Vernacular Typography

For the past 10 years, Molly Moodward has been photographing environmental typography and organized her images by place and category on As of now, the website has over 5,000 images of urban typography from 10 different countries, including Argentina, The Bahamas, Chile, Cuba, England, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the US.

Molly just started a Vernacular Typography Kickstarter Campaign to help build up her digital archive. It’s a beautiful projects which helps preserve, and promote the vanishing examples of lettering in the everyday environment.

Totally backing this campaign. Join me?

Mark Your Calendars for Linotype: The Film

Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society.The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

The movie’s world premiere is February 3rd at the SVA Theatre in New York City with Steven Heller moderating the Q&A afterwards. Tickets are on sale now over on their screenings page.

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is written with hundreds of knives stabbing the walls at the Pinault Foundation’s Palazzo Grassi, by Farhad Moshiri.

Big Letters

Wood type makes my heart beat faster! Check out these giant letter prints by Christie & Caleb, owners and operators of a small traditional letterpress company, located in the sunny South.

They recently were able to access three sets of rare and huge, antique wood type. These particular sets of type cam from a now defunct old print shop in Arkansas, where they were used to print giant Circus billboards in the 1940’s and 50’s!

The Big Letter Prints are printed on 140# cover, which is sturdy enough to lean on a shelf or mantle, or you can personalize your own words or phrases! Kids room, anyone?

Pasta Ti Amo

If I had walls for artwork in my kitchen, I would order these typographic prints right now.

Le chef a toujours raison = The chef is always right
Pasta, Ti Amo! = Pasta, I love you

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Purchase this fantastic letterpress poster and 100% of the profits are donated to Acumen Fund‘s mission to end worldwide poverty. #ordered.

(via HolidayMatinee)

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish Poster

This Stay Hungry Stay Foolish Poster is a tribute to visionary people. Thanks Stewart Brand and Steve Jobs

(via The Next Web)


Are you a lover of letterpress? Or do you simply want to teach your children the concept of it? Then you should check out LetterMpress, an app that lets you experience the art and craft of letterpress. Check out the tour or the video above and you’ll get the idea.

LetterMpress is available on the Mac Store and as an iPad App. (The iPad is 50% off for the month of december) Besides the use of a mouse and keyboard, the most significant feature of the Mac version is the high resolution that can be output, depending on your graphics card. Prints can be created as high as 8192 pixels in the longest dimension—that’s over 26” at 300 DPI.

Check out some of the designs users have shared on Flickr.

8 Faces #4

Issue #4 of 8 Faces is out! Yay! It’s quite an impressive line up in this issue:

With a cover by Jessica Hische, printed on metallic stock with white ink and foil-blocking, issue #4 features interviews with John Boardley, Craig Mod, Kris Sowersby, Doug Wilson, Nadine Chahine, David Březina, and Silas Dilworth and Neil Summerour of TypeTrust.

8 Faces Issue #4 features an introduction by Jon Tan, a review of Typography Sketchbooks, and web typography tips from Typekit’s Tim Brown. Every copy ships with an exclusive new catalogue courtesy of Typotheque. Ships mid-December.


I just spent a good 20minutes on Long live Typography.

Average Font

Average Font by Mortiz Resl shows what a font would look like if it consisted of all typefaces installed on his system. Every character from a to z is drawn using every single font with a low opacity. In total there are over 900 typefaces in his library. And, he didn’t exclude the ‘ugly’ ones.

The Average Font is typographic poetry.

Retirement Facitlity Signage

This is not your usual wayfinding system. Hat tip to Tina Staeheli for designing this refreshing, minimal signage system for a (fancy) Swiss retirement home.


I am a big fan of all things Markus Raetz. The fact that he now made a Typographic Illusion Scultpure makes me swoon.

House Industries & Herman Miller

House Industries and Herman Miller are producing a limited edition series of 80 Eames wire-base tables (aka an LTR or Low Table Rod) that include A thru Z, numbers and ornaments from the Eames Century Modern font collection.

YES! YES! YES! Learn more here.



Here, go create your own TypeRing. Easy. Cool idea.

(via @fontblog)

Wood Type Revival

I am thrilled that the Wood Type Revival store is now live and ready for business. Born out of Kickstarter: Wood Type Revival is printing rare historic wood type, and turning them into digital fonts for modern designers. And all you web designers will be happy to know that all WTR fonts are avaialable on Typekit for web use! YES!

Go buy some old fonts.

Do Watcha Like

Arianna of Paperjam Press just recently added a few more prints to her collection of hand pulled, short runs of words to live by.

Thinking of a Masterplan hangs above my desk and makes me happy on a daily basis. The Do Watcha Like made me chuckle. See them all here.

birthday cards

These birthday cards by 9SpotMonk made me giggle.

Franklin Gothic on Typekit

YES! Typekit just added another classic typeface to their catalog: Franklin Gothic URW. There has never been a more exciting time to be a web designer than *now*.

Typographic Tattly Tuesday

Typenerds that we are, we just launched four new type-driven Tattlys today: Make Change by Evan Huwa, Trouble Maker by Jim Datz, workisnotajob. by Catharina Bruns and the Deming letraset Tattly by studiomate Mike Fortress.


These letters make me happy. It’s a Screen Printed Letter Set by JP Boneyard Design and I want them all.

(via eighthourday)

2012 Stendig Calendar

The Stendig Calendar was designed by design legend Massimo Vignelli in 1966 and is part of the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art. You can currently pre-order it over at Vetted.

(Thank you Antonio)

Off Book | Typography | PBS Arts

In episode 2 of Off Book, typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing color, graphics and type.

(So excited to see our friends from Hyperakt featured. Well deserved!)

Beautiful Swear Words

I admit, by Theo Olsen made me smile.