Type Only Book
Unit Editions, the team who published a gorgeous monograph of Herb Lubalin last year are about to release another book at the end of August, this time focussing on typographic work unsupported by illustration or photography. Identified as a contemporary trend, Type Only explores this influential movement and looks at its roots and development.
…Amongst this stylistic explosion, one trend seems to stand out as uniquely of the moment. It is best expressed by the now defunct British design group 8vo, who said: ‘We believed that typography, the key building block of printed communication, could be the core ingredient of a graphic solution (unsupported by illustration or photography…)’
In the pages of Type Only, we see what happens when designers from all over the world adhere to 8vo’s brave assertion. Some of it is beautiful, some of it is rude and shouty – but it all relies on the naked power of type and type only.
The book features over 100 examples of work selected from designers across the world. There were too many good examples to fit in the book so some of these, plus designs from a current call for submissions, are being added to a growing Tumblr blog. I remember Adrian Shaughnessy, one half of Unit Editions, say on a panel last year “If you want to see current examples of experimental typography, look on tumblr”. Now the team is adding to them.
Today, Type Worship reached a surprising milestone. The blog has gained 100,000 followers on Tumblr.
It’s a surprise because although the subject of typography (& lettering) has been growing in popularity it is; let’s face it, a geeky obsession that can kill a pleasant conversation with the force of a parking ticket typed in Comic Sans.
Still, the rise in appreciation of typography and lettering continues (Read Gerry Leonidas’s thoughts on it’s future). Identifying a single cause of this is difficult but the combination of influencing factors must surely include; the growth of personal publishing, the maturity of web design, the renaissance of letterpress, films like Helvetica the movie and books like Just My Type. Universities are also emphasising typography skills within their graphic design courses, which feeds the cycle with more knowledgeable students. (I’d love to hear other views on this, in the comments). Either way, this can only be a good thing.
It’s also been almost exactly a year since Type Worship partnered with Elliot Jay Stocks’ fantastic 8 Faces magazine which I’d admired since issue #1. After a few chance meetings and a couple of excited phone calls we made it official. I hope you’ll agree that this has helped broaden the blog’s content with exclusives and more involvement from designers and illustrators in the field. There’s plenty more to come so stay tuned!
A very big thank you to everyone that has read, liked, re-blogged, tweeted, reviewed, contacted Type Worship and to Tumblr for their continued support.
Above artwork by recent contributor Mary Kate McDevitt
Type Worship is 2
This month sees Type Worship’s second birthday! Writing about type and lettering plus hunting for those design work gems has been tremendous fun. I had no idea that this blog would prove to be such an enjoyable catalyst for learning about and meeting so many incredibly talented people.
It’s been great to receive such a positive reaction from everyone, especially the community on Tumblr.
To coincide with this, CreativeBloq has published my article, 11 Killer tips for a successful Tumblr Blog, describing how Type Worship grew from a handful of followers and how to ensure your blog Tumblr stands out from the crowd.
Thank you to all those who have followed, liked, reblogged and supported. And thanks to these designers too for use of these twos:
Neon “t” for Tumblr
I spotted this simple, flickering, neon animated gif on Tumblr earlier (I’m as attracted as a moth to good neon letters). I noticed that it had gathered close to a whopping 100,000 likes and reblogs [now over 200,000!]. It’s attributed to vicforprez from California, who specialises in making these animated files.
Type Worship is joining forces with 8 Faces Magazine.
Today, I am incredibly excited to announce that Type Worship is to become the official 8 Faces blog.
This means that in addition to the inspirational typography and beautiful letterforms we’ll also be sharing exclusive content from Elliot Jay Stocks’ coveted typography biannual, featuring mini-interviews with big-name designers, previews of their artwork and sneak-peaks of forthcoming magazine content.
In the last year Type Worship has attracted a staggering 35,000 followers on Tumblr and we’ll continue to publish via their fantastic platform at blog.8faces.com.
Elliot Jay Stocks: "As we were chatting about Type Worship joining the family, everything just kind of fell into place. I’m really, really excited about this partnership."
This announcement coincides with my 400th post for the blog and with so much still to learn and discover—we’re only just getting started!
I’d like to thank all typography and lettering enthusiasts for your continued support.
Type Worship hits 10,000 followers
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has followed, commented, reblogged & ‘liked’ posts since April. Big thanks also to the Tumblr team for supporting Type Worship on the Typography spotlight.
Above Letterpress print by Alan Kitching. See more Alan Kitching posts on Type Worship here:
The TypeWorship blog just hit 2000 followers which is amazing. An enormous thank you to all who’ve followed, commented, replied, reblogged, & liked these past 3 months. It’s been great fun. Above: Letterpress thank you card, Elum Designs
Plucky No.5, Final artwork screen-shot
A quick screen photo of the finished Illustrator artwork. A numbered batch of 20-25 will be printed on A1 size archival paper then sprayed (there are silver and gloss elements) and embossed.
After the limited production is complete I’ll be giving some away here on Tumblr and the Type Worship Facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks.
Thank you Tumblr…
A massive thanks to Tumblr for selecting Type Worship to feature in their Typography Spotlight.
Image: 25th Anniversary book for Channel 4. Alex Trochut, Barcelona, Spain.