A warm welcome to our October edition of the Month in Type, our regular roundup of the best in type news.

This month’s edition of The Month in Type is sponsored by Fontfabric, our Platinum sponsor, and their brand new Code Next typeface, a versatile and charming geometric sans. It's available at 50% off for a very limited time — that means the whole family of 22 fonts (including two variable fonts!) is just $118.50. Be sure to check it out!


Wes Anderson’s movies are usually accompanied by great graphic design. His latest, French Dispatch, hits another home run in the graphic design department – designed by Javi Aznarez, everything from the movie poster to the individual character posters and a magazine is well conceived and beautifully executed. Story via It’s Nice That.
Via It's Nice That. Illustration and copyright Javi Aznarez
Via It's Nice That
Via It's Nice That. Images courtesy of Searchlight Pictures, 2021

Continuing le thème français: 128 artists bring you their visions of Paris through the covers of an imaginary magazine, The Parisianer. New Yorker vibes with some great illustrations.
The Parisianer
The Parisianer
Lovely branding project by Pràctica for Santo Cielo. See more on AIGA’s Insta.
work by Pràctica
work by Pràctica

There are scores of typeface specimen books scanned and online, but they're scattered across the Internet. Thanks to Typographica, you can now find many here: Specimen Books of Metal & Wood Type.
Image courtesy of Typographica
Wood type specimen from ATF.

Beautiful type treatment in this 1966 record sleeve by an anonymous designer. Sleeve and photo belong to Michael Bierut. [ht Jeanie]

And while we’re with Michael Bierut, remember that you can now pick up the expanded second edition of his brilliant graphic design text, How to...
Second edition of Bierut’s How to...

New Fonts

New from London Type is LDN Penrose, a suite of gridded geometric fonts designed by Paul Harpin.

Coming soon from Margot Lévêque is Ninna:
The soon-to-be-released Ninna by Margot Lévêque

And the relaunch of Craig Eliason’s foundry, Teeline Fonts.

The new Epicene Collection from Kris Sowersby’s Klim Type — firmly rooted in eighteenth-century Baroque types after the likes of J-F. Rosart and J.M. Fleischmann.
 The new Epicene Collection

Typegeist celebrates an expansive vision of typography, and supports the free and open exchange of knowledge across cultural contexts. It’s now relaunched with a great new website and two new articles on African design with Saki Mafundikwa.
Through the Typographic Looking Glass

PARSONS’ boldly typographic identity for HERO:


The inimitable and brilliant Seb Lester takes on the ILT logo. What an honor!
Seb Lester applies his infinite talents to the ILT logo

Events & courses

Interested in learning how to make your own fonts? Lynne Yun’s brilliant Foundations of Type Design is now available online. Lynne’s course is not behind a paywall, but a lot of work has gone into producing this pretty comprehensive course, so I’m sure donations are welcome! I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants an accessible and comprehensive introduction to designing typefaces.

What Makes a Typeface Legible?

It’s short notice, I know, but this sounds brilliant: A talk by Designer & Professor Sofie Beier, head of the Center for Visibility Design at the Royal Danish Academy, and hosted by The Letterform Archive. Register here! (Tue, Nov 2, 2021
12pm–1:30pm PDT)


Radek Sidun’s The Manual of Diacritics is now available for preorder.

An illuminating article on Edo Moji, a bold — and sometimes brash — style of lettering that emerged in Japan around the middle of the 18th century. 

Martin Majoor’s Comma Base typeface family is featured in Oliver Schöndorfer’s Font Friday
Oliver illustrates Comma Base’s uniwidth letters in action


How to describe a typeface on the League of Movable Type podcast with Olivia and Micah. Talking font classification and more.

And it's the perfect segue to The League’s latest episode, where none other than ILT’s very own CEO, Nadine Chahine, addresses questions like, Why did we start a shop at ILT? What is CEDARS and why is this new type descriptor system so important? And, How is the state of the type industry today?
Nadine talks type with Olivia & Micah of The League
“Independent foundries are the future of creativity in type design. We need to empower them”

On the socials

Lots of recent updates to Barnbrook Studio’s @vernacular_type Insta:

And Lauren Hom’s Insta, @homsweethom, is always filled with inspiration, life-work tips, and brilliant work.
The work of the rather brilliant and inspiring Lauren Hom

And our Instagram, of course!

Playing for all the marbles

An added incentive for players of the famous Font Game: Score 50% or more, and you’ll win a gift voucher for 10% off fonts!

New on the blog

Calligraphy and lettering Superstar, Seb Lester, takes us through ten of his favorite calligraphy inspired fonts.

That’s the month in type. Until next time, stay safe!


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