Letters is the story of type. Our fonts are cutting-edge digital, hand-crafted analogue—their heritage is written in the intertwining histories of design, technology, literacy, and everything else. This is where we pay our respects. To read the series from the beginning, click here. Find our latest issues below.

Hip Hop

A NY subway train with graffiti

Letters part 43: how NYC made graffiti one of the four elements of hip hop

Spray Paint

Spray paint for better letters

Letters part 40: the invention of spray paintan introduction to 20th century graffiti

Type Classification

Gill Sans - how do we classify this type?

Letters part 39: A look at mid-century type classification, featuring the Vox-ATypI type classification scheme.