If you like Helvetica …

… you’ll love Geneviève Gauckler’s New Year drawing for the Guardian. But in the true visually-poor-web-content-compared-to-print tradition, her work does not appear on the Guardian’s site. (Boo! Hiss!) So here’s a link to her blog instead. Happy New Year!

The pleasures of pastiche

‘The pastiche project’ will be familiar to Reading Typography graduates of a certain age. The task was to design, and then typeset and print, a small document which reflected a particular historical style – the work of a great printer, or a piece of familiar ephemera from the Department’s collection. The project, of course, made you think quite hard about exactly what part of the presentation of an object embodied its visual essence, and to consider whether the resources available now (in those days metal types, of course) were sufficiently similar to the historical model to pass muster.

My note on the typography of Mad Men shows how difficult it is to reproduce the familiar items of the recent past accurately. So, for your edification, two pastiches produced as Christmas ephemeral items: wine lists based on designs by Jan Tschichold and Horace Hart. The Tschichold uses City and Bauer Bodoni, both reasonably accurate digital redrawings of metal designs. The Hart pastiche (based on a table in Notes on a century of typography at the University Press, Oxford, 1693–1794) uses the careful digitizations of Fell made by Igino Marini. If you think they could be improved, be sure to let me know.

Last chance to see …

… Vivian Ridler’s Christmas cards (actually cards sent to him) at the Bodleian Library until Christmas. Talking about cards, you can download this year’s Luna’s Café card from here.

Some links to follow

David Pearson’s own website is here. You can also see his new classic cover designs for White’s Books here.

This is James Morrison’s blog criticizing cover designs. And here is Steven Heller’s at Print magazine.

There’s a piece about Faber’s covers for their on-demand publishing in the current issue of Print.