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#57 — The Book Paintings

Type friends! ✍️ I have a shameless, unconditional love for all the work Klim Type have been doing. S
Coffee Table Typography
#57 — The Book Paintings
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Type friends! ✍️
I have a shameless, unconditional love for all the work Klim Type have been doing. So when the news hit that there’s a new version of Tiempos, aptly named Tiempos Fine, I was flabbergasted. It’s elegance in its purest form. The original Tiempos was drawn specifically for the National Geographic Magazine editorial team and I firmly believe it will make itself known in type history as a timeless classic.
But there is, of course, more news in recent weeks. The beautiful peeps at OH no Type have a brand new showcase for their fonts which is absolutely stunning to look at, especially on a big screen; just look at those variable fonts in action, looping for our own viewing pleasure. Despite my usual lack of interest in decorative fonts, I can’t stop looking at Hobeaux Rococceaux — the organic shapes it features are too delicious not to contemplate for a good while. I’d also name a dog of mine Hobeaux Roccoceaux.
And how’s this for a fun fact: here’s a photograph of the largest graffiti ever made, in type, on the Western Sahara. Those letters at that size would be the equivalent of setting Arial Narrow at 6.800.00 pt — something your Sketch file would probably have a hard time dealing with.
As always, do not forget to save an extra cup of coffee to read Jeremiah’s words on the typefaces and layouts of his favourite website picks of last month, over at Typewolf.
Last but not least, CTT has a couple of new Patreons! Thank you so much, Pedro and Aceler, for your generous support. Your names are now on our website, and of course, in my typographical ❤️.
Until next time,
—Ricardo

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Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Painting
Here’s a quick one for you, both in article and video form, provided by The Great Big Story. Fore-edge painting is the hidden art of painting along the edges of the pages of a book. You can only see them by handling them just in the right manner, and my word, are they the most gorgeous thing you’ll see this week ❤️
Atlas Obscura here:
Fore-edge paintings can be found on books dating back to the 11th century, with early examples being decorated with symbolism and heraldry. Disappearing fore-edge paintings began to appear around the 17th century, as the paintings began to become more elaborate, consisting of fully illustrated scenes, portraits, and composed artworks.
You can see a quick video of how it works, and I would encourage you to take a few moments of your day to watch this. So much beauty, care and detail on these books, dating as far back at the 17th century.
What makes these mesmerising is the fact that when the book is sitting flat… you won’t see a thing. It needs to be handled “just so”, as if it was a treasure just awaiting to be unlocked.
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Coffee Table Typography

A love for words, letters, language—and coffee.
A digest of curated resources, articles and knowledge sharing about the beauty of typography; in design, on the web, or books.
You will read these over your morning cup of coffee, while the aromas of freshly ground beans are still in the air, quickly realising that words are beautiful and that you might need that second cup after all.

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