"Craft is neither a dumbed-down manufacturing skill nor the poor cousin of thinking. It is an embodied creative learning process. "
Dr Welby Ings
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Curiosity, Creativity, Craft and Courage!
For creatives, making is the best way to deepen our understanding and improve our skills. The more we improve the greater our creative confidence. The greater our confidence, the more courageous we become in our work! The more I read, write and learn about typography, design and culture the more curious I become. Learning is fuelling a desire to make things, (and the more I make things, the more I learn)!

This month's typomusings focus on people who are curious and courageous craftsman and projects that honour the idea 'making is thinking'.

First up I talk magazines, typography and icecream with design talent Luke Tonge  'a sucker for the sensory nature of print'. He is passionate about editorial design (& culture). His innovative design work takes a contemporary approach to typesetting. An enthusiastic supporter of good people and good work in our community. Luke contributes to Form Fifty Five and currently works at Life Agency. In his spare time (Luke is not afraid to burn the midnight oil and works massive hours) he freelance's on some fantastic publications... including Monotype's highly celebrated 'The Recorder' publication.
I also caught up with the One Strong Arm studio's founder Dave Darcy to talk Design, Type, Print and Dublin to discuss how Dave honours the traditional craft of Letterpress in a contemporary way.

Other featured musings this month include expertly crafted typefaces, sensational student work, outstanding publications, and some exciting events that will enable you to improve your own creative craftsmanship!

Siobhan Murphy's work explores the way form carries meaning but also how the methods of production imply influence over the message.
With a heady mix of elegance and quirky charm, this contrast sans serif is a contemporary take on typographic opulence!
 Designing a typeface always has a story behind it. Typethursday sat down with Miguel Reyes to discuss the backstory of his typeface, Canela. 
Kira Allmark's work is eloquent and sophisticated. Her background in fashion and jewellery informs an appreciation for space and depth as it applies to Typography and Graphic Design.
In this fantastic Behance post Aline takes us through each step she followed in Martina Flor's Skillshare class to develop lettering from pencil to digital
Regina Black has heavy letterforms that are influenced in equal parts by the elegant design from the early 1900’s and the chunky, friendly typefaces popularized in the 1970’s.
In this Grafik letterform post Fred Birdsall chooses a character which would definitely be a favourite, if only it actually existed.
Check out this beautiful video which documents Newcastle based letterpress printer Suze's process printing for the 2016 Makeit Madeit exhibition.
The New Web Typography is about what the web is, how it effects the act of typesetting, and whether we might be able to make rules for students.
Inspired by the German typographer and craftsman Günter Gerhard Lange (art director of Berthold foundry), F37 Bolton features distinctive horizontal ascenders and descenders in 4 weights (8 styles).
Beautiful Typography and dramatic Topography celebrated in this edition of letterpress prints!
Using public street fixtures as printing elements, the artist collective behind Berlin-based pirate printer produces shirts and bags imprinted with manhole covers, vents, and utility grates.
Dave Foster was commissioned to create a hand-drawn font that would perfectly complement the well-established visual identity for National Australia Bank.
Unit Editions are crowd funding a new Lance Wyman publication on Kickstarter. The visual diaries offer an unrivalled insight into the work of a graphic master.
Want to improve your lettering game? Check out the Calander; with loads of new workshops listed as Mike Meyer and David Kynaston are touring down under!
There are loads of other new events listed including more calligraphy sessions with the lovely Maria Montes! Check out all the new listings here
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