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.

These are so intricate. You can spot little faces in some of the letters; some obvious, some maybe imagined? 

design-is-fine:

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. 

(via ultrasparky)

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,
New York, 
July 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 WeinstockAriel MedinaTal ManiDenis Kushnir

Colourful Typefaces

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:

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  • 16:15 GMT 
  • 17:15 CEST 
  • 01:15 AEST (7th June)
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:
Fiona Ross 
Jeremy Leslie 
Jan Middendorp 
 Robert Slimbach 
Steven Heller
Elliot Jay Stocks 
Pintassilgo Prints (This issues’s design duo) 

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.
High-res

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.

Persian pattern with Arabic script.  A fragment of a passage from the Qur’an. It reads “…the heavens and the earth and it was… 
Iran c.1310.  (at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery) High-res

Persian pattern with Arabic script. A fragment of a passage from the Qur’an. It reads “…the heavens and the earth and it was…
Iran c.1310. (at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery)