As the craze for fonts and typography reaches a fever pitch, foundries are going to all-new lengths to sell their target audiences—designers—right where they live: in Adobe Creative Suite. And just which programs within the Creative Suite the foundries choose to make their pitch is truly telling. Not to mention, potentially unsettling.
The new web typography app Typecast offers designers the ability to compose their type settings in the browser. Is it revolutionary, unnecessary, or just a bit of fun? I’ll answer that by digging into just how Typecast works to make your design workflow easier (or doesn’t).
In part through the influence of the fantastic Vernacular Typography project, I’ve become obsessed with one particular manifestation of the typescape that surrounds us all. The one most likely to avoid our ever-forward-looking gaze, in fact: the type beneath our feet.
Wherever you go in the urban, and even the rural, world, you trod upon the words of others. And you hardly ever notice it. Granted, these are words of purely utilitarian value—at least, that is their primary intent. But as I’ve discovered these ultimately disregarded and yet wonderfully resilient signs, I’ve noticed a peculiarly poetic element to their time- and elements-scarred contours, to the strange messages they so often convey when divorced from their familiar contexts.
The small sewer cover above, for instance, struck me for its lovely textures and rusted color, which seemed to echo beautifully the decay and squalor you expect to find beneath its thin metal plate. And the fading away of the S pulled the word ewer to my mind—a ewer being a vase-like pitcher used to hold anything a person might drink. Richly ironic contrasts abound!
Erg Arts, the online publishing arm of Cricket Online Review, asked me to design the cover and interior for their upcoming e-chapbook, More Po/Ems by Richard Kostelanetz, soon after publishing some of my visual poetry in a recent edition of Cricket. Kostelanetz, a widely published and well-known experimental poet, had many highly specific demands for […]
Given my love of language and typography, I suppose it was only a matter of time (and technology) before I’d create a font of my own. And here it is: Hitchcock, presented, naturally enough, through a few famous quotes from the man himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
Book Cover Design for Marton Koppany’s modulations for Otoliths This is just a corner of the cover design for Marton Koppany’s latest book from Otoliths, modulations. I’ve just agreed to become the staff cover designer for this fine small press and I couldn’t be more honored to have been asked to fill the role. This […]