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Here, Badson presents things of typographic interest, how type is doing outside of the font industry, and stories and features on Badson Projects not seen elsewhere. Check in weekly to discover social insights and behind the scenes at Badson.

This Week From the Desk

Kyle Read

The Type Director's Club of New York awarded their 2017 Medal to the lauded Dutch type designer Gerard Unger on Tuesday night the 18th. Dr. Gerard Unger is one of the most accomplished type designers working today. (Type Designers don't retire.) Unger now joins the ranks of an incredible list of type and graphic designers who have received the medal, but he is undoubtedly the most stylish


Type Together's Ulrik Holgrebe typed up an interview with the freshest dudes in town: Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel  on the birth and early life of their type foundry XYZ Type. Its got a few insights, and good ideas from the two type designers that is worth a read. 


I agree with Quipsologies, I don't know why I like it, but its a great motion study that's hella fun to stare at. 


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Kris Sowersby of Klim Type Foundry gave a radio interview to New Zealand Radio where he brings a public light to type designers. This is a half hour well spent. 


Alan Kitching's A-Z

One of the more covetable items to float by the desk this week was Alan Kitching's volume of Letterpress 'founts' (as the Aussies put it) “Alan Kitching's A—Z of Letterpress”. Printed in plain specimens, Kitching's collection of wood and letterpress-able type compiled in this way is a boost to any printer's or designer's bookshelf. The book is available from Laurence King Publishers


This week, the work of Andreas Gursky came up again, and if you're unfamiliar with his body of work filled with large scale photography and experiements in forma and landscape, then here's your change to study up. His work is worth seeing in a gallery if ever you get an opportunity. 


The esteemed 50/50 List of accomplished and deserved book and book cover designs for 2016 came out this week, take a look at some of your favorites, and poke around Design Observer for more design treats. 

This Week From the Desk

Kyle Read

Left a little light this week for type releases and conferences (The summertime usually starts explodes with activity at the beginning and the end but lulls in the middle), this week saw a lot of much needed visual inspiration float across the desk. From paintings to books to more books, take a look a few of the more imPRESSionable (sorry)  pieces we found noteworthy this week. 


Althoguh The Letterform Archive's site and identity have been live for a little while now, it's worth directing a few moments to the interview published by the Archive with Tânia Reposo (the site's designer) and Nick Sherman (the site's developer) to read about the process of bringing a fresh new face to the Letterform Archive. The Archive is such an incredible library, space, and resource that a creating a web home for it is no easy task, but check out the Archive here to really get into it. 


Taking the title of "Desireable Book of the Week" is this beaut from Duplo Press on the most thorough presentation of Risograph printing available. "Exploriso: Low Tech Fine Art". This thorough exploration of the history, capabilities, and historical significance of the Riso Printer is a can't miss for anyone interested in print or independent publishing. Grab it while you can at Duplo Press.


The paintings and publications of Richard Gorman are spacious, bold, and engaging. Explore all of his work at the Kerlin Gallery


Graphisme En France, the thorough and engaging Periodical, came available online this week for download. If you've been feeling light on your design reading lately, here's your chance to get back into the game. Download the latest digital issue—a deep dive into of Logos & Visual Identities— here

This Week From the Desk

Kyle Read

Typographica's Best of 2016

This week, the undoubted king of type news has to be the release of Typographica's Best of 2016 List. If you're new to the scene, or have been living under a rock, Typographica's Best Of Lists have become a joyously awaited tradition where top type minds get to talk type, design, and critique with passion and gusto, highlighting the most noteworthy typefaces of the last calendar year. This year's selections are not surprising, and if you've been following this blog, you'll probably recognize a lot of familiar faces. Many congrats go to Stephen Coles, the staff and writers of this year's list, and all the winners named. Spend a few hours—or if you're anything like me, a few days—pouring over the incredible work presented in the list, and get inspired to get on the list next year. 


As if there needed to be more ground breaking type industry news this week, Fontstore launched, and it demands a little attention. Fontstore is a new font subscription platform designed for designers with an exclusive library of fonts. With a slick interface and a tight sales pitch, Fontstore is looking to be a studio-hold name for only $15 a month. Will Fontstore become the go-to platform for designers to buy and handle fonts? Does Fontstore present more of a threat or a benefit to the type industry and type designers? We'll have to wait and see. 


Xavier Dupré released his most recent project this week: a 4 weighted family named Malis. Malis is an example of calculated risk in type design. In today's day in age, it's easy to give in to teh desire to interpolate 50 weights between barely-there hairlines, and supermassive black hole bolds. Malis comes in 4 weights, designed carefully for the digital world it will perform in. Well dont, Xavier. See and shop Malis on Fontstore.


This site is a must see: Typography that reacts to music, touch, and a slew of other things, all in the context of poster design. I can't get enough of this. 


Production Type (ballers) in association with Google Fonts launched a potentially earth-shifting project this week: Spectral. By far the best attempt to put Variable Fonts in the hands of actual customers, the Spectral Project is a type face, an app, and really more of an exhibition in Interaction Design than Type Design. Spectral's fun albeit intense minisite is part science lab, part type specimen, with no shortage of surprises to help you discover the ins and outs of this new-to-everyone parametric format. I hope to write more about Spectral here on the Badson Blog soon, as there are a lot of ideas at play in this project—both inspiring and worrisome—but for now let's just enjoy what a time to be alive it is with the release of Spectral!


Brand New featured the restoration of the Goode Co. branding on their blog this week. You can usually spot the lively lines of Jessica Hische'a work anywhere, and this is no different, its great to see her work out in the wild. Brand New describes the project as "the equivalent of finding a car in a junkyard and restoring it to shiny glory." Can't disagree.


In news regarding well designed editorial pieces, Kinfolk landed on the desk this week, and it's a stunner. Issue 24 highlights Art Direction easily humming along at 3000 RPM with no end in sight. Perhaps the best part about Kinfolk is how they marry their print and online platforms... seamless.  


The NBA is rolling out a logo and type refresh after almost 50 years. Commercial Type worked alongside Erik van Blokland to customize their Action Condensed for the NBA. Tall, strong, and sharp... if there's a more perfect match for the NBA, I don't know what it would be. Read the official press release from the NBA here