DVNO type geekery

Just for fun — this video for the French duo Justice is a cornucopia of 80’s typographical homages, and has inspired at least one determined blogger to attempt to identify the origins of each typeface.

Here is Yves Peters’ dissection of the video, from The FontFeed.

Interview with Justice about the video and its creators, So Me and Machine Molle.

Generative Shakespeare

As a type experiment, Simon Egli and Stian Ward Bugten transformed the sounds from Shakespearean words into letterforms (it’s over my head, but the generative idea is interesting). The results aren’t just conceptually interesting – they’re pretty.


shakespeare 2

shakespeare 3

The second panel above supposedly explains the process – and a short film about it is here.

Stian Ward Bugten’s portfolio on Behance.


Helvetica is a 2008 documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the ubiquitous typeface, Helvetica also looks at how type impacts our lives.



Helvetica trivia: the name was derived from “Helvetia”, the Latin name for Switzerland, the home of its designers.

Helvetica official website

Hatch Show Print Shop

The Hatch Show Print Shop in Nashville opened in 1879, and still designs and prints posters in the original letterpress and wood block style, hand inked, hand cranked, hand cut, and the customers are even called from a rotary phone.




The Smithsonian has a traveling exhibition, American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print. The exhibition website and blog is here.

A short video tour of the shop is here.


Typepedia is a community for education about, identifying of, and discussion of type.

There’s a great section with diagrams and examples of the different parts of letterforms:


Their logo is wicked cool, too.



More Herb Lubalin:

His collaboration with Lou Dorfsman (Creative Director for CBS during its golden period) The Gastrotypographicalassemblage, was a monumental 3D wall that became an icon of modern typography.


When CBS remodeled its quarters in the 90’s, The Gastrotypographicalassemblage was dismantled and nearly discarded, but salvaged by designer Nick Fasciano.  The remains were recently moved from his Astoria basement to Atlanta’s Center for Design Study, where it is being restored to its original glory.

AIGA article by Center for Design Study’s executive director, Richard Anwyl, on the restoration of the piece.

Interview with Lou Dorfsman on the creation of the wall, from Center for Design Studies website.

Lubalin Now

Cooper Union just opened its new Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography with an exhibition of works inspired by his expressive style.


Justin Thomas Kay posted photos from his visit to the Lubalin archives on Flickr:


Hamilton Wood Type Museum

Typeface, a documentary from Kartemquin Films, is making the festival circuit. A struggling rural Wisconsin printing factory-turned-museum, The Hamilton Wood Type Museum, opens its doors once a month to artisans from across the Midwest, who arrive for workshops in the nearly lost art of letter press. The website for the project is appropriately type-stylish!

typeface film screengrab

Limited-edition letterpress prints are for sale to support the film, including this one by Boston-based designer and musician, Nick Sherman.

typeface film poster

See Nick Sherman’s photostream from his residency at Hamilton here on Flickr.

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