Typographer.org TypeCon2005 Booklet

Written by Yves Peters on August 7, 2005

TCNYC_Typographica.jpgTypographer.org produced a keepsake booklet for TypeCon2005, featuring exclusive pre-release reviews of 11 typefaces. Each of those are designed with the actual typefaces, so you see the fonts in use as you read the reviews. The signed and numbered collector’s item — produced in a limited edition of 200 copies, with a cover designed and silk-screened by David — were distributed at the conference.

We’ve got good news for anyone who couldn’t attend TypeCon2005 but still wants one of those booklets. Contact me through my Typophile profile to grab one of the few remaining copies.

Update All the remaining copies have found a new home. Thank you all for your support.

The typefaces reviewed are:

Classico | Stefan Hattenbach
Mac Rhino

Parisine Office | Jean François Porchez
[Typographer.org exclusive]
Porchez Typofonderie

Dederon | Tomas Brousil
Suitcase Type Foundry

Nicholas | Nick Shinn

CA Blitzkrieg Pop | {ths}
Cape-Arcona Type Foundry

Ministry Standard | Rian Hughes

Eason | Randy Jones

Proxima Nova | Mark Simonson
Mark Simonson Studio

Fedra Display 2 | Peter Bil’ak

Relato | Eduardo Manso
Emtype Foundry

Vonness | David Berlow
The Font Bureau, Inc.

See also: Jürgen Siebert shows off other TypeCon05 goodies.

Yves Peters is a graphic designer / rock drummer / father of three who tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. Previously a columnist for Typographer.org and editor-in-chief of The FontFeed, he currently divides his time between teaching at the Communication, Media and Design department of Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, and publishing at Adobe Create and writing for a variety of type foundries, weaving pop culture and design trends into foundational typographic stories. His ability to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.


  1. Peter Bruhn says:

    For those of you whio haven’t got a copy, I’d recommend it. Yves writing is always interesting, and the whole booklet is very nice. I’m looking at it right now.
    And I say all this even though I’m a bit partial ;)

  2. Nick Shinn says:

    >I�m a bit partial ;)

    Me too.

    However, there are not that many writers on type, and Yves is, from my perspective, the most perceptive — and not without opinion. A true critic.

  3. Chris Rugen says:

    I recommend it as well. It’s a handsome booklet and worth any minor effort or expense. I’ve been skimming and re-skimming it. Love that silk-screened cover!

  4. Si says:

    >Love that silk-screened cover!

    Is it? I have two copies of the book and the covers are different – maybe stenciled?


  5. Being partial as well…

    I can’t help liking it. It’s nicely excecuted and the reviews are very distinct and honest. I can assure you that Yves is not an easy man to bribe (if you’re ever thinking of doing that). As a typedesigner you have to clculate with a negative reaction. But then again, Yves always have some constructive feedback to give you. I agree with Nick, We don’t have to many “typo-writers” around and I Yves is among the top ones!

  6. Ricardo Cordoba says:

    I didnďż˝t even see these at the conference! Iďż˝ll be sure to order one now… Thanks for the post.

  7. Miss Tiffany says:

    Truly a collector’s find. I often disagree, not always, with Yves but really do appreciate another voice of opinion with which I can more openly look at typefaces.

  8. It’s a really neat little book.

    I feel lucky to have been included. I got a complimentary copy because of this. But, as I was leaving on the last day of TypeCon, after walking a block or so on my way to catch the subway back to the hotel, I stopped, turned around, walked back to Parsons, found Yves and bought two extra copies.

    I hope David and Yves are able to do more like this someday.

  9. Yves Peters says:

    I’d like to thank everyone for the kind words. It is comforting to hear people appreciate what we’ve done, after all the work I’ve put into it — collecting, studying, writing, designing and eventually lugging 8,5 kgs worth of booklets to NYC.

    > Love that silk-screened cover!
    Is it? I have two copies of the book and the covers are different — maybe stenciled?

    The covers are different because David silk-screened the covers himself, by hand, and then shipped them to Belgium where the actual booklet was printed.

    I didn�t even see these at the conference!

    Well, they were at the SOTA store, next to the deliciously offensive Fountain type samplers, the MacRhino catalogues and some other stuff.

    I hope David and Yves are able to do more like this someday.

    I’m thinking of making this into an annual conference thingy. The production process was quite exhausting, but the result is worth it.

  10. Nick Shinn says:

    My only complaint — Nicholas got the “o”: that’s like being Mr Pink.

  11. Yves Peters says:

    OK, next time you get to be Mr. T… :^P

  12. Rolf says:

    You guys should have printed 500 more copies…….

  13. David Earls says:

    > Is it? I have two copies of the book and the covers are different – maybe stenciled?

    They were silk screen printed by hand from a hand-painted screen rather than using a photo emulsion technique. It was a somewhat labourious process involving dozens of pegs, two aching arms, and two very long days in a garage.

    Each cover is meant to be unique, and have a part of me in it, but at the end of the day it was Yves who made this whole thing work, he’s been the star of the Typographer.org show this year, both online and off. Thank you, Yves!

  14. armando. says:

    OH, I want a copy!
    do you make mailorders?

  15. Kathryn says:

    Hi, I would like to know if it is possible to still order a copy?

  16. Zab says:

    I understand you’ve sold out of these, but in case you are considering doing another edition, I would like to order one. I was unable to attend this year’s TypeCon, and would very much like a copy of this…

  17. Yves Peters says:

    I will do a round-up of the copies that I still have in my possession, as I have the impression a couple of people who said they wanted one dropped out. Any remaining copies will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, but don’t start flooding us with e-mails again because I really think there’s only a few left.

  18. Yves Peters says:

    The very last copy of the booklet that will be sold is on display here. It will be auctioned soon.

  19. Yves Peters says:

    The auction for #200 ends on Christmas Eve. Don’t procrastinate.

  20. Yves Peters says:

    1 day and 9 hours left. If you don’t find your way around the Dutch-language eBay and need a translation of the relevant pages, go to the Typophile News thread.

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