9 April 2021
The "Caslon," typeface was designed by William Caslon I (1692–1766,) Britain's first and most celebrated typefounder. Caslon is used to set the quote above.
Ironically, rather than using an American font, the first printed version of the United States Declaration of Independence is set in Caslon. This may have been the influence of Benjamin Franklin. Not only was he a scientist and one of the founding fathers of the United States of America—he was also a printer. He loved the fonts made by William Caslon so much that he hardly used anything else.
Caslon has been revived at various times over the past 300 years, and it continues to be a standard in typography even to this day. Here at MOTHandRUST, it is one of our favourites. It is perfect for something timeless; it will never look dated. It is versatile and can work for most applications. For a more current look, it pairs nicely with modern typefaces. And it’s just beautiful.
15 February 2019RICHARD PRINCE joke seriesHi MLE, How the written word can be used to convey a message, not only literally, but also visually, as always been a bit of an obsession for me. Religious calligraphy, dada poetry, even people’s handwriting… So, when Richard Prince’s “Early Joke Paintings” came to London, at the Skarstedt Gallery, I had to check it out.Spanning the period from 1988 - 1992, the format for each joke it always the same. Each joke is isolated on a large canvas, painted in plain block letters against a field of colour.On a canvas in a gallery, they seem strangely out of context. The jokes get repeated, reframed. They go from funny to not funny to annoying.As Time Out's Eddy Frankel said, "Maybe the joke’s on us. And if it is, then it’s absolutely hilarious."I noticed that one of these paintings sold recently for $2.5 USD. If I had the cash, I would definitely invest.Have a nice weekend!Suzan
10 June 2016
Hey Hey the MLE,
A couple weeks ago I got the latest newsletter from Hoefler&Co Fonts which discussed stylistic sets for webfonts. Always a bit exciting for me, as it shows that we have taken another little step forward to achieving more control over type online.
As you can see in the images above, there are many controls: commercial ampersands, raised punctuation, short-tailed Qs, etc etc... *rubs hands together.
Okay, true that stylistic sets have been around for awhile now, but I haven't really jumped on using them, as there was still some questions re browser support as well as load times. But now these are less of an issue, I am looking forward to trying them out.
Have a nice weekend my friend,
15 November 2012
Hey hey MLE,
Well well well, finally here are the photos I took while at the Type Directors Club 2012 exhibition at JWT here in London back in October. Was worth checking out (and not just for the free drinks). I've included a dozen photos of my favourites, no need to comment thankfully. I'm sure it will inspire something somehow whether it is type overlaid on top each other several times, joined together with blue tape, or printed in irritatingly jarring colours. All good stuff.
Looking forward to our meet in the morning. Though I can't stand mornings...
20 March 2012
After reading this, I felt surprised someone hasn't thought of this before. All those lovely little scrabble letters just waiting for type nerds to style...
As you can see, it comes packaged with a walnut drawer and sells for $199 USD.
You can read the article here.
Your best type nerd friend 4eva,