Welcome to #3

Well, that flew by! Welcome to the third installment of our monthly roundup of the best in type news. Many thanks to all those who sent messages writing how much they have enjoyed this newsletter. If you'd like to catch up, then do visit the archive. Let’s get started with one of the highlights of the typographic calendar, Typographica’s favorite typefaces, reviewed by the type community. Always a pleasure to see this list and always worth the wait. Among my personal favorites are Pilot and Inkwell.

↑  Typogrphica’s favorite typefaces of 2017
↓ You might want to sit down for this one but there are just 54 days remaining until Christmas. But don’t panic, we have you covered: Looking for gift ideas for a fellow typophile? Look no further than The Typographic Ticket Book– where satire meets great design.
↑ The Typographic Ticket Book.
↑ Possibly the world's best cap.
For other products visit the new H&Co. design store, Jessica Hische'sMartina Flor's and of course, don't forget Field Notes. Love the new ‘Endpapers’ edition. Have I missed something good? Email me for inclusion in the next MIT.
↓ I have also created a Gifts for type people page. It's a work in progress.
↓ Bethany Heck is back with another stellar article on Structural Typography (Type as both language and composition). Lots of good, common sense advice, rather than proscriptive commandments.
↓ Keith Houston publishes the third in his series on the History of Emoji. If you need to catch up, then parts one and two await.
↑ An interesting piece over at CNN on designing the midterms. It’s no longer simply red and blue.
↓ And on the same theme, Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen discuss Fonts and Leading on the Campaign Trail.
↓ Fontstand presents a collection of ‘Fonts by Women’. Organized by @kupfers. (HT @szkolny).
↑ Variable fonts have been in the news for some time now but what are they good for? OH no Types’ James Edmondson has some ideas in Practical Uses for Variable Lettering.

And if you’d like to keep current with the latest on Variable Fonts, then be sure to follow Nick Sherman’s @variablefonts on Twitter.
↑ An updated and revised version of Thomas Bohm’s Letter and symbol misrecognition in highly legible typefaces for general, children, dyslexic, visually impaired and ageing readers.

Books & magazines

I have quite a number in this series from Oxford University Press and recently wondered why there was not one for typography. Wonder no more!  Paul Luna’s  Typography – A Very Short Introduction is available from November 22 in the UK and from January in the US. You can read a sample chapter here.
↑ Keep an eye out for the next and third issue of TYPE magazine from Roger Black. A great cover story by Jan Middendorp and an article by me about Typographic Firsts. Subscribe to TYPE mag.

New fonts

↓ A collaboration between lettering artist Martina Flohr and type designer Neil Summeror of Positype. Meet the lovely and multi-layered Decorata.
↓ Ale Paul's latest sans offering in more weights and widths than you can shake a proverbial stick at. Meet Fixture.
↓ Aspen, a new sans from LudwigType.
↓ An expansion of Adelle Sans from TypeTogether: Meet Adelle Sans Devanagari.
The Future Mono, by Kris Sowersby of Klim Type and published by Future Fonts.

“Imagine if Paul Renner moved to Japan and Kyota Sugimoto asked him to adapt Futura to a typewriter.”
↓ New from Rosetta foundry is Marlik by Borna Izadpanah (with art direction from Fiona Ross).
↓ The recently launched Kilotype (Sebastian Losch & William Montrose), a new type foundry from Germany.  

Events & Education

↑ Gemma O’Brien will be hosting two lettering & mural workshops in New York on November 17 hosted by The One Club for Creativity. Sign up for the morning or afternoon session here.
Kerning conference 2019 in Italy.
↑ And if you’d like to spend a little longer in Italy, immersed in letters in the home of roman letters, then get saving for next year's Legacy of Letters with Paul Shaw and company. If you don't like great food, great wine, good company and the Veneto, then it's not for you.

On the other hand, if you'd like to know more, simply email Paul at this address: paulshaw@NYC.RR.COM.
↓ The UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's (that I grew up with) has launched a wonderful archive of its packaging design, dating all the way back to the early twentieth century.
↓ Wonderful Flickr set from A D & L Foundation.
↓ Just in case you need yet another reminder that 2018 is almost through, here’s the lovely Typodarium calendar for 2019.
↑ Johannes Neumeier: From idea to typeface: How are fonts designed?
↑ A hidden gem: Commercial Artisan is an Indianapolis-based graphic design studio. The publication Commercial Article is an offshoot that explores Indiana's regional design history. Discovered via the Weekend Heller.


A charming trailer for Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.
A series of 66 animated vintage book graphics. [HT Present & Correct]
In the center of the Bay Area, the center for all things tech, lays a center of a more analogue nature. The San Francisco Center for the Book.
↑ Font of all knowledge? Australian researchers develop typeface, Sans Forgetica, they say can boost memory. I'm no expert but I suspect that it is the type's novelty that effects an initial improvement in recall. Perhaps the same could be achieved with any unfamiliar typeface — one that naturally would slow the reader. Perhaps, then, improved recall is linked to slowing down, rather than to any properties inherent in any particular type design. What do you think?
Xavier Monney continually enacts awe with his typographic animations.
Toshi Omagari, type designer with Monotype, discusses custom pixel fonts in video games from the 1980s and’90s.
Somehow managed to overlook this in my last issue. One should never overlook Debbie Millman! Here she interviews type designer Matthew Carter.

Who to follow

David Shields on Instagram as @19cwt. Glorious 19th- & 20th-century wood type and more.
Monokrom fonts on Twitter. A welcome blend of crazy and good.
Lettering superstar Seb Lester now has another Instagram account for his heraldry experiments. @heraldicbeast
Preserving British Printing History is the Type Library. [And if you like this kind of thing, then you must also follow Hamilton.]
By now perhaps you have heard about the savage & unprovoked attack on Paul Shaw in New York. Thankfully, he is now back at home and appears to be in good spirits while he recuperates. Martin Gee and Ina Saltz have set up a GoFundMe to help him out. We all wish Paul a very speedy and full recovery.
And almost finally, here is a new feature: a single non-type-non-lettering-related item.‘Blasphemy’, you say?! ‘Heresy’, you exclaim. But we all do well to learn beyond the borders of our immediate interests. So in the spirit of horizon broadening, I introduce you to the smart, intriguing & eclectic blog of Benjamin BreenRes Obscura: a catalogue of obscure things. You might like to begin with Why are there so many 17th-century paintings of monkeys getting drunk?

Recently on ILT

↑ If you haven't visited ILT recently, then you'll want to catch up with my new series on Remarkable Renaissance Books.

Next up on the blog is (& you voted for it!) an article on the first printed books on magic. [Thanks for choosing the most difficult of the 3 options to squeeze into fewer than 2,000 words.]

Well, that’s all for this month. See you again next month. If you enjoy The Month in Type, then be sure to share on the Internets! Have a fantastic month! 

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