A Justified Text

Letters part 7: In which the potential of a machine created to print perfect bibles disrupts the religious order it sought to celebrate.

The Font Foundry

Letters part 6: The reason fonts are made in foundries, the etymological clues that guide us towards the font of all wisdom, and an introduction to the foundational role a font foundry played in founding the Modern Era. 

Better Read

Letters part 5: How increasing literacy in the Middle Ages spurred demand for new script, new writing material, and a whole new way of reproducing books a page at a time.


Descent to Ascent

Letters part 4: In which islands of literacy fostered the written word through the collapse of one empire, leading to the creation of the typeface that would secure the survival of another.

Look in a Book

Letters part 3: The indelible impact of books on the history of typography; how these compact and durable word holsters carried the Latin alphabet to distant lands, opening new frontiers of literacy and letterforms.

Capital City Letters

Letters part 2: How ancient Romans turned bad handwriting into a monumental type and forever changed the way we would use our alphabet; from serifs, to capitals, to the third most popular font of all time.