Category Archives: Books and Magazines

Typeface Memory Game

This Christmas, I proudly received one of the coolest gifts of the past years: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog: Typeface Memory Game, by Fabio Prata and Flavia Nalon from Bis Publishers.

After trying to buy it a couple of times from Amazon (they continually postponed its shipping), I forgot about it. Yesterday, on a gift exchange during a traditional Holy Kings dinner (that we celebrate in Portugal, but is mainly celebrated in Spain), I received a small package from Isabel A. To my surprise it was the long awaited Memory Game!

Detail of the Typeface Memory Game, 2010 Bis Publishers

We quickly unwrapped it and browsed all the cards. The game consists in 25 pairs of standard sized, double-faced, one color, but surprisingly thick (built to last?) cards. Each one depicting a specimen and the credits of well-known typefaces. At least the majority of them.

A nice surprise was to find Lucas de Groot’s Thesis (my favorite typeface of all time), followed by Mário Feliciano’s ever popular Flama (at least one Portuguese representative in the slim list of typefaces). In the package we also found lots of famous fonts, like Caroll Twombly’s Trajan, Bruce Rogers’ Centaur and even Sibylle Hagmann’s Cholla (this last one is specially for you Isabel!)

This is the perfect (typophile) gift. Fun to use, great to collect and it has lots of potential use in the classroom. I highly recommend it. I just wish that BIS Publishing would issue a second volume…

P.S.: Buy it from my US Amazon store, or from my UK Amazon store.

Livraison 13 – Language and Typography

Livraison nº13 (from their website)

Just ordered the latest issue of Livraison. I’ve been reading the short summary, and, for an Art Magazine, it sure looks good. May I say it even looks like a Typography Magazine. Lots of interesting pieces from well known designers, like Peter Bil’ak, Lo Celso and Truchet.  At a glance I don’t recognize anyone else, but going through the pieces’ title and description I can’t wait to read it. Get it now (only 16€). Via Le Typographe.

Read more about this issue on Livraison’s website:

Livraison, a contemporary arts journal and, on the occasion of this issue, a journal of graphic design, addresses the field of language and typography. Physical matter of writing and of the thought that it materializes, typography is the meeting point of a linguistic content and a visual sign,…

[...] Peter Bil’ak’s History updates these references, and answers to Frutiger with a higher bid…

[...] “History” is also examined in the contributions by Benoît Buquet, Sonia de Puineuf, and Victor Guégan, in the light of avant-garde languages.

[...] Olivier Deloignon addresses the immediacy of signs imposed on onlookers in the time of reading.

[...] Annick Lantenois resumes the study of functionalist radicalism and the will to “negotiate with the negative connotations associated to emptiness and void” in 20th century.

[...] Stéphane Darricau [...] the difficult problem of the choice of type

[...] Lucille Guigon – having recently completed a post-degree program at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Amiens – also explores the field of language with a typographic creation that sculpts text and subtly diverts perception.

[...] Alejandro Lo Celso grounds his own work on the universe of Perec

[...] Roxane Jubert, collaborating with artist M.A. Thébault, delivers a typographic “play” under constraint based on the sonority of letter J;

[...] Titus Nemeth, with his Nassim, reintroduces the issue of relationships between different writing systems.

[...] Caroline Fabès and Sébastien Truchet systematically and mathematically deconstruct the material of text and letter.

[...] Thomas Huot-Marchand tests the habits and the abilities of readers.

[...] Kader Mokaddem presents a series of textual mappings

[...] Fabrice Sabatier addresses short forms, between irony and the derisiveness of the everyday.

By opening new lines of thought and crossing itineraries, this specific issue wishes to explore the relationships that typography maintains with language, a structuring feature of our relationship to the world. Typographically figured, the field of language is reorganized in a transversal way. More than any other visual practice, typography cannot do without the speech that goes through it, nor can it spare its creators bound to update its conditions of existence.