News/Blog Category: Typography

I dreamt I stabbed you in the eye

posted on 28th Jan 2019

If you haven’t seen Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite you are missing out. It is no normal 18th century English drama. It centres on Queen Anne (played by Olivia Coleman) who is traumatised and in ill-health, her longtime friend and adviser Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) who is the Duchess of Marlborough and her cousin Abigail Masham (Emma... Gimme More »

Grammar Vigilante

posted on 14th Jan 2019

Whilst graphic designers aren't the best spellers in the world, they're known for being sticklers for detail. One of our greatest flaws is never being able to switch off. When out and about there could be any number of design crimes that make our hearts sink, our brows furrow and our eyes twinge! Thankfully, there's a hero among us - The Grammar... Gimme More »

A Choc delight

posted on 29th Nov 2018

Chic french script font
The New York Times recently ran a story about a 1950s French font that, as they describe it, has ‘taken over’ New York. The typeface has proliferated on storefronts in parts of the city, especially on Asian food shops and restaurants signage. It’s a script font called Choc and was designed by Roger Excoffon. ... Gimme More »

Five bespoke typefaces we want to get our hands on!

posted on 27th Jul 2018

I recently read an article in It's Nice That, an online design magazine, by Nayoung Kim talking about custom typefaces and if they are worth the hype: Custom is a magic word. Everyone wants to be unique, different, special. In an increasingly homogeneous globalised world, we crave exclusivity and individuality. Customisation allows for... Gimme More »

Crouching cyclist, hidden bear: The best hidden messages in everyday logos

posted on 13th Jul 2018

Museum of London logo
Teeling Whiskey Have you heard about the bird? I was enlightened about the meaning behind this whiskey’s logo during a tour of their Dublin 8 HQ. At a glance you might pass this logo over as a gothic bird in flight - something akin to the tattoo your boyfriend got on his Leaving Cert. holiday perhaps. The bird is, upon sober inspection, a... Gimme More »

A typeface you can see and feel

posted on 31st May 2018

Most people, like myself, have little or no understanding of braille - the universal tactile writing system used by and for the visually impaired. As a consequence, sighted people tend to overlook or consider braille as important. As a designer, I have never had to incorporate it in my designs. But this got me thinking - shouldn’t we be... Gimme More »