Catherine Dixon

Recent articles by Catherine Dixon

Quiet man of letters

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Feature

Alan Bartram brought a perceptive eye to alphabetic detail in public spaces. Catherine Dixon pays…

A visual map from A to Z

Issue 71, Spring 2009

Review

This book is the clearest introduction I’ve read to the story of how the alphabet…

Incomplete and oversimplified

Issue 59, Spring 2006

Review

A single book that provides visual reference to many of the fonts currently…

Letter rich Lisbon [EXTRACT]

Issue 54, Winter 2004

Feature

Nicolete Gray’s 1960s snaps inspire a re-examination of the capital’s streetscape

Terms of reference

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Feature

A modest dictionary of print terms has been a source of inspiration for 60 years.

Sense of place

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

Three new typefaces for local institutions draw on Sheffield’s cultural and typographic history

A million stories in the naked city

Issue 81, Autumn 2011

Review

The Light Surgeons’ LDN-Redux, which premiered in São Paulo in July, is a…

Recent blog posts by Catherine Dixon

Village people

20 September 2014

Ditchling’s elegantly revamped museum places Eric Gill in the everyday context of extraordinary craftspeople
The small Sussex village of Ditchling, near the South Coast of England, was in 1907 already something of a haven for a growing arts and crafts community when Eric Gill moved there with his expanding family, writes Catherine Dixon.

Something to say

7 November 2012

The current vogue for letterpress is more than mere retro-nostalgia, writes Catherine Dixon in the run-up to Friday’s St Bride conference.
Letterpress is everywhere, writes Catherine Dixon (co-organiser of ‘Letterpress: Something to Say’).

Can design do what?

25 May 2012

Dutch conference looks at the potential of design to address social problems
What design can do! (WDCD) was a two-day conference, held earlier this month in Amsterdam, that sought to gather together international design professionals from all disciplines – including architecture, product design, fashion, graphics, etc. – with a view to setting out a new vision for design practice, writes Catherine Dixon.

Type Tuesday

23 January 2012

Quirky ligatures and swash characters: serifs are the new sans
Are we living in a golden age of type? This is a time of consolidation. Established foundries are revisiting libraries that were perhaps hastily digitised in the early rush prompted by postscript, and releasing OpenType versions wrote Catherine Dixon in Eye 71.

Letterpress: a lingering impression

5 November 2011

A week before a one-day event at the St Bride Foundation in London, a survey of recent activities which explore the enduring relevance of letterpress.
Letterpress is everywhere. First, it was a boutique fashion of designer-types. Now it’s in John Lewis, writes Catherine Dixon.