Peter Biľak (above) of Typotheque presents Works That Work, an upcoming magazine ‘dedicated to inspiration and observation’. Have a look at the website and be part of this project by ordering a copy or two. This magazine will be issued twice a year and the first edition is expected to ship in early 2013.
On Monday (9.10.2012) while still in bed I was woken by the sounds of postman’s hoary motorbike who had delivered a notice of arrival. Suspecting that he had left a pack of bills it wasn’t my plan to start the day by checking the letter box early in the morning, because to me; seeing bills isn’t that exciting at all. Despite my dubious assumptions twenty minutes later I was at the post office receiving a package — at last, for almost more than a month of anxiously waiting something historic had arrived.
How does an American born historian living in Holland write a book about an ancient nation’s 500 year old ritual? In my mind there are myriad of questions waiting to be answered and perhaps someday I will get answers to them. One thing however is certain; John A. Lane’s The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012 has exceeded my every expectation and the wait was worth it. At the moment I’m only about halfway through the book and a proper review will follow sometime soon, meanwhile you may want to look at these pictures.
On Wednesday while browsing random Typophile posts I ended up at Armenian Weekly’s website from where you can download the special PDF issue dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing. This week Codex, the journal of typography began accepting pre-orders for it’s second and third issues. Issue number 2 will ship in mid November according to the website. I’ve also noticed that ICTVC’s website has been updated, so check it out — www.ictvc.org.
Meet Lust; a spicy display family of six fonts. Looking at it feels like meditating visually and it fills you with a teasing excitement. Available for your viewing pleasures at lust.positype.com.
Probably one of most poetic and delightful movies that I have seen — Dersu Uzala (1975): a Russian language movie directed by Akira Kurosawa is about a Russian army explorer who befriends a native Siberian hunter. Together they develop a strong adoration and respects for each other throughout their experiences in the wilderness. The screenplay and cinematography are beyond excellent.
You can watch the movie on YouTube, where there is part 1 and part 2 with English captions or you can get the book on which the movie was based upon. There are also small scenes where letters and numbers appear in the movie to which I couldn’t pay no attention to (above).
Buyers of Impressionist and Modern art must have thought that they are being fooled when on November 25, 1959 an empty frame was held up for auction at Sotheby’s. It was announced in the catalogue as Lot 66, ‘Femme nue allongée,’ a pencil sketch by Modigliani: but so fine were the lines that those seated in the front few rows could even see them. But those who had looked closely had seen a fine drawing there, and it was eventually sold.
A 1937’s Gilbey’s Spey-Royal Scotch Whisky print ad with very rare 3D typography treatment for those times, found in the Illustrated London News. View in a much larger size on Flickr.