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More Type Tour Photos

More Type Tour Photos John Kwo posted this Flickr set with some beautifully crisp photos from the type tour. Don’t miss some of the great inscriptional lettering to be found on lower Manhattan’s municipal buildings, including these spirited NH and TT ligatures. Over at Villatype, Joe Shouldice has assembled some instructive comments to accompany his photos. […]

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The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript Only if Umberto Eco, Jorge Luis Borges, J. R. R. Tolkien and Will Shortz clubbed together in a moment of wickedness could humanity produce a more vexing object: behold the Voynich Manuscript, a puzzling artifact from the late fifteenth century written by an unknown author, in an unidentified script, in an unknown […]

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Books as Furniture

Books as Furniture Years ago, I walked into a used book store in Chicago, and beheld an astronomically unlikely thing: a run of pristine leather books, each stamped “caslon” in gold letters, each in a typeface of a different vintage. These were type specimen books from the Caslon foundry, and to see them in such […]

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The Guerilla Anagrammer

The Guerilla Anagrammer One of Andy’s photographs features his friend Albert walking before a giant FU on a Williamsburg sidewalk. “The letters used to spell out You Are Beautiful,” Andy explained, “before someone started moving them around the neighborhood…” It reminded me of a similar bit of guerilla anagramming in my neighborhood: a few years […]

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Rocky Mountain Type High (.9186 inch)

Rocky Mountain Type High (.9186 inch) A quick invitation for everyone who’s coming to Denver this weekend for Next: the AIGA Design Conference: Jonathan Hoefler will be speaking on Friday at 2:15, discussing how recent changes in the profession have brought about what might be the end of historical typography, and what this means for […]

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You talkin’ to me?

You talkin’ to me? Thankfully this was published after my cab ride back from the airport, after AIGA Denver: “Whatever design changes befall the yellow taxi, in my mind they’ll forever have checker striping, double headlights, and a rate card posted on the front doors that’s quirkily lettered and reckoned in fractions of a mile. […]

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Greek Week Continues

Greek Week Continues Right on the heels of yesterday’s post about Grecian italics comes this, a reminder that Swing University is back in session. Swing U, a production of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is a terrific series of courses directed by jazz authority Phil Schaap. Design Director Bobby Martin Jr. developed this identity for Swing […]

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My Big Fat Grecian Lettering

My Big Fat Grecian Lettering Greek Week Continues! Making good on his standing promise to rid the world of enamel signs, and warehouse them in the office for our personal amusement, Tobias came across this little bit of heaven in a local antique shop. The full image features a stalwart gent in lederhosen hoisting a […]

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Ode on a Grecian Kern

Ode on a Grecian Kern Greek Week Continues! Like all good New Yorkers, we know how to respond to unattended packages: with deep dread and unbridled panic. Yet despite our daily diet of Orwellian public service announcements, a devil-may-care attitude moved someone at our office to immediately open the unmarked brown paper parcel that was […]

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