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>>  Kerning: Principles and Practice 

>>  Calligraphy: A Demonstration

>>  The Best Book Cover Designs of 2011

>>  TypeCast Webinar Series 

>>  Bring Gourmet Typography to you! 


TypeTalk: The Anatomy of a Character

Knowing the terminology for the anatomy of a character might seem like a painful exercise in memorization, but it's actually useful knowledge for any design professional. Not only does it make it easier to communicate about typefaces and their characteristics, but it also serves to educate your eye to recognize the underlying structure of typeface designs, as well as the differences between them. Read on for article and downloadable PDF...




Kerning: Principles and Practice

The art of kerning is one of the most misunderstood and improperly executed of typographic skills. It is also one of the most difficult to teach and explain, especially in today's digital world where it must be done looking at pixels, and not analog line art. These three articles will explain, demystify, and demonstrate the art of kerning:

Kerning principles...     Kerning in action...    Three-letter approach to kerning...


Calligraphy demo

Calligraphy: A demonstration

A stunning series of four videos created by Luca Barcellona and Francesca Biasetton to promote calligraphy and demonstrate different tools and writing styles for teaching. Don't miss these beautiful, hypnotic videos, even if you've never picked up a pen or a brush.

Part 1...    Part 2...    Part 3...    Part 4...



The Best Book Cover Designs of 2011

Book cover design can be a stellar platform for typographic creativity and expression. Hensher Creative has complied an inspiring list of their favorites, which combine powerful yet understated typography and lettering combined (and often intertwined) with exciting imagery. Check it out...


The Book Cover Archive is another great resource. Take a look...




TypeCast Webinars is a brand, new series of affordable type and design webinars for professionals. All sessions are given by top-notch, award-winning presenters, and are available both live and OnDemand. The current offerings include:


Web Fonts Explained by Ilene Strizver on February 23

Drawn, quartered and executed: Custom letterforms by Gerard Huerta on March 8

What "type" is your logo by Jeff Fisher on March 22

Creating concept-driven, one-of-a-kind type solutions by Mc&C on April 26

Tabs, Indents, Bullets and Lists in Adobe InDesign by Scott Citron on April 19


Troubling Typesetting Mysteries: Solved at last! (FREE)

The 10 Worst Type Crimes

OpenType Demystified

Type on the Web


Stay tuned for a complete online course in Gourmet Typography available to students, educators, and typography enthusiasts alike. Assignments and critiques optional. Group and academic discounts available.


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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

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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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