Exploring the territory between analogue and digital
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Hello! I hope you're well and killing it creatively - I am sure you are - as this community is freaking awesome!

April is keeping me on my toes (quite literally as I can only do horizontal or vertical at the moment due to a misaligned hip!) But I am here in your inbox (a little late!) with this months TypoMusings and am also super excited to share volume 04 of TypographJournal with you!

Volume 04 demonstrates how great design responds to limitations of technology, while not allowing itself to be constrained by it.

I have been composing a series of letterpress prints that translate letterforms between analogue and digital mediums. It was these visual experiments that sparked the content development for Typograph.Journal's latest issue.

The edition shines a spotlight on creative's who embrace technology in their work. We investigate the space between archaic design craftsmanship and today’s digital lead practices – we also look at some fascinating projects that combine both old and new mediums. (There is a large letterpress focus in this issue!) #LonglivePrint!

In recent years, the design community has re-connected with slow media. Contemporary creatives embrace letterpress, calligraphy and working with their hands.  We are once again recognising the value of traditional craftsmanship and honoring simple tools and processes. But we are not entirely steeped in nostalgia. Designers love emerging technology too! TypographJournal volume 04 examines expressive digital mediums that reference human gestures and the human condition. The content is not so concerned with the technicalities of the digital realm but rather the ideas that might redefine its boundaries or the way we practice and create.

The issue features a stellar line-up of design talent including The Doves Type, Gonzalo Hergueta and Lucas Benarroch, Starshaped Press, Craig Ward, Novo Typo, Dave Foster, Amy Papaelias, Resistenza, Matt Haynes, Jess Cruickshank, Kate Hursthouse, Steve Mitchell, Studio Lowbrow, Jamie Clarke and more.

The biggest volume yet, 04 is 192 pages printed (& bound) in Australia on Australian made Grange paper stock. I made a short video so you can preview the document here. Enter the code Chimpin20 at checkout to get a 20% discount on volume 04 (at as a thank you for your encouragement and support. I hope you enjoy the journal (& I welcome your feedback!)

The TypoMusings below should (hopefully) provide plenty of interest and inspiration for your weekend reading! Thanks again for being part of the TypographCommunity and have a fabulous weekend!
Kris Sowersby talks with Justin Zhang about “Beauty”, for the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. 'All designers are into details... The details are the design. Obsession with details is not really obsession—it’s just doing the thing properly.'
Since the digital revolution 30 years ago typography on the web has always been monochromatic. Characters are either black or red, never black and red. Bixa changes that - read more here (or in volume 04 of TypographJournal!)
It’s not often digital type is outputted into stone. TypeThursday sat down with stone carver Matthew Johnson to discuss this process.
Steve Mitchell is a gun designer and I am embarrassed to say I messed up and omitted Steve's name from the front cover of the journal. Steve's visual response for vol04 is epic. I am beating myself black and 072u over stuffing this up. Check out more of Steve's rad work here.
Yves Peters is one of the best contemporary writers on typography, type design & culture because he makes his content accessible and easy to understand. He is writing a 4 part series about the mechanics of white space called Adventures in Space: Kerning, Adventures in space: Spacing, and Adventures in Space: Special cases, with a tracking installment still to come!
Looking forward to delivering a Letterpress and Typesetting workshop as part of The Design Conference. In this hands-on 3hr session, (which also flirts with pencil lettering techniques!) participants will gain an overview of the history of handset type and letterpress printing before undertaking a brief which calls for both conventional and experimental approaches to typesetting. Participants will produce an A4 letterpress print onto luxurious cotton based paper stock using Design College Australia’s awesome letterpress equipment. Ticket price includes lunch and a glass of wine!
This in depth article Anton Studer masterfully examines some of the math and magic we explored in volume 03 of TypographJournal.
Jamie Clarke's brilliant Brim Narrow polychromatic type system is available to sync on Typekit. Read more about Jamie's design and build process with brim here. (Or in vol04 of the Journal!)
This mesmerising typography is tactile, kinetic, analogue and digital. The project deliberately uses aesthetics and vernacular of digital communication and translates them to various analogue mediums.
Jacinta Conza is bringing CreativeMornings to Brisbane - the debut event on the 29th of April is set to be Epic with Mr Matt Haynes talking about Risk! That and more awesome type, print, design events listed in the calendar here.
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