Issue 11


Editorial, Rick Poynor


Agenda, Paul Stiff

Postmodern typography sees the reader as an idler in need of short sharp shocks. But is reading really…

Steven Heller

Who says classical has to mean boring?


Erik Spiekermann

“Type design had been seen as a brave but arcane business that requires a lifetime’s dedication. I’m…

Michael Horsham, Rian Hughes

The comic book speech bubble has evolved into a highly expressive form of vernacular lettering

Freda Sack, David Quay

Architype is a new series of Modernist typefaces. Is their reissue as simple as it sounds?

John Belknap

Well dressed magazines wear tailor-made fonts. Eye talks to three of the most sought-after names

The rules of typography according to crackpots / experts
Jeffery Keedy

The director of graphic design at California Institute of the Arts challenges received wisdom and offers…

Rick Poynor

Fuel is a magazine, a design team, and a four letter word. Their style is tough, but ambiguous, too

Abbott Miller

In post-war art the visual and the literary have blurred. Typography is the point at which they meet

Robin Kinross

The work of Dutch designer Karel Martens is rooted in materials rather than the ravishing image

The Dictionary of Visual Language
Rick Poynor

Philip Thompson and Peter Davenport’s visual analysis of the graphic cliche is a design classic

Robin Kinross

Doing up typefaces is not like doing up buildings – more like re-creating the parts from which buildings…