Write Type

Letters part 21: the origins of the machine that allowed us to write directly with type.

Invert Stress

Letters part 20: The story of inverted stresses and the evolution of an iconic American type.

Sans Roman

Letters part 19: the antique origins of a clean break from one of typography's long-standing traditions.

Bold Branding

Letters part 18: How the Industrial Revolution created a new market for marketing—and fonts.

Industrial Prints

Letters part 17: The changes wrought in literacy by the advent of mass printing and paper-making machines at the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Modern Display

Letters part 16: How the early 19th century's finest type failed as text and succeeded as the a breakout display font.