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Character References: On Emigre type specimens

Earlier this year, Gingko Press published Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016, a comprehensive collection of Emigre’s distinctive print samplers. A couple years previous, I went through my personal collection of their specimens dating back to the early 1990s and wrote this appreciation for a project that wasn’t realized. However, on the (late) occasion of Emigre’s …

Transmission (Part 2)

Eight years later, the revision still stings logo connoisseurs. In “How to Ruin a Great Design” in the March 13, 2011 New York Times, design critic Alice Rawsthorn categorized it as a “crime against design.” “…UPS did this by replacing the wonderful “present” logo designed by Paul Rand in 1961, with a dispiritingly bland version …

Superheroism

Recently, my family was watching an episode of Fringe, and I began giving my kids the names of the typefaces used in the opening credits. This caused Emma to immediately shout out, “Typeman! The man with the lamest superpower!” I laughed until I cried. And to further immortalize my alter ego, she provided a portrait …