2 April, 2008
Just a quick note to let Londoners know that the Editorial Design Organization will be hosting an evening of editorial typography, featuring Janet Froelich of the New York Times Magazine, and Jonathan Hoefler of H&FJ. Free to EDO members, £20 for non-members, £5 for students.
American Night at the EDO
Wednesday, April 9, 6:00-9:00pm
Rootstein Hopkins Space
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ
Inquiries to Gill Branston, 020 8906 4664
11 January, 2008
Large Hats & Small Caps
Having begun the week with Senator Barack Obama's typeface, it seemed appropriate to look back at the typography of campaigns past. Here's a splendid piece of Americana that will be at auction at Christie's next week: a carved polychrome and gilt political hat, dated 1872, from the collection of Marguerite and Arthur Riordan. It captures a number of quintessential period styles: bold sans serifs in caps and small caps, "catchwords" festooned with calligraphic flourishes, and two styles of lettering interrupted by medial spurs. Measuring 25" deep and 18" wide, it's a perfect fit for the head of any 21st century politician. —JH
10 October, 2007
Rocky Mountain Type High (.9186 inch)
A quick invitation for everyone who's coming to Denver this weekend for Next: the AIGA Design Conference: Jonathan and Tobias will be speaking on Friday at 2:15, discussing how recent changes in the profession have brought about what might be the end of historical typography, and what this means for designers going forward. (They'll also be offering a rare sneak preview of some projects that will debut in 2008.) A conference schedule appears here — come and join the conversation!
10 September, 2007
Eight Screenings; Five Degrees
The New York premiere of Helvetica sold out so quickly that Tobias and I almost didn't get seats, and we're in the film. So get your tickets now for the NYC cinema run, which starts Wednesday at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Director Gary Hustwit will be on hand for a few of the screenings, as will Tobias Frere-Jones and Michael Bierut — check the film's calendar for the full scoop.
BREAKING — It's through Helvetica that we're connected to David Carson, through Addicted to Love that he's connected to Matthew Broderick, through War Games that Matthew's connected to Maury Chaykin, and through Where the Truth Lies that Maury's connected to Kevin Bacon, bringing the H&FJ Bacon Number to a sizzling four. — JH