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Thank you for the awesome feedback last month! It was valuable to hear from so many of you on what you liked, what you don't, and what you want to see more of here. Based on your feedback I am working on a new structure for the newsletter - this month is a bit of a transition between formats. (This is a work in progress and I am still figuring it all out so please bear with me!) Hope you enjoy the musings and features below - keep up the fantastic work (and those of you in Queensland stay safe and dry in this epic storm!)
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W. A. Dwiggins described a recipe for an idea; involving a mix of coffee, cocktails and jumping up and down for a few days until the concept digests in your brain and manifests on paper. So what is the recipe for a designer? Curiosity and passion are what drives our communities best and brightest. When you add perseverance to that mix, you get a very special breed of creative. Book designer (and photographer) Bruce Kennett is at the centre of this kind of Venn diagram - with all those ingredients! Bruce discovered Dwiggins work in 1972 after befriending Dorothy Abbe (Dwiggins Assistant) and spending time in their studio. Being inspired by WAD and his ideas for decades, Bruce spent the last 14 years researching, writing, curating and designing his soon to be published book 'W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design'. The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.

Celebrating the innovation, quality and playful print of Mark van Wageningen's 'Novo Typo Color Book' (and Ziza typeface) Polychromatic printing type reinvigorated.

Pre-order Paula Scher: Works

Unit editions are creating a monograph to document Scher's career. The book is on the press and available for pre-order - ‘I like making the stuff. I like the physical making. I like the moment of invention’

Xavier Dupré’s Itinéraire Typographique
The Letterettes on collaboration and creative business.
Listen to lettering talent Craig Black, in the latest design jones podcast. Craig talks about his journey, influences and collaboration (I am honored to get a mention too!)
Making Type

TypeMedia graduates produce a collection of 2016 best and brightest new typefaces

David Shields on WH Page Inventor, entrepreneur and one the most prominent American wood type manufacturers of the 19th century. I am a huge fan of Page's kooky tuscan's and chromatic type!
TYPE: a magazine for people curious about fonts

I am incredibly excited about this new publication which promises to focus on the “Who?” and “Why?” of type and design and not just the “What?”

How creativity benefits everyone, even if you’re not an artist

Jade Tjia wrote this brilliant overview of Dominique Falla (aka Tactile Typographer) the supreme queen behind the Typism community recent talk at Pausefest.

Forming a Type Museum
Typographic Doubletakes
Design Matters with Sam Winston
Queens of the craft

Fontshop's David Sudweeks is interviewing the ladies behind iconic and on trend type and lettering, the series kicked off with profiles on Roxane Gataud, Emily Conners and Martina Flor.

Can the legal system be more understandable for non-lawyers? Can legal documents be more legible?
Resistenza Just look at Letters print

I jumped at the chance to create some artwork about the liar and liability that is Donald J. Trump. Sorry for those offended by my language in these prints - although not sorry at all about the sentiment! (click this link to see my potty-mouthed prints and process from the print pavilion)

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award
No hints just clues

Last month I had the pleasure of putting on some Miles Davis Jazz and test driving this beatnik new type family.

Toshiya Izumo and Fontshop collaborated on three articles: How do the Japanese write, How do the Japanese use the Latin Alphabet in design and an introduction to the Japanese foundry scene.

An Italian (reverse contrast) with French and Aussie Pedigree

London-based type foundry Fontsmith’s new typeface FS Irwin takes a transatlantic look at lettering.

Preserving One Of Europe’s Oldest Languages Through Type
Dave Bailey Muskeg is a contemporary blackletter

Muskeg's sharp angular forms lack any bezeir curves and yet still masterfully distribute weight in the strokes. Its origins are in experimental lettering and Muskeg is now available as a retail ready font from lost type in 6 weights via a generous pay-what-you-want system.

Mackenzie & Harris Type foundry, established in 1915, finds that the old-fashioned method needs no perfecting.
Village Release Sharp Grotesk, designed by Lucas Sharp
Get Involved...

Help build the world's greatest list of independent type foundries. Check out and submit your favourites.

A typographic study of movement, light and shadow.

for the Typophile - Type can be sweet as candy... but this font actually is candy!

Velvetyne Type Foundry has created the first open-source font made between a type designer and a band.
The French spirit is embodied in new foundry 205TF's type catalogue.
“Our typefaces are a kind of fiction. We really like that idea.”
TypeTogether latest newsletter gives us a preview of the Arabic addition to the Athelas type family.
Font of Life: a typeface-led fundraising campaign for World Water Day
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