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Art from the world’s most secretive country

Art from the world’s most secretive country

Through essays, lengthy captions, and hundreds of art reproductions, Nicholas Bonner's Printed in North Korea explores what it means to work as an artist inside one of the last remaining totalitarian states. Read more

Striking Gold

Striking Gold

How many design competitions today are free to enter? How many offer real prizes? The Morisawa Type Design Competition is not a fundraiser. It isn’t a publicity stunt. It isn’t a portfolio piece. It’s a way for Morisawa to find the best new typefaces. Read more

“Good Vanilla”

“Good Vanilla”

A new Latin type family, Clarimo, is paired with the successful Japanese font, UD ShinGo. Kent Lew, who wrangled the massive character set, tells us what goes into a project of this scale.. Read more

The last phototypesetter

The last phototypesetter

A visit with the proprietor of a shop in Japan who is still using a Morisawa type machine from the 1960s. And it works beautifully! It’s like the million-mile typesetter. Read more

Design generations

Design generations

A look at how long-time Morisawa employees Hideki Ichikawa and Hideyuki Oda have mentored the younger generations of type designers, through all formats and technologies. Read more

The spirit is in the details

The spirit is in the details

The culture of Morisawa has been building for nearly 100 years. Based on his ATypI Antwerp 2018 presentation “God is in the details,” Keitaro Sakamoto explains how the key is a sense for detail and shows how the spirit is kept alive over generations. Read more

A pocketful of type

A pocketful of type

There is no place like India to show how technological and economic growth can change the way people communicate. Prof. Fiona Ross shows the challenges for the multitude of Indic languages and scripts—and the opportunities. Read more

On the love of bread-headed superheroes

On the love of bread-headed superheroes

The vivid blend of letterforms helps define Japan. Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana work together with a whole lot of Latin, John Boardley tells how Japan’s pop culture adds energy. Read more

Type around the World

Type around the World

Globalization is a collision of writing systems, with civilizations and scripts struggling to compete. John Berry talks about the risks and rewards of multi-language typography. Read more

Scenes from Type Tales Chicago

Scenes from Type Tales Chicago

Our second event brought together more than a dozen of the best designers and historians working in and on the Windy City. The result was a two-day mix of professional insight, practical how-to, and incredible story. Here is a look back at some of the event’s best moments. Read more

Type Tales Chicago: A two day conference, October 3-4

Type Tales Chicago: A two day conference, October 3-4

Join us for an informal conference where we exchange the stories Chicago’s letterforms—past, present, and future. Read more

The history of type’s future

The history of type’s future

A look through the sci-fi genre's best predictions about typography in the 21st century. Some come close, others are a few stencil-fonts away. After analyzing 7 movies, one thing becomes clear: Predicting the future is hard. Read more

Typographical Firsts

Typographical Firsts

The first italic, the first page number, the first running head, and much more... John Boardley takes us through the exciting and obscure origins of many typographic fixtures. Read more

The best design festival on the East Coast

The best design festival on the East Coast

Now in its fifth year, Typographics has outgrown its various growing pains, rising to become the East Coast's premiere design festival. With workshops, tours, a book shop, parties, and plenty of talks, it's no wonder Typographics 2019 was the event of the Summer. Read more

It all starts with writing

It all starts with writing

Among the people who have shaped contemporary type culture, Gerrit Noordzij is one of the most remarkable characters. According to him and his influential book, The Stroke (1985), it all starts with writing. In this profile, Jan Middendorp interviews the Noordzij and explains his impact on the world of western type design. Read more