The Utah Monolith and the American Landscape

A 3d rendering of a monolith floating above a grassy field.
A 3d rendering of a monolith floating above a grassy field.
Illustration by the author


Notes toward a continuous framework for screen typography

A curved plane is drawn on a stylised, 3d coordinate system.
A curved plane is drawn on a stylised, 3d coordinate system.


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Cropped version of an image originally published in The Mail Online with the caption: Thousands of Britons ignored repeated warnings to stay home as part of ongoing efforts to clamp down on coronavirus by heading to DIY stores, parks and beaches on Sunday.

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Traditional letterpress is seeing a bit of a comeback amongst design students at the moment, but the finite number of typefaces in any one workshop can be limiting. However, if you can get access to a laser cutter, you can adapt any digital typeface for letterpress relatively quickly and cheaply. Here’s how:

Material

  • 3mm Acrylic (About £16 for an A2 sheet)
  • 18mm MDF board (about £7)
  • 3mm Greyboard for padding (about £2)
  • PVA (about £5)
  • Pencil, Masking tape, metal ruler

Tools

  • Laser Cutter
  • Bandsaw (Alternatively an electric Jigsaw)
  • Illustrator CC

Drawing the Typeface

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For my project I drew this 19th century-style display type.

Max Kohler

May I interest you in some panopticon?

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