The Recorder: Issue #4

Monotype ends the year with the latest issue of their magazine

Baby, it’s cold outside!

The mercury has plummeted around these parts as 2016 draws to a close, but our friends at Monotype have thankfully sent us something to keep us entertained while we curl up on the couch and hibernate — the latest edition of Recorder! For those that are unfamiliar with the publication, The Recorder is Monotype’s magazine on all things typographic. Founded in 1905, the Recorder was published until the 1970s, and was recently reborn as a beautifully printed showcase of creativity.

The newest edition — Number 4 — is filled with eye candy for graphic designers, letterers and type designers. This time around, renowned art and design journalist Madeleine Morley spend “A is for Alphabet”, an A to Z history of illuminated and illustrated letters.

“Typography has also been perversely used as a means to graphically depict what can’t be written or isn’t spoken about in the open.”


The holidays are also a great time for games, whether it’s gathering the family around for a round of Monopoly, or joining the cousins in the rec room with Call of Duty.  The latest issue of The Recorder has both bases covered, with a story by London-based designer and video game enthusiast Darren Wall that pays tribute to the early days of pixel typography, while Brooklyn-based art director and writer Angela Riechers examines the visual playground of board games and other amusements,

For us, however, the highlight of this issue is when Madeleine transports us to Sweden for a journey through the looking glass with the off-kilter design shop Snask. You can read the article here, and we have a few of the images from the magazine below, but the printed version would make an excellent edition to your coffee table.