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The Creative Type: What’s New with Nicole Phillips


Nicole Phillips continues to be a leading voice in the world of modern type. From her studio in Brisbane, Australia, Nicole is on a mission to broaden our understanding of the importance of both typography and the printed page. Her Typograph.Journals are incredible resources for lovers of type. I have all three volumes and have really benefited from the insightful and educational approach Nicole integrates into these stunningly-designed books. You should really check them out.

I recently discovered that Nicole updated her website and added what I consider to be an invaluable resource: the Typograph.Glossary. This is the kind of resource that absolutely needs to be bookmarked by all type lovers, graphic designers and branding pros. Let’s let Nicole tell us more about the glossary and the new website.

typographher - Type Glossary

The site refresh looks amazing! What precipitated the change?
I am really excited about publishing tangible documents but the constraints of physical production mean I can’t share all of the great work being created by our community in print. Also some information (like events) are time critical and make more sense to spotlight them in pixels rather than print. So I set out to transform the site into a platform to publish and share digital content. Another big goal with the rebuild was to help discover more talent by encouraging people to share the work they are proud of.

My favorite new feature is the glossary. Can you tell us about it? Who do you think will benefit from using it?
Thank you Brett! So far the glossary feedback from community has been great. I am very aware that many of the people reading the journal and engaging with the online content are new to design and typography. I want to develop content (and tools) that are accessible, inclusive and informative so I thought the glossary would be a really good way to visually demonstrate and some of the terminology/vernacular and anatomy at play in a format (and language) that is easily understood. I hope over time it will become a learning resource for our creative community – It is still a work in progress and I will be adding terms and functionality to it was the list of type vocabulary grows.

Initially I thought mainly design students would engage with the glossary but that hasn’t been the case at all – a wide cross section of creatives are finding it a useful tool so I am feeling really encouraged I am on the right track with it!

Typograph.Journal vol 3. Type Guide by Nicole Phillips

Typograph.Journal Volume.03

What’s on the horizon for The TypographHer?
In pixels –
I recently kicked off a new student spotlight series (I already have lots of great emerging talent lined up to feature). I have also started to interview people who make type (and letters) in different mediums to document their methodology and am looking forward to the next instalment in that series with a feature on local Neon Artist Michael Blazek.

In print –
I am currently collaborating on a couple of artist books and a letterpress print series. Volume 04 of the TypographJournal is underway, and I am writing & designing a new book (its actually a workshop in print format) with a series of guided drawing exercises to help people explore construction, legibility/readability/functionality and also the expressive potential of letterforms.

In the flesh –
I am planning an exhibition in the new year to showcase more TypeTalent from Australia (to coincide with the launch of volume 04 of the journal) and also look forward to hosting and delivering more type-centric workshops and events in Australia and New Zealand in 2016.

Nicole Phillips:

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View from the Desktop: Handmade News for the Week of July 26, 2015

clothes, PRINT & INK, View From the Desktop

VFTD-072615I’m sitting in the LAB tonight (Sunday, July 25) reviewing my notes for the week and realizing that I’m about to set my self up for some big time irony with this post.

I found a great resource that features a bunch of new indie magazines that I’m pretty psyched to share with you. Meanwhile, I’m reading the latest issue of the very non-indie Wired and totally loving it. There is an article on page 44 about must-hear podcasts that I’m looking forward to adding to my iTunes list. Hey, creativity comes from all over the place, right?

I’ve had a Wired subscription for years and it has always proved to be a good read. However, the indie magazine universe is putting out some incredibly inspiring stuff and I’m happy to support the creatives behind them as well. Besides some great new indie mags to add to your reading list this week, we’re going to take a look at the newly-renovated and renamed world of The Designers Foundry, formerly known as Ten Dollar Fonts. First up, our featured handmade news find, the Henten SS/15 collection.

Henten Bags: Only The Essentials

The Henten bag, like so many iconic designs, has a really interesting origin. According to the Henten website, it’s this:

[faktory_blockquote title=”The History of the Henten Bag” subtitle=”via Henten Bag” size=”normal”]In 1926, a group of Finnish artists made the decision to turn their own lives into an art form. In an undoubtedly Dadaist spirit, they embarked on a never-ending journey which took them to the major cities of Europe and Africa.

The only condition for taking part in this journey was to only carry that part of one’s life and work that could fit into a handbag. Only the bare minimum, the truly essential things. What was most cherished. xx For the occasion, the sculptor Håvard Henten produced a simple design. He devised a leather bag in which he could keep his notebook of imaginary maps, a pen, a deck of cards, the portrait of a woman, a red shirt, and several dozen of the famous micro sculptures which he used to make, and which he would gradually abandon throughout the trip.

His artitistic work, scattered around differents parts of the world, did not make history. What did, however, was the design of his bag. The Henten Bag.[/faktory_blockquote]

Interesting isn’t it? The current collection of bags, produced by hand in Barcelona, is a study in modern style with minimal embellishment. For instance the Nauta bags are made with soft, calf leather and feature three tones. The bags are definitely designed to encourage carrying just the essentials, following the original intent of the bags. There are other really great designs in the Henten shop, so take a few minutes to explore it for yourself.

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The Designers Foundry: New Website & More


If you’ve been a reader of the LAB for the past few years, you know that I’ve been a fan of Ten Dollar Fonts for quite some time. I’ve followed Daniel McQueen’s work from TDF’s Big Cartel shop to what it is today: one of the best places to find affordable fonts for personal and commercial use. With growth comes change, and Ten Dollar Fonts has now become The Designers Foundry. Why the change? The TDF team explains:

[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Change” subtitle=”The Designers Foundry ” size=”normal”]After 9 months hard work, a few sleepless nights, 1726 emails and hundreds of litres of coffee; we are super proud to announce some exciting changes to TDF. Among the changes, TDF (formally Ten Dollar Fonts) has been given a new name, a total rebrand and a new website.

Although not an easy decision to make, we felt that our name change to The Designers Foundry was a necessary step as it better reflects our core values as individual TDF members. The Designers Foundry (TDF) has evolved from a single display font being sold from a Tumblr blog in 2012 into a global team of type designers who all share the same goal of building a refined resource of great fonts that accessible and affordable for all.[/faktory_blockquote]

You can read more about the changes that the TDF team has made on their blog. I think you’ll love what you see over there. One of my favorite font finds comes from the TDF collection: PARQA, designed by Marco Oggian. It’s a thing of beauty.


Can’t make up your mind? Why not pick up the Sampler Book, a set featuring 30 fonts in the TGF collection? It’s free if you spend over $69, but at $18.99, it’s a steal nonetheless. Take a look around the new TDF and let us know which font is your favorite.

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Print Lives! More Indie Mags to discover

I’ll readily admit that I have a soft spot for indie magazines, as can be evidenced here, here, here, here and here. So many of these beautifully produced magazines offer creative perspectives not found anywhere else. The four I’m about to introduce you to are carrying this trend forward in unique and creative ways.


  1. OPENHOUSE Magazine is a twice yearly publication that looks to bright, creative people from around the world who open their homes or their private spaces to the public in the interests of gastronomy, art and design. Issue No. 3 of OPENHOUSE features Woodfire Cooking in Australia with Analiese Gregory, Tea time in Brooklyn with Sunday Suppers, Coloni’s floating garden in Sweden, Villa Lena’s artist life in Tuscany and much more.
  2. Obscura Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored for those with a passion to create their very own lifestyle with an outstanding perspective. We appreciate the uniqueness of little things in our surroundings. We collect small wonders that can be found in simplicity and long-lastingness. We tell stories of visionary people from around the world. We discover the remarkable beauty of creative minds. We believe in cultivating the art of daily life.
  3. Another Escape is an outdoor lifestyle and creative culture publication that explores the stories of passionate people and the motivations behind their inspirational lifestyles. We cover a disparate selection of subject matter all deep-rooted in exploration, creativity, innovation and discovery. We are gentle and humble in tone with an investigative nature and we look for interesting practices in which people can be exploratory or creative in unusual and extraordinary ways. We aim to be a source of inspiration for those seeking a fulfilling lifestyle.
  4. Wilder Quarterly is a bi-annual publication for people enthralled by the natural and growing worlds. Each issue is ‘life through the lens of the growing world’— indoors and out, culture, travel, food and design. Published seasonally for this generation of growers and the next.

Have you read or discovered any of these magazines? 3 of them came my way via an article in Fathom. The very talented Satsuki Shibuya, who I follow on Facebook, is featured on the cover of the recent issue of Obscura. Sounds like we need a LAB Reading Club or something! Hope you have a great week and stay tuned for more modern handmade goodness. ~ Brett