A New Nameplate Tradition

Written by Typographica on April 19, 2009

One of the Typographica rituals of which we’re most fond is the rotating nameplate. Each design was created and submitted by a reader, reflecting the site’s collaborative nature and keeping things fresh, while offering type and graphic designers the opportunity to show off their latest work. We’ve saved 152 of the 154 nameplates for posterity. The other two? Their fate is known only to Dr. Hermann Pütershein.

Above: A collection of 152 reader-submitted nameplates — all the way back to June, 2002. Push play. If you sit here long enough you can see them all!

Now that we have a new Typographica, it’s time for a new nameplate tradition. This redesign is all about the type, so there’s no better element to crown the page (and drive the main navigation) than a fresh typeface every few weeks.

Anyone is welcome to submit their typeface for consideration as a future Typographica nameplate. There are two requirements:

  1. The typeface must fit Typographica’s ethereal and undocumented requirements for design and readability.
  2. We’ll request a sponsorship fee to keep the site running

The nameplate typeface is credited in the header of every page on the site and linked permanently in the list below. Please contact the editor if interested.

Nameplate Archive

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