Magazine article Artforum International

Matthew Carter: The Creator of the Early Web Fonts Verdana and Georgia, Matthew Carter Is a Type Designer Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He Has Worked at Linotype and Bitstream, and since 1991 Has Been a Principal of the Firm Carter & Cone Type. His Most Recent Designs Are Carter Sans for Monotype Imaging, and Sitka for Microsoft. Photo: Steve Marsel

Magazine article Artforum International

Matthew Carter: The Creator of the Early Web Fonts Verdana and Georgia, Matthew Carter Is a Type Designer Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He Has Worked at Linotype and Bitstream, and since 1991 Has Been a Principal of the Firm Carter & Cone Type. His Most Recent Designs Are Carter Sans for Monotype Imaging, and Sitka for Microsoft. Photo: Steve Marsel

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1 CYRUS HIGHSMITH, INSIDE PARAGRAPHS: 'TYPOGRAPHIC FUNDAMENTALS (FONT BUREAU, 2012) Cyrus Highsmith is a type designer at the Font Bureau who also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. This book is the one he wishes he'd had when he was a student himself: a visual guide to what goes on inside a paragraph of text. Unlike most typography books, which focus on letters, Highsmith focuses on negative space--inside letters, between letters, between words, between lines--with the goal of helping students to see text as typographers do.

2 THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. BOSTON I like to take photographs in museums. So I'm grateful to museums (and libraries and galleries) that permit this, and resentful of those that don't. (They tend to blame their insurance companies.) My local art museum, the MFA Boston, is good in this regard; only the occasional loan exhibition is camera shy. Other museums I frequent are similarly enlightened. My thanks to them all.. And no, I don't use my iPhone to take surreptitious snaps when photography is forbidden, grumpy though I may be.

3 THE HAMILTON WOOD TYPE & PRINTING MUSEUM IN TWO RIVERS, WISCONSIN In the days of letterpress printing, the 1 lam 'Iron Manufacturing Company was the largest US producer of wood type. Now, at a time of revived interest in letterpress, it has transformed into a working museum with a fantastic collection of wood type (1.5 million pieces!) and the machinery used to manufacture and print it. There are workshops and an annual Wayzgoose festival (which sells out--book early). The Kartemquin Films documentary Typeface (2009) is a good introduction to Hamilton, but note that director Justine Nagan shot most of the film before the Moran brothers, Jim and Bill, began running the museum, greatly reinvigorating it.

4 MICHAEL RUSSEM, POSTAGE STAMPS BY AIGA MEDALISTS (KAT RAN PRESS, 2013) This book illustrates many fine designs from the past, going back to W. A. Dwiggins's hypothetical stamps, part of the American designer's 1932 proposal to reform the nation's paper currency, and includes stamps by Herbert Bayer, Saul Bass, Bradbury Thompson, Alvin Eisen.man, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and other recipients of the American Institute of Graphic Arts medal. The book itself is well designed and produced, worthy of its contents. I especially like Chris Pullman's quilt stamps from 1978.

5 P 0 PVLVS The inscriptional capitals of imperial Rome, attheir most imperious in the first and second cent ti ries AD, were the ultimate source of the earliest roman capitals, made in Venice toward the end of the fifteenth century. The task of marryingthese stately stone-carved forms to a lowercase alphabet from a separate pen-written tradition, not to mention to a set of numerals from yet another culture altogether, confronts type designers today as unavoidably as it did in the1470s. SumnerStone went back to inscriptional models for his l'opylvs capitals and grappled, as did his forerunners, with designing a lowercase that integrates harmoniously. Stone's elegantly resolved typeface is used for th is entry and can be seen in full at stonetypefoundry.com.

6. BILL THOMPSON, GYRO (ORANGE, GREEN, PURPLE), 2009 Bill Thompson, who is best known for his sculptural paintings, had an exhibition of prints at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design last year that included this mesmerizing triptych of aquatints. …

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