the content, distilling an idea or concept, and then making it visual. While I gravitate toward projects that are deeply referential, that are embedded with layers of meaning, I ultimately become preoccupied with the affective qualities of the visual form or typography. 

In terms of format, I am drawn to projects that function at a display scale (from a poster to a physical installation) and that play with sequence (from a film to a website).

What is like working with Michael Bierut at Pentagram?

Michael is one of the best bosses in the profession, and he is the real reason why I am working at Pentagram. He is a master at crafting persuasive strategy, sequencing a narrative arch, and communicating ideas. Given his encyclopaedic knowledge, it is remarkable to watch him empathize with any given project or client. 

Michael also generously trusts each of the designers on his team. Typically, each designer is independently responsible for their own client list, which means one designer may oversee an entire project from conceptualization to execution. Consequently, the design process is exceptionally efficient and each designer has a deep ownership of the work. The structure allows us to each engage with different types of clients, and to navigate and adapt the design across a wide range of formats. 

What does the future hold for you?

Purely virtual work. Designing a physical space. Directing a film. 

Image credits: Jessica Svendsen, Michael Bierut and Pentagram.

Composition for the Times
This typographic layout in honour of Stanley Morrison really caught my attention. A clever composition by Pedro Arbeláez in Columbia which harnesses scale and contrast to devastating effect. Look at that ‘A’ continuing the angled stroke of the ‘R’.
I’m compiled some other typographic layout examples on Pinterest and more will  follow here with an upcoming interview with Pentagram’s Jessica Svendsen. High-res

Composition for the Times

This typographic layout in honour of Stanley Morrison really caught my attention. A clever composition by Pedro Arbeláez in Columbia which harnesses scale and contrast to devastating effect. Look at that ‘A’ continuing the angled stroke of the ‘R’.

I’m compiled some other typographic layout examples on Pinterest and more will  follow here with an upcoming interview with Pentagram’s Jessica Svendsen.

Alphabet post by Dribbble

Today Dribbble got in touch with me to say that they had posted one of my shots along with a number of other Type and Lettering examples. They’ve collected together this beautifully presented sample of designs below, I feel lucky to be included.
imageAnders by Tom Anders

imageRidewell by Kostas Bartsokas

imageGood News Sans by Kyle Wayne Benson

image In-progress typeface by Jamie Clarke (That’s me!)

imageUni Sans by Fontfabric

imageNITRO by Hoefler & Co.

imageBrix Sans by Hannes von Döhren & Livius F. Dietzel/HVD Fonts

imageArkiv by Timo Kuilder

imageMulti Headline Black Italic by Laura Meseguer

imageRetiro by Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie)

imageCompanion League by Gumpita Rahayu

imageShelley by DJ Sherman

imageAmsterdam Superstar by David A. Slaager (Fonts of Chaos)

imageAmpleSoft by Aakash Soneri

imageVoltage by Laura Worthington


imageLet It Roll by Jillian Adel

imageTypeLimited 001, part of Joseph Alessio's TypeLimited project

imageThe Brush Letter by Ken Barber

imageJust Have Fun! by Scott Biersack

imageCaptain Josh Hill by Claire Coullon

imageSomeThing unused by JC Deserve

imageHumble Pie Type by Danielle Evans

Will Letter For Lunch by Lauren Hom

imagePractice Makes Perfect by Becca Clason

imageKingdom by David Grimes

imageWonderful Rejects by Melissa Ginsiorsky

imagebuncha hand drawn words by Lauri Johnston

imageSmooth by Jessica Libby

imagefull by Frances MacLeod

image Guilty Pleasures by Anna Ropalo

imageWednesday by Stephanie Schlim

imageSalvage Press printer’s mark by Signal Type Foundry

imageRegular Display weights finished by Neil Summerour

imageHandlettered Logotypes 3 by Mateusz Witczak

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imageChalk Lettering by Valentina Badeanu

Uninspiring Posters

As an amusing antidote to the sickly sweet inspirational type posters that seem so ubiquitous London based letterer, Linzie Hunter, has created this poster set that celebrates the mundane.

Linzie’s lettering featured on this blog a year ago. Take a look at her playful lettering here