Alex Trochut’s covers for Penguin’s Galaxy series
Penguin US is publishing six hardback editions of classic science fiction and fantasy titles this autumn, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and comic book series The Sandman.
Each title in the Galaxy series has been repackaged in a hardback cover with a foil-blocked typographic design by Alex Trochut. Designs draw on each novel’s key themes or the worlds presented within them – Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey features an alien-looking typeface with sections missing, creating a puzzle for readers to decode, T.H. White’s The Once and Future King (a retelling of the King Arthur Legend) features medieval-style lettering and a sword on its reverse and cyberhacking tale The Neuromancer is packaged in a glitchy design in shades of green.
The books will be released on October 25 and you can pre-order copies here.
The Recorder – issue 3
Issue three of Monotype’s The Recorder magazine offers another visual treat for type fans and is packed full of interesting articles. Laura Snoad interviews experimental Russian designer Rus Khasanov and looks at type projects with a political agenda; Margaret Calvert selects her 10 favourite typefaces, Angela Riechers looks at the challenges of designing neon letters, Jennifer Kennard examines the history of banknote printing and design, John Neilson celebrates the joys of letter carving and editor Emma Tucker speaks to designer Ari Weinkle about his abstract digital designs including Feelers, an alphabet based on the movement of animal appendages.
The issue costs £10 and you can order copies from the Monotype Shop.
Playtype’s London pop-up
Founded by branding agency e-Types, Playtype opened its first store in Copenhagen in 2010 as a physical place to buy digital fonts (customers can buy designs on USB sticks as well as t-shirts, prints and accessories).
The Covent Garden pop-up is open until May 6 at 110 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SG and includes posters, prints and stationery featuring the foundry’s typefaces.
D8’s typeface for Scottish football
Glasgow design agency D8 has created a new typeface for the Scottish Football Association to be used in campaigns for the men’s national team.
The design was inspired by display type from the late 1800s, when the club was established, and the Scottish FA crest, which features a shield with a lion rampant inside.
“We spent time designing a variety of letterforms to get a feel for how they would interact with each other, then recreated the final design as Bézier curves after which we could tweak and adjust weight to give us a display face that would be individual, recognisable and carry a sense of dynamism which is always important when promoting our team. We needed to make it feel epic,” says D8.
The typeface is still in the beta stage and D8 says it will be refined over the coming months. It has already appeared in material promoting the team’s international friendlies and D8 has created guidelines for how it should be used in print and digital campaigns.
36 Days of Type
36 Days of Type is a collaborative online project set up by Barcelona-based graphic designers Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea. Each year, the pair invite designers, illustrators and typographers around the world to respond to a different letter or number each day for 36 days and share an image of their work on social media.
The project began when Sans, Goicoechea and their colleagues began challenging themselves to create a different letter each day and post it on Instagram. Friend and designer Victor Bregante suggested opening the project up to global designers and a hashtag was born.
The third round of submissions kicked off in April and includes some brilliant designs – from digital animations and hand drawn letterforms to painterly and witty illustrations. You can follow the project on Twitter and Instagram
Fontsmith – FS Aldrin
FS Aldrin is a new typeface from Fontsmith. Its name is inspired by US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.
Design director Phil Garnham says he set out to create a rounded font. “The task wasn’t straightforward, as rounded fonts are tricky beasts to get right. With a few notable exceptions they have plenty of charm, but little in the way of elegance,” says Fontsmith.
Using the foundry’s FS Emeric typeface as a started point, Garnham created a rounded version with some notable departures, such as a single tier ‘a’ and ‘g’. The final typeface includes 268 icons covering weather, currency, navigation and space, plus a series of ‘Buzz Specials’ depicting rockets, shuttles and even the astronaut himself.
Fontsmith says the typeface has been given the seal of approval from Aldrin – the foundry contacted his management regarding the use of his name and Aldrin asked if he could use the font himself. His team has since been using the design in presentations.
You can try the typeface out or buy it at fontsmith.com
Writing & Illuminating & Lettering
D&B Books, a design, photography and art book publisher founded by David Dunn, has released its first publication: a re-issue of Edward Johnston’s classic Writing & Illuminating & Lettering, first published in 1906.
The book is one of a series of projects marking the centenary of Johnston’s famous typeface for London Underground (TfL has launched a poster series commemorating the anniversary, which you can see here). Designed by Paul Felton, the new edition features a completely new layout – one which D&B says adheres to the principles laid out in its pages.
Instructional texts and reference illustrations are now clearly aligned to aid comprehension, and text is printed in a combination of Imprint (a design created for The Imprint magazine, which Johnston worked on with Francis Ernest Jackson and Gerard Meynell) and P22 Undeground, a commercial version of Johnston’s Underground typeface. The reissue also features a new introduction by Felton on Johnston’s legacy.
“The main aim behind republishing this book was to, in some way,
mimic what Johnston did for calligraphy at the turn of the 20th
century,” says Felton. “His work and teaching completely re-vitalised calligraphy and lettering and opened up the craft to a whole new generation of scribes. We have strived to revitalise the design of Writing & Illuminating & Lettering to make it more accessible to a new generation of calligraphers today.”
You can buy a copy at dandbbooks.co.uk
Publishing company Visual Editions has produced some playful and inventive on and offline reading experiences since its launch – from a love story told through Google Street View to the award-winning Tree of Codes, a new story cut from the text of an existing book.
New title All This Rotting, written by Alan Trotter, is the latest in a series of collaborations with Google Creative Lab. Designed for smartphones, it is described as a tale of an unstable mind and two deaths – “one sudden and violent, one slow and incremental” – and features animated type throughout, with letters jumping around on screen and falling away from the page. Compatibility is limited but it’s an interesting experiment with digital type – you can buy the book or try it at visual-editions.com