Type design notes

Some works and some thoughts on type design and typography.

Paul Renner

9 April 2022
One more from the archive. A slim brochure, wrapped in a warm grey soft cover, published on the occasion of Paul Renner’s 125th birthday which was celebrated with a small exhibition in Wernigerode in 2003. Continue ...


12 June 2021
There is quite an impressive tradition of students and teachers which I somehow managed to miss. Continue ...

Good typography

15 January 2021
Grotext™, Litteratra®, Tiptoe™ constitute our first trilogy of typefaces, embodying our theory of good typography and type, some aspects of which we covered in a series of notes. Continue ...

Schaut her!

10 March 2020
Kerl™ lending his face to exhibition and catalog dedicated to post-war photographer Toni Schneiders. Continue ...

Isar Alm

31 October 2019
Litteratra® auf der Isar Alm zum Gartl in München: Continue ...

ABCs for Chanel

7 June 2019
Refined the Chanel and CC logos as well as the mode house’s iconic display typeface. Designed a new text typeface whose italic style, almost fifteen years later, got featured prominently now. Continue ...

CMON’s Arcadia Quest

25 October 2018
Litteratra® as title and headline typeface for the board game Arcadia Quest, spotted at the Spiel ’18 fair in Essen today. Continue ...

Gal-Or’s Electric Trees

19 October 2017
Grotext™ on and in Jenny Gal-Or’s & Eran Gal-Or’s book Electric Trees. Continue ...

Jumbling up letters for The New School

25 October 2015
Designed a mechanism that automatically jumbles up different-width letter variants – which mechanism constitutes the heart of The New School’s new identity designed by Paula Scher. Continue ...

The Amazon Post

7 November 2019
Litteratra® heading hypothetical The Amazon Post: Continue ...

Eggleston’s Los Alamos Revisited

11 January 2013
Slipcase cover for William Eggleston’s Los Alamos Revisited. Continue ...

Fraktur letters for ‘The Brill’

11 February 2012
Fraktur letters which I designed for the Brill typeface. Continue ...

Masareel’s La Ville and Mon Livre d’heures

20 December 2011
Tiptoe™ accompanies Frans Masareel’s woodcuts in new editions of La Ville and Mon Livre d’heures. Continue ...

Eggleston’s Chromes

11 November 2011
Slipcase cover for William Eggleston’s Chromes. Continue ...

Elegant inconsistencies

25 October 2011
The gilded lettering on the front side of the Opera in Paris features an interesting inconsistency, differently constructed O and Q. Continue ...

DF Rialto dancing with DT Naskh

6 October 2010
Giovanni de Faccio’s and Lui Karner’s df Rialto dancing with DecoType’s Naskh in Robert Bringhurst’s Everywhere Being is Dancing. Continue ...

ATypI 2010 Dublin

10 September 2010
A little KLTF discount coupon, nicely printed by Letterpress 77, in the ATypI 2010 goodie bag. Continue ...

Typodarium 2010

12 August 2010
Tiptoe™, Litteratra®, and Grotext™ in Typodarium 2010. Continue ...

Crumb in concert

31 October 2008
Not about type design, yet: Continue ...

Thank you Microsoft!

23 July 2007
Not about type design, strictly speaking, but about digital typography: about WPF and ‘flow documents’. Continue ...

Kordon’s Der erste Frühling

3 May 2007
An early version of Grotext™ on and in Christoph Heuer’s comic adaptation of Klaus Kordon’s Der erste Frühling. Continue ...

ATypI 2006 Lisbon

11 October 2006
Litteratra® on the impressive banner for ATypI 2006 Lisbon at the Faculdade de Belas Artes. Continue ...

Spacing issues

7 September 2005
Spacing Issues is s text on fine typographic spacing and the merits of spacing punctuation marks generously. Since English speaking typographers claim that this may be ok for European but definitely not British or American typography, I try to show that until just a few decades ago, punctuation marks indeed were spaced in both British and American books. Download ...

Issues in the creation of
a flexible document format

1 May 1998
Customized Digital Books on Demand / Issues in the Creation of a Flexible Document Format suggests a document format which combines the typographic finesse of PDF and the flexibility of HTML/CSS. The article can be found in Visible Language, 32.2, Rhode Island, 1998, pp 128–149.
(Some ten years later, Microsoft’s WPF appeared to be my dream come true, if only for a while as it appears to have been dropped in favor of HTML5/CSS3.)

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