Phil Baines

Recent articles by Phil Baines

Max’s life is all mapped out

Issue 101, Summer 2021


This book is about far more than Leslie MacDonald Gill (better known as Max) and…

The wrong browsers

Issue 62, Winter 2006


It gives me no pleasure to say that this is a truly dreadful book that leaves…

A new understanding of spaces

Issue 52, Summer 2004


There are many good reasons why the names of Aldus Manutius (1450-1515) and…

When in Rome: eat, drink and talk type (text in full)

Issue 46, Winter 2002


Since January 2001, ATypI’s worldwide membership has had the advantage of its own…

User-friendly book of books

Issue 44, Summer 2002


I’ve long been a fan of Alan Bartram’s writing. An Atlas of Typeforms…

Letter rich Lisbon

Issue 54, Winter 2004


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

Pieced together in Ambleside

Issue 81, Autumn 2011


I’m sure that most designers will know about some aspect of Kurt Schwitters’…

Sense of place

Issue 58, Winter 2005


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

Looking this way and that

Issue 39, Spring 2001


In his introductory essay to Ed Fella’s book Lewis Blackwell writes: “America…

Central Lettering Record

Issue 15, Winter 1994


Central Saint Martins' collection of historical letterforms and type samples is an invaluable…

A cast of thousands

Issue 45, Autumn 2002


The future of type design

Reading the news

Issue 44, Summer 2002


In an-depth pictorial essay Phil Baines examines the ways major UK newspapers, tabloid and…

Sculptured letters and public poetry

Issue 37, Autumn 2000


Sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs and poet Joan Brossa had little in common but a fierce pride in the…

A design (to sign roads by)

Issue 34, Winter 1999


As an exemplary rational design programme, the road signs of Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert…

Face lift: new cuts at The Times

Issue 40, Summer 2001


When technological developments at The Times demanded a change in the newspaper’s typography, a…

The end of typography: slow death by default

Issue 51, Spring 2004


Designing for the partially sighted: misguided guidlines

Type paintings of a digital artist

Issue 14, Autumn 1994


‘For the past five years, Neville Brody and his studio have embraced the computer…


Issue 7, Summer 1992


Modernism tried to break with the past; traditionalists embrace it. But any kind of ism is fated to…