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Old 04-25-2005, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default TYPO No. 14, Czech type mag, just out

If you haven’t looked into the Czech type magazine TYPO, you have another chance. The 14th issue has just been released. If you were a subscriber, you would shortly receive a print copy. But the rest of us can download a non-printable, non-copyable PDF for free (root around on the site for the download).

The Czechs have a stunningly original take on type and typography. Their isolation during the Cold War era may actually have helped them retain their identity; it also kept their fonts out of the main stream in the West (although most of them seem to have been designed for the kern-less Linotype equipment). For whatever reason, the rest of us have long been deprived of the Czech sensibility in type.

If you are a P22 fan, several of its fonts have Czech roots.

My very favorite book on type, A Book of Type and Design, by Oldrich Hlavsa, is from Czechoslovakia. And some of my other favorites, Typographica 2 and Typographica 3 are also Czech.

As it happens, this new issue of TYPO includes an article on Czech type designer Vojtěch Preissig. Take a look.

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