Painterly poster type
A set of eye catching and slightly surreal lettering posters by Pawel Nolbert, working in Warsaw, Poland.
He describes this ‘Atypical’ set as half-realistic, half-illustrative figurative sculptures. The colour mixes are brilliant. It’s so strange to see the paint whipping and hovering in the air like that.
Covered in characters
Above are a few of the typographically led book cover designs from the David Pearson exhibition, currently on in London.
I love the ‘redacted’ George Orwell, 1984, cover with it’s debossed title under black ink. I was also quite taken with the chilling cover for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
There’s a week left to go, so if you find yourself in Shoreditch, London before the 28th June, drop in.
David Pearson is an acclaimed British designer, famed for his beautiful series of Penguin book cover designs.
David studied at Central St Martins in London (1999–2002) before taking a job at Penguin Books as text designer and later, cover designer. He left to establish his own studio – Type as Image – in 2007.
David played a key role in the recent re-emergence of Penguin Books through projects such as the multi-million selling Great Ideas series, Penguin by Design and thePopular Classics series. He has won numerous awards for book design, has been listed as one of Britain’s Top 50 Designers by the Guardian and nominated for the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year Award.
Lovely work by Seth Mach of San Francisco. These were hand-patterned and then digitized. I like the ears of wheat. It would be nice to see some more well-recognised plant forms mixed with the abstract shapes.
These are so intricate. You can spot little faces in some of the letters; some obvious, some maybe imagined?
Jan Christian Bierpfaff, Alphabet of organic type from Libellus Novus Elementorum Latinorum, mid 17th century. Via flickr.
This ABC shows masterfully the new Rocaille ornament of the beginning Rococo period. It was designed by the Polish goldsmith Bierpfaff and engraved by his fellow Jeremias Falck.
Nice outline and fill diagram
I just got the BEST book in the world. This fantastic manual isn’t even printed any more. If you’ve seen the @sign_painters documentary, this is from the manual from Butera School of Art. So ready to practice!
Advanced Web Typography
In case you’ve missed them, Elliot Jay Stocks has written a series of excellent tutorials about web typography. His blog posts show you how to improve your typography and layout designs by focussing on new techniques and demystifying the ever-improving technology.
The Advance Web Typography posts so far are:
Elliot, the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit and founder of 8 Faces magazine, will be giving a talk at The Type Directors Club in New York next month to cover the series.
Typography on the web has made huge leaps forward in recent years, allowing web designers to realize their designs with an almost print-like level of control. However, the details surrounding that control can still be challenging, and bleeding-edge technology like OpenType support is still in flux. In this talk, Typekit’s Creative Director and 8 Faces founder Elliot Jay Stocks takes attendees through some of the most exciting recent developments that allow us to take web-based typography to the next level.
Advanced Web Typography: Elliot Jay Stocks
The Type Directors Club,
July 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
I’m transfixed by the level of detail that have gone into these illustrated letters. The little people seem pretty happy in their typographic environments. The designs are from various alphabet projects by Jing Zhang, based in East London.
Hebrew Club Typography
I was keen to show this impressive typographic work by 3rd year visual communication students at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
As part of a “Type as Image” course, the brief was to create three design formats for past Israeli music venues: an A0 poster, 4 A2 posters and 16 flyers.
With no illustration allowed, the students were pushed to create innovative layout and typographic systems that interpret a wide range of musical genres.
I’m unable to read Hebrew but Senior Lecturer, Nadav Barkan, was kind enough to steer me through some of the great work.
Above work (from top):
Itay Weinstock, Ariel Medina, Tal Mani, Denis Kushnir
Available at last, the final issue of 8 Faces magazine.
Eighty-eight pages of in-depth interviews, critical essays, and inspiration from the very best in the type and lettering business.
Here are a few of the vibrant spreads showing the typefaces choices of our interviewees, in the final edition of 8 Faces magazine.
The limited edition print run and will be launching at the Kerning conference in Italy tomorrow, at apporx:
- 09:15 PDT
- 11:15 EDT
- 16:15 GMT
- 17:15 CEST
- 01:15 AEST (7th June)
Here’s another teaser image of the final 8 Faces magazine. The limited edition issue will feature its usual foil embossed motif on the cover, together with some beautiful varnished numerals.
Can’t wait to share the more. Here you can see our list of 8 interviewees.
Out this Friday!
Coming this Friday…
I have the pleasure of announcing that the final edition of 8 Faces magazine will be available to order this Friday, 6th June.
8 Faces is packed with informative articles and interviews with high-profile type people, and this final issue is no exception.
Our 8 interviewees are:
About 8 Faces: If you could use just eight typefaces, which would you choose? 8 Faces is a magazine that asks this question — and many more — to eight leading designers from the fields of print, web, illustration, and of course type design itself.
Eighty-eight pages of in-depth interviews, critical essays, and inspiration from the very best in the business. We pride ourselves on producing a printed magazine that you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf. Our covers are adorned with our foil-blocked silver logo and each issue is an experiment with an attention-grabbing new printing technique.