Letters

Regular Vernacular

Letters part 9: How the first printer in England chose English, and chose the future of the English Language.

Commercial Case

Letters part 8: How William Caxton turned patronage into a business, and became the first English printer.

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.