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Typographics 2016 June 13-23

This year again, TypeLab—moderated by Petr van Blokland—took place as a lively side-program at Typographics. You were invited to participate. While on the main stage topics can only be formal presentations, at TypeLab they may be put into practice.

Calligraphy: Jeremiah

I will post some new lettering here occasionally, either a finished piece; a sketch of work in progress or a warm-up exercise.

Four years ago, Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals was published.

Since then, the English edition has been reprinted once, and other editions were published in Japanese, French, Spanish, and Polish. I have heard comments of all kinds from readers, students, and teachers. And I have had a chance to reflect…

Luke and Longnose

Book jacket lettering for publisher Houghton Mifflin.


A small sampling of custom lettering.

The making of Bitcount

The Bitcount project started in the late 1970s as an experiment to find the minimum amount of pixels necessary to make a full set of ASCII characters. As normal as that may seem today, it wasn’t then.

Sloop poster

The original Sloop poster designed to promote the release of this popular script family.

Escrow goes big and small

Cyrus Highsmith designed 44 styles in this new Scotch series. Escrow sets the tone of the front page of The Wall Street Journal, envy of the newspaper industry. “Escrow is the spectacular element holding the whole thing together” Design Director…

Bickham Script Pro 3

After 20 years, Richard Lipton’s Bickham Script Pro 3 has finally reached the finish line.

Hoffmann poster

The original Hoffmann poster launching the release of this unique san serif family.

Avalon poster

The original Avalon poster launching the release of this calligraphic design.


Richard Lipton comes from a calligraphic background and always enjoys a chance to ignore his computer by occasionally accepting a lettering commission.