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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

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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

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

Variable, who?

Variable, who?

Two new technologies—variable fonts and parametric type—promise to solve the same problems. The major differences? You need to be a skilled type designer to create the former, but it takes only 5 minutes and a few clicks to spit out the latter. For professional type designers, variable fonts might seem like the obvious choice, especially with all major type design programs supporting the technology. But for graphic designers still waiting for the right font, variable or otherwise, parametric type looks like the future. And the French program Prototypo is here to deliver that future. Read more

The future is here

The future is here

If you live long enough and pay some attention along the way, you can begin to see the direction of history and to get an idea of what is going to happen next. You’re not necessarily right, but humans like to make patterns, so here we go. This is Roger Black's letter, published in TYPE No. 3. Read more

The first Uruguayan printing press

The first Uruguayan printing press

Through a series of 11 artifacts, Gabriel Benderski takes us through the compelling history and impressive visuals of the earliest presses in the Uruguayan territory. Read more

Off the page, and off the screen

Off the page, and off the screen

Futurist Gerard Mallandrich shows us how our digitally-built environment might look in a few short years, thanks to the advent of augmented reality. Read more

Double the type with Pangram Pangram

Double the type with Pangram Pangram

Mathieu Desjardins started his Montreal-based foundry, Pangram Pangram, after the surprise success of his first typeface. Since then, the foundry has published a total of 17 typefaces, but unlike most foundries, Pangram Pangram allows users to download their fonts completely free… Mat says the practice is based on trust, adding that the “foundry of the future” will prioritize designers over profits. Read more

The Zen of Art

The Zen of Art

Designers who wish they were called artists, need to read James Cahill’s new book, Ways of Being: Advice for Artists by Artists. In it, designers will find practical advice at any stage in an artist’s or designer’s career, fascinating quotes from some of the world’s best artists, and 168 pages of pure, photo-free typography. Read more

New York’s new Poster House

New York’s new Poster House

New York is a city of many museums, with no shortage for creative types: From the MoMA to the Rubin and seemingly everything in between. And while the city is home to the world's largest collection of old posters—Philip Williams Posters—there is no poster museum. That’s set to change in late 2018 with the opening of Poster House. Read more