For issue 15, Upper Case Magazine invited 26 typographers, designers and illustrators to make a single letter of the Latin alphabet into a beautiful bitmap. They were asked to take a vestigial part of digital type—the bitmap—and make it into something to be newly appreciated. How fun!

Marian Bantjes spent 15 months writing, illustrating and designing the beautiful book titled "I Wonder." "As a book experience, the relationship between the content and the graphics is very important. They are totally interdependent and neither the articles nor the graphics can live without the other." ~Marian Bantjes Marian writes: "The book is in many ways eclectic, with a variety of forms and moods, represented in an abundance of typefaces and graphic...

‎"The sort of classical modernist line on how aware a reader should be of a typeface is that they shouldn't be aware of it at all. It should be this crystal goblet there to just hold and display and organize the information. But I don't think it's really quite as simple as that.

The "Counterspace" website is a great resource for helping you study the anatomy, measurements, and history of Latin typography. It's fun and interactive! Use it to get to know your vocabulary and learn the nuances of typography.

Marian Bantjes is definitely one of my design heroes - and on top of that - she's a "she." In the often male dominated digital world, it's nice to know there are some amazing women in the typography realm. This glitter piece was created by Marian Bantjes for the "The Audacity of Hov" article in Vibe using unexpected materials (glitter!).

Please visit the "Unified" exhibition of Arabic and English posters now on display in C-Wing (Level 1) at Zayed University (Dubai Campus). The UNIFIED POSTERS were created in ART 456 (Typography 2) during the Fall 2012 semester. The project first asked students to design their own bilingual typefaces in Arabic and English including all glyphs, letters, and numbers. The goal of the poster is to promote the bilingual typeface to an audience...

Considering our discussion about logos, identities and the Arabic/Latin translation issue(s) on Wednesday... What are your thoughts on the Dubai International Airport logo? Do you agree with the assessment of the logo design (found below)? or do you Disagree? and Why? What do you think about the fact that there is no Arabic included in the logo? What does this say about the airport and the intended audience?

Dr. Nadine Chahine and Linotype were kind enough to share a few of Nadine's wonderful typefaces for free(!) in honor of her birthday. That's right, you’re only a few clicks away from getting Univers® Next Arabic Regular, Palatino® Sans Arabic Bold, and DIN Next™ Arabic Light, all in one package. She does have one request with this kind offer: "These fonts are free for you to download but not to share. If...

Ever wondered what you're actually saying when you fill your placeholder text with Lorem Ipsum? Learn all about it using this great resource (available in multiple languages). When you select "fill with placeholder text" option in Adobe software, the result is gobbledygook that looks to be some alien or ancient language. In fact you're conjuring up a version of "Lorem Ipsum," sometimes called "greeking" or dummy text. Learn what you're actually...

Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.

One way to create a versatile logo is to begin designing in black and white. This allows you to focus on the concept and shape, rather than color, which can be subjective in nature. If your logo doesn’t look good in black & white, it won’t look good no matter what color scheme you choose. In a landscape filled with color, black & white logos also have the ability to stand...

Wadi is a modern Arabic typeface designed by Dinah Merhej who is currently studying at at Central Saint Martins College. “Wadi is a simplified modern Arabic typeface influenced by the Naskh calligraphic style. It is characterized by the absence of straight baseline and the cursive connection between the glyphs.

The Virtual Water project shows the world how much freshwater is used to produce selected products, hoping people will rethink their consumption patterns. The poster shows the amount of water consumed in the production of everyday food products.

With the increasing economic development of the Middle East, type design for the region may become a prosperous business. If Sakkal and Chahine are indicative, Arabic lettering will once again become a flourishing art.

Sean McCabe talks about his love for typography: "It’s funny, as a kid I thought I was pretty strange. I always found myself drawing letter forms throughout middle school and high school. My homework was littered with typographic illustrations. The artistic friends I had all seemed to draw cartoons, or paint still life, but for some odd reason I was drawn to letters. I just really enjoyed hand drawn lettering.