Specimens are boring! Creative minds don’t want to just look at pretty pictures, they want to draw their own stuff in the first place. So we talked to our friend, famous Czech book designer Martin Pecina (aka Typolenin) and he came up with a dos-à-dos sketchbook/primer with ten short texts on typographic refinements everyone should know about (small caps, case-sensitive punctuation, figures, ligatures, kerning, optical sizes, stylistic sets, swashes, contextal alternates, non-Latin scripts). Simple coloured glue binding, emboss, and pink colour. Martin’s sketches on type, your sketches of type.
You can buy it in the merchandise section.
2012 officially marked “Five Centuries of Armenian Printing”, and an anniversary book ‘The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012’ was published. The book commemorates the printers, their books, and their printing types from the first book printed in Venice to the present day. For technical and political reasons, all Armenian books were printed outside Armenia until 1771. The book was written by John A. Lane, a well-known historian of printing types, and contains a wealth of excellent illustrations. It accompanied the exhibition “The diaspora of the Armenian Book 1512-2012”, held at the Special Collections Library of the University of Amsterdam and at the National Library of Armenia in Yerevan.
The Armenian is set in Arek by Khajag Apelian, the English is set in Arnhem by Fred Smeijers. It was meticulously designed by Frederik de Wal.
Yerevan magazine is an Armenian periodical published in English and Russian since 2005, and in Armenian since summer 2011 (now terminated). Art-directors: Gegham Vardanyan, Arsen Kirakosyan. Arek features in the magazine headlines and text. Notably, both variants, the upright as well as the cursive Armenian, are used. It is particularly interesting to see how the designers made use of this unprecedented apparatus in Armenian typography.