There are many great things about the latest issue of Gratuitous Type, Elana Schlenker’s gorgeous printed publication celebrating this geekiest corner of the graphics world. The third instalment is the first based around a theme; kicking off with colour (or “color” as the Canadian publishers insist on having it…).
Firstly, it’s subtitled “A pamphlet of typographic smut” which is just a really excellent sentence whichever way you look at it. Secondly, it’s really nicely designed, from the die-cut wrap-around cover to the change-up of paper stock on the centrefold and the image-rich layouts. Thirdly, the names involved are eclectically international and uniformly excellent; from long-time favourites of ours like Hato Press, Hvass & Hannibal and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk (who designed the risograph postcard which comes with the magazine) to Bendita Gloria and Fanette Mellie.
But most of all what I love is that while typographic celebrations are often visual affairs, Elana’s editorial approach results in genuinely insightful interviews to run alongside the (plentiful) aesthetic perving on offer.
- Harley Weir and Jamie Reid explore the functions of the female body for Baron
- Haw-lin Services and Tim Schmitt on their sci-fi identity for Berlin Biennale
- Winning proposals for regeneration of Old Street Roundabout announced
- Designer Paw Poulsen turns celebrities such as Bill Gates and Elton John into typefaces
- Friday Mixtape: a genre-spanning mix from creative agency Mogollon
- Non-Verbal Club's typography-heavy, sleek identity for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
- Netflix unveils Netflix Sans, a new custom typeface developed with Dalton Maag
- Lacoste swaps famous crocodile logo for ten endangered species
- A chat with the Orwellian mastermind in charge of the UK town known as Scarfolk
- Will Anderson’s Bafta-nominated animation Have Heart follows a gif stuck in an infinite loop
- Original sets and puppets from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs to be exhibited in London
- Dive into Mikey Joyce's portfolio with its “healthy balance of calculated and convoluted silliness"