The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

David Shields’s book is out! The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection: A History and Catalog. It is not just a must-have for any wood-type aficionados. The book sets a new typographic history bar.
Typography Teaching Methods

Typography Teaching Methods

Many graphic design students reference type specimens during their education. This article reflects on the historical type specimens and typography foundations classes at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

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A matter of taste

A matter of taste

Italy’s typographic modernism under fascism: In the 1930s, graphic designers found in fascist propaganda exhibitions and industrial advertising new spaces where an “Italian”-modernist visual language could be developed.
Kuzushiji recognition with AI 

Kuzushiji recognition with AI 

Dr. Tarin Clanuwat – a young scholar from Thailand who specialized in Japanese medieval literature – has developed an AI-based character recognition system, which magically transcribes pre-modern Japanese characters into modern Japanese.
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Join Emily Gravett, the twice Kate-Greenaway-Medal-winning-illustrator, as she chats with her editor Suzanne Carnell, publisher at the children’s book imprint Two Hoots. Emily’s distinctive illustrations and stories are laced with wit and unexpected turns. Best known for now picture book classics like Meerkat Mail and Orange Pear Apple Bear, they’ll talk about Emily’s journey to becoming an illustrator, how they work together, the art of entertaining the reader as well as the young listener, and look at her new book 10 Cats. This 11 October 2022 lecture at St Bride in London is another activity you can attend online or in person.

To coincide with the “A Kingdom of Cardboard” exhibition at the St Bride Foundation, celebrating the BBC’s centenary, Bob Richardson will deliver a lecture on the collection of BBC-related ephemera he has amassed over 35 years since starting work at the BBC in 1977. His collection holds many treasures, including iconic channel idents, an illuminated Police Box panel from Tom Baker’s Tardis from 1980, studio logos used on set for Match of the Day, an early example of the famous Blue Peter badge, designed by Tony Hart in 1963 for a fee of £100 guineas and much more. On 21 September, the lecture will take place in person at St Bride in London and online via Zoom. A ticket must be purchased to attend in either fashion, so act now!