Letters

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.

Letters part 1: An introduction to the backwards anachronisms that make BLKBK great typographers of the Latin alphabet, reimagining ancient form, drawing on legacies and traditions older than papyrus, fusing the methods of ancient script-writing with contemporary technology.