Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Pink Is the New Black(letter)

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Pink Is the New Black(letter)

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Pink is the new black(letter) Fraktur Mon Amour By Judith Schalansky Verlag Hermann Schmidt / Princeton Architectural Press, Euros 49.80 / $75, £45 (2nd revised edition)

Reviewed by Paul Shaw

Since 1998, when Peter Bain and I staged the exhibition 'Blackletter: Type and National Identity' at the Cooper Union in New York, blackletter has increasingly shed its image as the province of Nazis, heavy-metal bands, beer brewers and churches. 'The typographical taboo surrounding blackletter has been broken, even if its use remains ambivalent, sometimes even contradictory,' says the Berlin-based designer Judith Schalansky. One measure of that change has been the design of T, The New York Times Style Magazine (art-directed by Janet Froelich), which has embraced the Textura 'T' as a blank canvas on which artists and designers can romp and play. Another is the publication of Fraktur Mon Amour by Schalansky, which is now in its second (revised and enlarged) edition.

Fraktur Mon Amour is essentially a compendium of currently available digital blackletter fonts (expanded to cover 333 of them) preceded by a few words by Schalansky and supplemented by a cd of 150 free fonts. Since its initial publication in 2006, it has been a raging success. …

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