Letters from Newhouse Books
I’ve been following Michael Newhouse’s tumblr blog since around the time it started a couple of years ago.
The illustrator from Montana posts an eclectic mix of items scanned from his bookshelf. Over time there have been some fantastic old characters, a few of which I’ve collected here. Many taken from Signist’s Modern Book of Alphabets by F. Delamotte (1906).
I love these hand-drawn – and in some case quite wobbly – letters and numbers. Note the abundance of drop-shadows used to emphasise each letterform. Click on each to see their origin.
M C Escher inspired 3D typeface
This 3D optical ‘illusion’ typeface has been carefully constructed to be freestanding with the minimum physical structure required. Each still represents the character of its letterform and the whole alphabet is visible when viewed from the same angle.
The sketches look beautifully intricate and were designed by a student (named as “Alice V”) studying on a typography course with Paul Vickers.
How sharp is your type eye?
Method of Action, the people who brought us the Kern type game, have also launched Shape Type, an HTML5 game where you manipulate the bézier curves of letters from famous typefaces, to achieve perfect matching letterforms.
The game by Mark MacKay is well crafted and there’s a way to preview your effort by viewing the shape without the bézier handles and tweet your score.
Mumbai based Sabeena Karnik is a specialist in paper sculpture and has created these wonderful letterforms. Coloured paper is curved and rolled then fixed and photographed in relief.
Spotted on the awesome http://twentysixtypes.co.uk/
These fabulous Letterform designs are by Tiemen Rapati, based and educated in the Netherlands.
"I’ve gone astray experimenting with math & typography. For each specific math subject I try to create a family of type renderings."
"Derivatives: dx/dy type. Along each point of the outline of this [rendering of] Helvetica, a line is drawn according to it’s tangent.”
The Letter Museum (Buchstaben Museum), Berlin.
A museum collecting and displaying vintage signs and letterforms. Looks amazing. Has anyone out there been?
"The Museum of Letters is devoted to preserving and documenting letterforms. We are currently in the process of putting together our permanent collection and are Actively searching out outstanding letterforms and typographic objects that merit preservation."