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>>  The Last Picture Dictionary?

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>>  TypeCast Webinar Series 

>>  Gourmet Typography and more at SVA 


TypeTalk: Hand-drawn Lettering

Q. Do you have any inspirational suggestions for creative type treatments to start off the new year?

A. Hand-drawn lettering is an excellent alternative to a traditional typeface. I'm not (necessarily) talking about fancy calligraphy or professionally drawn hand lettering, but informal letters that look like (or are) actual handwriting. Read on...




Word as Image

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. 

Rule: Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.

This is the premise of Word As Image, a book by graphic artist Ji Lee that invites you to see words and letters beyond their utilitarianism. But it is this magical promotional video, animated by Bran Dougherty-Johnson with sound design by Joel Pickard, that captured our attention in a big way. Check it out...



The Last Picture Dictionary?

Stoltze Design was an important contributor to the design of the fifth and final printed edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, the first dictionary of its kind to incorporate color illustrations. Stoltze had the honor of designing the cover, as well as the section opener for each letter, culling letterforms from iconic American imagery for the openers. Check it out...



The Best Typefaces of 2011

An atypical take on the typical "Best of..." typeface listing, by FontShop. Every selection is cleverly subtitled, including Hunkiest Quarterback, Best Imitation of a Historical Hand, Most Bodacious Script, as well as Versatile Helvetica/Futura Alternative. Check it out...



OpenType Demystified

OpenType Demystified, January 26

Even if you think you know what an OpenType font is, you will be blown away when you see all of the potential features, functionality, and built-in intelligence that this font format can contain. In fact, the fonts you use probably have more features than you even knew they had. Don't miss this eye-opening webinar to get the most out of the fonts you own, and the ones you might use in the future. Check it out...


Troubling Typesetting Mysteries: FREE OnDemand 


Love designing with type, but get frustrated by the occasional baffling behavior (typographically speaking) of your software? If you answered a disgruntled yes, then you are not alone. This FREE OnDemand webinar will explain and demystify some of the most frustrating typesetting tribulations that plague designers and production artists everywhere. View it here...


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Gourmet Typography and more at SVA in NYC

Class begins Tuesday, January 24, so hurry and register if you want to attend my Gourmet Typography class at School of Visual Arts in NYC. Learn the typographic skills and secrets of type experts, including selecting the right typeface, mixing type, techniques for emphasis, fine-tuning your type, kerning and spacing, type on the Web, as well as typographic dos and don'ts. Check it out...  


Also at SVA, check out James Montalbano's Typeface Design class. Whether you want to create a personal font for your own use, or you have an idea for a typeface that will take the design world by storm, this course will immerse you in the process of designing an original typeface and creating a font. Check it out...  

Gourmet TypographyThese are some of the groups that The Type Studio has worked with or appeared at:

Time Inc. | Essence Magazine
Hachette | Grand Central Publishing
Hagerty Insurance
SAS Analytics
Whole Foods
Harlequin Books
Integrated Marketing
GO Transit | Toronto
Nationwide Insurance
London Life
Alliance Atlantis
AIGA Boston
AIGA Philadelphia
AIGA Atlanta
TDC (Type Directors Club)
RGD Ontario
HOW Design Conference
UCDA Conference

View our complete client list here:


Let us know if your group is interested. For more info, email or call me at 203.227.5929. Ilene

"I want to thank you for the great workshop last Friday. You dusted off and reinforced all of those typographic rules that I have, and have not, lived by in all my years as a graphic designer."

"Your down-to-earth approach to type made the session breezy and fun, and I couldn't help but visually re-spacing all the headlines I had the time to linger on during my bumper-to-bumper drive back to home. Thanks again for reigniting my spark for type!"  
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