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Hello type friends,
2017 has been full of change, it has taken me 6 months to move our house, family (human + canine) and my business overseas; the presses and our personal effects are still at sea (and so we are camping out at our new HQ for the summer). Our little patch of the Coromandel coast is surrounded by pohutakawa, (gnarled, windswept native trees that come alive with crimson flowers at this time of year) and I am doing a final push on project work today so I can enjoy the sun and saltwater over the holiday break.

Whether your festive season is white, crimson, green or gold I wish you the very merriest of whatever you celebrate and hope you get to relax and recharge ahead of a creative 2018!

For this months musings I tried to focus on fun and frivolity, two hugely important commodities.

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There is a rich network of artists, typographers, type designers, letterers and calligraphers I admire practicing down here. One that I have been hoping to profile for sometime (we recently traced our first email exchanges back to 2013!) is an artist with a strong typographic focus based in Wellington.

"Kelly’s creative style is characterized by a bold use of colour, curvaceous forms, and clean lines. A multidisciplinary approach allows her to design across a wide variety of media and enjoy the freedom to produce work both in-studio and out in the world, adorning surfaces large and small with her colourful forms. Her work to date spans sign painting, murals/street art, illustration, apparel graphics, festival & gig branding, identity design and more."

One of Kelly's most recent pieces was a collaborative effort with Christchurch based illustrator Natasha Vermeulen created for the 2017 Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival (one of New Zealand’s premier street art events). ‘These glistening snakes and dew laden spiderwebs  symbolise the dark side of placing too much value on material wealth, and tell the tale that all that truely glitters is of this earth, and can not be bought.’ An intricate, beautifully considered and impeccably crafted artwork.

The wall is approx 25x8m; the type is all aerosol, and the illustration all brushed acrylic. These talented ladies spent 35 hours up a scissor lift to create the gigantic piece (particularly impressive that this was also Natasha’s first wall!).

I asked Kelly to share some insights about the piece and her practice.

Victoria Rushton's resource of retail fonts designed by women
Craig Black's new website showcases a killer body of work

I first connected with Newcastle based letterer, typographer and illustrator Sophie Elinor Brown when Sophie reached out via instagram after hearing about a shitty situation I was dealing with to offer support. Sophie was sharp witted, super intelligent and had a big heart - after chatting online we exchanged some letterpress prints, have kept in contact and got the opportunity to meet up at this years Typism conference.

Sophie's career spans visual arts, production media and public broadcasting, throughout she uses letterforms to tell stories (sometimes meaningful, other times downright silly, but always thoughtfully crafted).

Humbled to have been selected to be featured in the 4th Typism book, the cover logotype was designed by Matt Vergotis, and the internal contains 192 pieces of beautiful black and white typography, lettering, and calligraphy from some of your favourite lettering artists and some up-and-coming talents. Be sure to pre-order your copy as these editions always sell out!
Issue B of La Police's Footnotes

Footnotes is a type design periodical published by La Police type foundry's Mathieu Christe. I thoroughly enjoyed issue A and am excited to read this follow up edition which features Brigitte Schuster, François Rappo, Christian Mengelt, Adrien Vasquez, Frank Grießhammer, Alice Savoie, Dorine Sauzet & Sébastien Morlighem get your copy here

How Pentagram’s Michael Bierut Picks A Typeface
Did you know that Futura was the first font on the moon in 1969?

All type enthusiasts will enjoy reading this milestone book (to celebrate Futura's 90th birthday) this holiday season. It tells the story of how Futura went from its roots in the Bauhaus representing radicalism in design to dependability.

Casey Schuuman's Intro to Monoline Lettering
Volume: a new publishing platform for lovers of print hosts crowd funded campaigns to publish books by artists and designers. The platform is backed by Thames & Hudson, an experienced publisher that will help the titles get exposure and add confidence for consumers. Printmaker Anthony Burrill has a campaign live now!

‘Si bonus es intres, si nequam ne quaquam’ (‘If you are good, enter. If wicked, by no means’)
TDF Koor goodies

The designers foundry have created a swish souvenir pack for Jan Weidemüller's new typeface Koor – I LOVE the contrast in this face - with 3 optical sizes and 6 weights each. The ltd edition pack has an A2 poster specimen with any Koor purchase $50+. Or free specimen poster & "OPEN TYPE" socks with purchase of the full family.

David Jonathan Ross December Font of the month club offering is outstanding
IBM’s Quest To Design The “New Helvetica”

Mike Abbink, the typeface’s designer, dove into the IBM archives to reflect the company's belief system & legacy in a contemporary context. Hoping IBM Plex, could become just as iconic–a kind of Helvetica for this century. The Plex family includes a sans serif, serif, and monospace versions. Open Source Download IBM Plex here.

Rare Goods, Grafiks latest Letterform, penned by Lucas Sharp

Celebrates the pioneering spirit of Joshua Darden's Freight, which revolutionised how type designers approach optical size in the digital era and highlights a startling disparity in the world of type design. (The TypographHer website currently uses Freight Sans).

Village's Marcin Typewriter, is inspired by 19th-century type produced by the Fonderie Gustave Mayeur in Paris.

Instead of emphasizing the mechanical aspects of monspaced fonts, Marcin Typewriter champions contrast. The result is a highly legible monospaced typeface which neither looks too nostalgic nor too techy. Check out Marcin Typewriter & its antique pairing here

Introduce some rustic romance to your font library.
Lettering royalty featured in Who Gives a Crap's festive offering

Naughty and Nice artist-designed toilet rolls from Who Gives a Crap. Features Luke Lucas, Gemma Obrien, the letterettes, Timba Smits, Timothy Goodman and Alex Trochut. 50% of profits go to building toilets for those in need.

Type & Book Designer Isabel Urbina Peña's beautiful new site & killer merchandise remember December feature is wrapping up key events and the typographic goings on of 2017
House Industries has been hugely influential in our community.

While I never had the opportunity to meet Rich Roat in person I did have the privilege of talking to this talented & generous man via email over the years and I was saddened to learn of his passing. Ben Kiel wrote a very moving tribute.

Typography can save the world!

We all know how important the craft of typography is in making text engaging and readable... The Washington Post is reporting on how Trump's bad typography could be his downfall (and it makes me very happy indeed!) #impeachorange

Dan Rhatigan discusses Open Type's Future

Colour and variable fonts expand the boundaries of typeface design and development, but we are only just starting to seeing their potential in action. This talk reviews the nature of these new formats as well as what they may make possible.

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