Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.

The good people at Rizzoli have recently republished an incredible vintage type foundry catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography. Fans of type, and especially connoisseurs of vintage wood type will absolutely love this beautifully printed time-capsule, which allows us to peer back 150 years into the unique and ornate offerings of William H. Page’s Connecticut wood type foundry. In addition to the wonderful typefaces and classic designs, the original author sampled rather odd words, as specimens of the lettering, such that the text can be viewed as humorous and strange experimental poetry. This edition reproduces all 102 pages of the original book. The hefty hardcover title measures 13 x 9.75 inches, and is sure to impress. [See More]

JUNK TYPE

 Junk Type: Typography – Lettering – Badges – Logos by Bill Rose, is new from Universe Publishing this month. The author is a Minneapolis-based photographer, whose work focuses on documenting vintage Americana, such as neon signs and industrial objects, through his website Recapturist. He puts his unique skill set to work here, capturing incredible examples of postwar American typography and design, by scouring junkyards, yard sales, antique stores, and all the other places that modern-day treasure hunters look to find little bits of vintage magic. He presents 400 images, which tell a visual story through the distinct typography, icons, badges, and branding of America’s industrial heritage. This is an invaluable design/inspiration trip down memory lane, peppered with beautiful Art Deco style fonts, incredible handmade cursive lettering, early industrial logos, eventually moving into cleaner graphic logos of the ’60s. Without the work of Bill Rose, some of these memories might be lost. [Read More]

The Golden Secrets of Lettering

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at lettering, then The Golden Secrets of Lettering: Letter Design from First Sketch to Final Artwork by custom lettering & typography master Martina Flor would be an ideal starting place. The lovely new hardcover title from Princeton Architectural Press includes easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, covers a wide array of tools and techniques, with beautiful examples of hand sketches, and over 300 illustrations in all. Flor deftly demonstrates how to transform these initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into incredible works of digital lettering. And then, the Berlin-based career lettering artist explains how these creations can be sold and published, with tips on things like showcasing and pricing your work, and how to handle feedback. It’s a pleasure to flip through, admire the beautiful letterforms, and get inspired. This would make an incredible gift for any aspiring typographers.

Switchblade

Switchblade is an all-caps display typeface, from LA-based artist Jaque Fragua, which is free for non-commercial use. The lettering is based on graffiti the artist uses to carve into wood, dirt, metal. You can currently download it from his home page.

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Tiny Hand

The final debate for the current presidential election was last night, and I can’t wait for this thing to end. At first, it was kind of an interesting spectacle, with Trump saying the most insane things. Except some people agreed with the things he said, and actually want to vote him into office, which is rather frightening, and takes all the fun out of the whole circus as far as I’m concerned. All that said, here is a funny font called Tiny Hand modeled on Trump’s handwriting. If you wanted to download this for some reason, you can find the link at the bottom of this Buzzfeed article. Via FastCoDesign.

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The Olivetti Pattern Series Notecards

A new stationery offering from the good people at Princeton Architectural Press, this box of Olivetti Pattern Series Notecards celebrates the iconic and revered writing tool with four distinctive patterns made on the classic Olivetti Lettera 32. Nicely done with classic red-and-black printing on off-white paper, these cards are the perfect all-occasion notecard for any typo-phile, design afficionado, aspiring writer, and all fans of printed type on paper. The box includes 3 each of 4 cards & envelopes, for a total of 12 notecards and 12 envelopes. 5.5 x 7 inches. [See More]