All entries tagged ‘typography’
09 May 2017

First Look: Ed Benguiat

We were so pleased to receive work from legendary typographer Ed Benguiat, including original lettering and print samples of his typefaces in action.


03 Mar

That New York

Brownjohn, Chermayeff and Geismar’s expressive typography for The Composing Room.


03 Jan 2013

Push Pin and the P-Head

From the Push Pin Slide Collection: what appears to be a study for an alphabet based on the 1971 PBS identity designed by Lubalin Studio.


27 Nov 2012

Something Soft

Another foray by Milton Glaser into the realm of expressive typography.


17 Aug 2012

Type cast

Some type-based design from Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast.


24 Nov 2010

Love and joy about letters

From Love and Joy About Letters by Ben Shahn. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1963.

Love and Joy About Letters is a testament to Ben Shahn’s love affair with letters: the beauty of the letter forms, the liberating influence hand-lettering, and how the incorporation of letters added meaning to his art.


28 Oct 2010

A brief tour of Milton Glaser’s typography

Glaser’s typefaces combine Pushpin-era Deco motifs with conventions adapted from hand-painted signs, but share a tendency to imbue generic letterforms with geometric dimension.


15 Jun 2010

How does one become an Emigre?

Steven Heller Collection: Box 29 Folder 11. Symbol for Emigre #10 from Emigre Brochure, 1988.

Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko’s Emigre defined the look of new media that emerged with the proliferation of the personal computer.


23 Mar 2010

Henry Wolf on typography

In 1958 Henry Wolf, newly appointed art director for Harper’s Bazaar, was tapped by the Advertising Typographers Association to write an essay on magazine typography for their bulletin.


14 May 2009

The Composing Room type specimens

Steven Heller Collection: Posters: The Composing Room typography specimens

The Composing Room, founded in 1927 by Sol Cantor and Dr. Robert Leslie in New York City, was not only the city’s preeminent typesetting firm, but also the hub for progressive intellectual and educational activities within graphic arts from the late 1930s through the 1960s. Under the guidance of Leslie, The Composing Room held exhibitions, lecture series, type clinics, and produced one of America’s most influential graphic arts magazines, PM (Production Manager), later called AD (Art Director).

Some more examples of The Composing Room’s elegant type specimens series Typography and Paper after the jump.


03 Apr 2009

P22 Type Foundry, Toy Box extras

Steven Heller Collection, source materials for Letterforms, which he wrote with Christine Thompson

The P22 Type Foundry, based in Buffalo, New York, packaged a typeface called Toy Box (originally named Child’s Play) with a set of extra glyphs including a collection of animal line-drawings based on children’s drawings. Commissioned by the London Transport Museum for a children’s exhibition in 1996, it was digitized by P22 founder Richard Kegler, with Michael Want, Mariah Kegler, Kevin Kegler, and Jennifer Kirwin-Want. Steven Heller included it in his book as an example of vernacular type.