This Week From the Desk

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. 

Everything You Need to Know About Fonts

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. 

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