News & Events
Author Bruce Willen of the Baltimore design studio Post Typography will be appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday, September 24. Willen will be giving a presentation on lettering and type design, while showing inspiring design examples in both contemporary and historical contexts. Following the talk and Q&A, Willen will be signing copies of Lettering & Type.
Saturday, September 24
Baltimore Book Festival: Baltimore Free School Lit & Language Tent
Lettering & Type authors Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals were recently interviewed by Elliot Jay Stocks for the new limited-edition typography magazine 8 Faces. Willen and Strals talk about the inspirations and process behind Lettering & Type and pick the eight fonts and lettering styles that they would wish to be marooned with on a proverbial design island. Also included in the first issue are interviews with Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Ian Coyle, Jason Santa Maria, Jos Buivenga, and Jon Tan. Physical copies of the magazine have sold out, but a high-res PDF can be downloaded from the 8 Faces website.
Authors of Lettering & Type Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen were interviewed by WYPR Baltimore Public Radio back in June. Listen to the full segment here.
Watch these great performances and videos from the Lettering & Type book launch party in Baltimore, October 29, 2009.
Included in the video playlist above (alternatively found on this vimeo channel) are the following:
B by Ian Lynam
C (Ways of C-ing) by Will Work for Good
D by Jennifer Daniel
E by Sara Tomko
K by Adam Okrasinski
M by Robby Rackleff
O by Theresa Segreti, Joe Wall & Felice Cleveland
R by Carlos Vigil
T by Kim Bost & Ted McGrath
U by Joe MacLeod & Wendy Ward
W by Shaun Flynn
X by John Langdon
Y by Justin Sirois
¶ (Pilcrow) by Brockett Horne
* (Asterisk) by Eric Leshinsky
Thanks to everyone who came out to the book launch parties in Baltimore and New York. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a few photos from the events.
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Lettering & Type book launch party / Fan Letter Baltimore / October 29, 2009
Lettering & Type book launch party / Fan Letter NYC / November 17, 2009
We will be hosting two events in the next month to celebrate the publication of Lettering & Type. The Baltimore book launch party takes place on Thursday, October 29 at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The New York book launch party will be held on Tuesday, November 17 at The Cooper Union in Manhattan. Both events are free and open to the public.
In addition to our Baltimore book launch party on October 29, we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a New York version of the event.
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 PM (free and open to the public)
The Cooper Union
Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography
Fan Letter: 26 Artists and Designers Present Their Favorite Letter or Typographic Character
Twenty-six local, national, and internationally-based designers and artists give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character. These may range from multimedia presentations, performances, videos, stories, poems, animations, songs, stand-up comedy, rants, short plays, demonstrations, Gregorian chants, etc—however they choose to depict their letter.
Fan Letter is organized and emceed by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals of Post Typography, authors of a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces. This event is the launch party for the book, and also takes place in conjunction with Lubalin Now, the inaugural exhibition in the newly relocated Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. The participants in Fan Letter include many designers whose work is featured in the exhibition as well as in Lettering & Type.
Artists, designers, illustrators, and musicians participating in Fan Letter:
Colleen Asper—New York (C); Ken Barber & Ben Kiel—Delaware, House Industries (H); Nicholas Blechman—New York, Nozone, New York Times (X); Kim Bost and Ted McGrath—New York (T); Ryan Brown—New York (,); Deanne Cheuk—New York (L); Doug Clouse & Angela Voulangas—New York (.); Andrew Byrom—Los Angeles (N); Jennifer Daniel—New York, New York Times (D); Rowen Frazer—New York (O); Fwis—New York (F); Isaac Gertman—New York (R); Holly Gressley—New York (Y); Justin Thomas Kay—New York (&); JK Keller—New York (Q); Jerry Logaras—NewYork (W); Ian Lynam—Japan (B); Lisa Maione—New York (M); Kelley McIntyre—Baltimore (G); Abbott Miller—Baltimore, Pentagram (A); Ted Mineo—New York (E); Daniel Gardiner Morris—New York, The Arm (V); Adam Okrasinski—New York (K); Kevin O’Neill & Karisa Senavitis—New York, Patrick Stickles—New York; WillWorkForGood (C); Topos Graphics—New York; Tore Terrasi—Boston (I);
Please join us to celebrate the release of Lettering & Type:
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
Falvey Hall in the Brown Center
Thursday, October 29
Reception, book signing, and collaborative alphabet from 6:30 to 7:30. Fan Letter from 7:30 to 8:30. This event is free and open to the public.
The highlight of the evening will be Fan Letter: 26 Artists and Designers Present Their Favorite Letter or Typographic Character, featuring designers, artists, and musicians (including many contributors to Lettering & Type) giving a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character. These may range from multimedia presentations, performances, videos, stories, poems, animations, songs, stand-up comedy, rants, short plays, demonstrations, Gregorian chants, etc—however they choose to depict their letter.
Prior to Fan Letter, there will be a reception with authors Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals, as they help kick off a participatory Exquisite Corpse Alphabet and sign copies of Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces.
Artists, designers, illustrators, and musicians participating in Fan Letter:
Ken Barber & Ben Kiel—Delaware, House Industries (H); Kim Bost and Ted McGrath—New York (T); Andrew Byrom—Los Angeles (N); Jennifer Daniel—New York, New York Times (D); John Downer—Iowa City (J); Shaun Flynn—Baltimore (W); Brockett Horne—Baltimore, MICA (¶); Gary Kachadourian—Baltimore (P); Justin Thomas Kay—New York (&); John Langdon—Philadelphia (X); Eric Leshinsky—Baltimore (*); Ian Lynam—Japan (B); Joe Macleod—Baltimore, City Paper (U); Kelley McIntyre—Baltimore (G); Abbott Miller—Baltimore, Pentagram (A); Adam Okrasinski—New York (K); Kevin O’Neill and Karisa Senavatis—New York, Will Work For Good (C); Jennifer Cole Phillips—Baltimore, MICA (S); Robby Rackleff—Baltimore, Blue Leader (M); Theresa Segreti—Baltimore (O); Whitney Sherman—Baltimore (F); Kevin Sherry—Baltimore, Squidfire (Z); Justin Sirois—Baltimore, Narrow House Recordings (Y); Scott Sugiuchi—Baltimore, Exit10 (Q); Tore Terrasi—Boston (I); Sara Tomko—Baltimore (E); Carlos Vigil—Baltimore (R).
Welcome to the official website for Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces. This site will serve as a companion to the book and a growing repository for online resources related to type design, lettering, and typography. Please if there is an indispensable type- or lettering-related website that you think should be included on our resources page.
Lettering & Type’s official publication date is October 22, 2009. The book can be pre-ordered now through Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and many more. Support your local bookstore—order a copy through your favorite local retailer. Click here for more information about Lettering & Type.
Those of you in the Baltimore area, please save the date for a special book launch event and party to be held on Thursday, October 29 at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Brown Center from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. More details to be announced soon.