A brief history of technical lettering tools
From Lettering Guides to CNC Plotters – the article by Florian Hardwig and Thomas Maier highlights some major steps in the historical development of lettering tools for drafting.
The font that escaped the Nazis and landed on the moon
Futura is familiar. But its journey from avant-garde German type to hipster favorite is unusual – and it includes Nazis and the moon. Via Vox.
Designing the letter Æ
The letter ‘Æ’ evolved from the Classical Latin diphthong ‘AE’. With its long history, there are multiple models for its design. Nevertheless, there are some aspects worth highlighting. Text by Frode Helland, Monokrom.
Punctuation series – the pilcrow
Fernando Mello explains the pilcrow or paragraph symbol, also known as the alinea or blind P. It is used to represent individual paragraphs in a piece of text.
The letter ‘c’ from Futura analyzed
Toshi Omagri looks at the letter ‘c’ from Futura – designed in 1927 by Paul Renner to perfectly accommodate the various idiosyncrasies of his mother tongue.
The First Roman Fonts by John Boardley
The Renaissance affected change in every sphere of life, but perhaps one of its most enduring legacies are the letterforms it bequeathed to us. (more…)
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A History Of The 20th Century Through Color Trends
Katie Greenwood’s latest book, 100 Years of Color, an RGB overview of color in the 20th century, proves palettes, like fashion, come in cycles.
The Stenberg brothers and the art of Soviet movie posters
The Charnel-House blog presents a huge collection of constructivist posters by Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg.
Shady Characters: The imminent death of the paragraph
Shady Characters blog.