Maelstrom Design Information

Maelstrom is a reversed-stress typeface. It’s a “perverse” typeface, to be sure, but that is exactly its charm. It belongs to a genre that seems destined to be perpetually a typographic outsider—never really fashionable yet never fully abandoned. Continue reading

Domaine Design Information

The Domaine typeface family descends directly from the Hardys logotype and typeface, which I designed under direction from Adelaide-based design consultancy Parallax. Continue reading

Founders Grotesk Design Information

The impetus for Founders Grotesk originally came from Duncan Forbes of The International Office. We had often discussed the nature and usefulness of the classic grotesks, and the possibility of creating a new one. After trawling through my 1912 Miller & Richard specimen, he became enamoured with their series of Grotesques, particularly the No.7 all-caps showing. Continue reading

1896 Caslon ‘Epitome’ Specimen

Sample pages from the 1896 H.W. Caslon & Co. ‘Epitome’ type specimen. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part Three.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part Two.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part One.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

Typewriter Underwood New Model Silk

“Typewriter Underwood New Model Silk” from the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler type specimen, 1925 Continue reading

Machine a Écrire

6 March 2012

Machine a Écrire

“Machine a Écrire” from the Spécimen Général, Deberny & Peignot, Paris, 1926 Continue reading

Caractéres Maigres

6 March 2012

Caractéres Maigres

“Caractéres Maigres” from the Egyptiennes section of the Spécimen Général, Deberny & Peignot, Paris, 1926 Continue reading

Double Bifur

6 March 2012

Double Bifur

“Double Bifur” from the Spécimen Général, Deberny & Peignot, Paris, 1926. Continue reading

New Model Remington Typewriter

“New Model Remington Typewriter” from the American Type Founders Co. type specimen, c.1910. Continue reading

Relief-Zierschrift

6 March 2012

Relief-Zierschrift

Relief-Zierschrift from the Bauer’sche Giesserei specimen book Continue reading

Antiqua-Zierschriften

6 March 2012

Antiqua-Zierschriften

Antiqua-Zierschriften from the Bauer’sche Giesserei specimen book Continue reading

H.W. Caslon Dorics

20 February 2012

H.W. Caslon Dorics

A couple of specimens from the 1919 H.W. Caslon specimen. Continue reading

Neue Schreibschrift

20 February 2012

Neue Schreibschrift

“Neue Schreibschrift” from the 1899 Genzsch & Heyse specimen. Continue reading

Schreibmaschinenschrift

20 February 2012

Schreibmaschinenschrift

“Schreibmaschinenschrift” from the Bauer’sche Giesserei specimen book Continue reading

Pijlteekens

13 January 2012

Pijlteekens

“Pijlteekens” from the Lettergieterij Amsterdam type specimen, 1916. Continue reading