Stephen Coles has published Specimen Books of Metal & Wood Type, an online list linking to over 200 digitized catalogs of wood and metal typeface manufacturing companies. A good page to bookmark, as updates are promised.
The design collective LoveFrom, which includes Jony Ive and Peter Saville, launched its website this week. That revealed a visual identity designed by members of the team including Ive and Savile, as well as Chris Wilson and Antonio Cavedoni – each former members of the Apple design team. The collective’s wordmark and the website’s text are set in a new typeface, LoveFrom Serif, inspired by John Baskerville’s letterforms and based on studies of his original punches and matrices. Wallpaper has a write-up.
On Wednesday, November 10th, Briar Levit, Rathna Ramanathan, Fiona Ross, Alice Savoie, Martha Scotford and Mathieu Triay will present the digital event Expanding the design canon: fresh perspectives on women in type and publishing. Hosted on Zoom by the St Bride Library in London as part of its 125th-anniversary celebrations, the lectures are part of the “Women in Type” Leverhulme Trust and University of Reading research project. Tickets range in price from £3 to £5. Please book them in advance.
Through Saturday, November 6th, the new exhibition Inner Structures-Outer Rhythms: Contemporary Arab & Persian Graphic Design is running at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Developed in conjunction with the Khatt Foundation, it reflects the growing interest in graphic expression from under-recognized creative regions of the world. The college partnered with Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès – founding director of the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography (Amsterdam) – to curate the exhibition and publish a book by the same title.
On Tuesday evening, 14 September 2021, Eye Magazine will host a virtual Eye on type event. To preview articles from the upcoming type special in November (issue number 102), Shiva Nallaperumal and Juhi Vishnani from Mumbai will be speaking, along with Laura Meseguer (Barcelona) and Thomas Huot-Marchand (Nancy). The online session will be chaired by editor John L. Walters and art director Simon Esterson. You can sign-up and participate via Zoom. All proceeds from the event go to the St Bride Foundation.
A design podcast from Sweden called Inte min typ [Not my type] has interviewed Margaret Calvert. Although the first part of the episode is in Swedish, you can skip ahead to the 23:30 mark. That’s when the interview – in English – begins.
Typotheque has built a Devanagari type survey to help the foundry make more informed, research-based decisions when designing Devanagari fonts. The foundry team invites people who regularly use the Devanagari script to take part. Then, they’ll be able to understand regional preferences for character variants better. The more people who take part in the survey, the better statistical information it will gather. Its results will be published publicly for all interested parties to reference.
Nebiolo Type Foundry, 1878–1978: New critical assessments takes place in Turin on September 16th and 17th, 2021. Since the dispersal of the company’s archives decades ago, a deep investigation into the foundry’s heritage still hasn’t occurred. This free symposium will include the most up-to-date research on hitherto under-investigated aspects of modern typographic history. Organized by the Nebiolo History Project – together with the Politecnico di Milano and the Politecnico di Torino – registration for in-person attendance is already open. Details about online streaming will be posted on the project’s website before the event.