Craftsmanship makes the common precious.
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Like language, typography is both functional and expressive, often we think of the expressive qualities in terms of volume, tone and voice. But type can equally convey a mood, an event, a sense of place, time and culture. It is these realms I have been playing with this month. Using type to explore place (Brisbane) and time (1880-1930) for the State Library of Queensland's Design Finds initiative. My project investigates the revival of craft-based practice in Brisbane after the floods and recession of the 1890's.

After treasure hunting through the SLQ collection I curated 5 items to display and respond to... My creative response is a bookwork which aims (through multiple typographic genres and treatments) to demonstrate the value of craft in both Brisbane's heritage and future.

It has been a really exciting research project for me and I am excited to share my discoveries, process (and typographic play!) at the launch event this week. Only one ticket remains - you can snap it up here! or if you miss out you can view the finds (and our creative responses) on exhibition in the Asia Pacific Design Lounge at the State Library of Queensland from the 5th-19th of December. (And for those further afield I will share via a blog post in the new year).

Using type to express metrics like space, place, identity, character and culture became a theme for the TypoMusings this month. It is a bumper edition with lots of new typefaces released, some fantastic explorations of type technology (old and new), with people and projects from the global type community I admire.

If you have work you'd like to submit for future musings (or if you've seen a killer project you think I should check out!) please get in touch as I would love to hear from you!

All the very best with end-of-year deadlines and I will be in touch soon (I can't believe how quickly the festive season is looming!).

X Nicole
Terry junior a 'huggable' font. Imperfect, raw, with a gentle sweetness to perfectly suit designs for children

"A picture is worth a thousand words, but words are pictures too" a profile with Alberto Romanos Type Designer & Founder of

I was recently interviewed (in the print pavilion) by local design students Kristina Doyle and Shelley Walker for Billy Blue College of Design.
Let us not be like a machine: Farao II by František Štorm is consistently imperfect. This humanist slab-serif is anything but cold and precise.
It is probably the worlds worst kept secret I love the work Giuseppe and Paco do at Resistenza. This deal gets you 20 of their fonts for $95 which is exceptionally good value.
Alphabette Indra Kupferschmid profiles a book by Tamara Shopsin which engages our imagination in such a simple, inspiring way.
The making of a matrix: A 30-minute documentary about the making of Linotype matrices at Simoncini Bologna. (Narrated in Italian but a visual feast).
huge and heartfelt congrats to the AGDA awards winners (and finalists).
I interviewed Bella Schilling on her Delightful Dita Typeface - (a work in progress), Bella has jumped in at the deep end with her debut. Designing Display, text and italic styles in multiple weights with an extended character palette that includes Diacritics, discretionary ligatures, symbols and Cyrillic!

Fast is designing a typeface monday-thursday and testing/production/release of the font on friday. Monotype's 2016 #FontMarathon

"Type should be part of the body of a computer, not just the clothes it wears." In 1989, Apple hired Thomas Rickner to do something revolutionary: put print-quality typefaces on every computer.
Benoît Bodhuin talks about having fun with type & his attitude to rules! "Breaking the rules is essential to move forward. Challenge the legacy without hating it."
I am currently reading (and really enjoying!) Johnston & Gill... I was hoping to have published a full review on before sending this newsletter but havent had the chance to write the post yet. It is an excellent overview of these two prolific designers and their impact on a city (London) and a genre of type. Pick up your copy here.
Watch the three-minute edit of the very brilliant Sarah Hyndman sharing her type tasting research in Mumbai, India.
The latest Creative Characters interview from MyFonts profiles Freda Sack & David Quay each began their type design careers in analogue media, developing their skills in parallel to innovations in Type technology
In Grafik's latest Letterform post, Mark from NovoTypo wonders why type designers think in black and white
Old School New School is teaming up with Gemma O'Brien on a 4-day intensive type and lettering retreat. Check out the details (and other typecentric events) here
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