So much to know, so little time

I am extremely proud to announce the launch of Design Facts, a platform for sharing the inspiring, shocking, passionate, brilliant, revolutionary, carefully crafted and relatively young history of our craft, all in bite-sized servings.

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Design Facts has been a true labor of love and I could not have done it without the coding genius of my good friend and talented developer, James Walton. For more information and to see other images, visit the Design Facts project on my site.

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This week’s type crush: Lust

I can’t keep my eyes off this appropriately named serif designed by Neil Summerour and published by Positype in 2012. Some standouts for me are the numerals and the ampersand variants. Beautiful!

From the description on MyFonts : “WARNING! I cannot stress this enough. Please know what you are getting into with this typeface. Like a supermodel, it can’t be squeezed into every situation. It needs room and size to breathe. The regular weights can support 36-point or higher settings, whereas the display weights shine above 72-point (preferably 100-point).”

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Judging books by their covers

I have tremendous respect for book design and its designers. I think most people underestimate the process and effort it takes to produce a truly great cover—it can be a rigorous exercise in efficiency of type and image that must check the boxes on several demands. At a bare minimum, it should conceptually capture the essence of the story within and ideally do it at a glance. It also needs to be visually compelling so that it captures people’s attention as they browse hundreds of other covers on display. When this combination of things occurs, the results can be stunning.

The New York Times recently posted their top picks for the Best Book Covers of 2014. You can see a few below but be sure to check out the article on the NYT website to see the entire list.

Design by Peter Mendelsund. “Silence Once Begun” by Jesse Ball.

Design by Peter Mendelsund.
“Silence Once Begun” by Jesse Ball.

Design by Oliver Munday. “The Silent History” by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett.

Design by Oliver Munday.
“The Silent History” by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett.

Design by Rodrigo Corral and Tyler Comrie. “Area X — The Southern Reach Trilogy — Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance” by Jeff Vandermeer.

Design by Rodrigo Corral and Tyler Comrie.
“Area X — The Southern Reach Trilogy — Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance” by Jeff Vandermeer.

Add to cart - Monotype relaunches The Recorderd

Looking forward to getting my hands on the recently re-imagined Recorder magazine from Monotype. First published in 1902, The Recorder was originally used to showcase new developments in typography but this time around, the magazine’s focus is exploring type’s role in a wider cultural context. The bold and beautiful redesign was led by Luke Tonge from Life Agency.

Image by Luke Tonge

Image by Luke Tonge

One of the more drool-worthy teasers I’ve seen is this collection of hand drawn and collaged typography by Stephen Smith. Love.

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This 100+ page first issue is a limited print run. Get one before they’re gone!