that thing call phd

that thing call phd

  It’s been a year since I enrolled as a Phd candidate at Central Saint Martins, an academic year at least, and it’s probably about time to share what I am doing there. The goal of the first year here at UAL (University of the Arts London) is the so-called Registration, a formality that all(…)

font ‘window shopping’ in the latin-american spectrum (vol i)

font ‘window shopping’ in the latin-american spectrum (vol i)

Latin-American and Iberian interest in typography is growing. In the last ten years, the situation for type designers and graphic designers has been transformed in terms of work possibilities, accessibility and exposure. Nowadays designers from all over the Latin-American countries had access to fonts and foundries that before were only for a few privileged ones. Globalisation(…)

the office today

the office today

As the year comes to an end it’s impossible not looking back. One of my favourites of this year is ‘the office today’, a section that I started in May, or maybe sooner, and that is the consequence of being self employed and having a bit ‘unsettled’ life. The office today follows me on Instagram(…)

serif on the rock vol ii

serif on the rock vol ii

The first part of Serif on the Rock, a  list of typographic events was getting too long to be useful, so I  have decided to start a new post. September, October, November and December will be included in this second part of Serif on the Rock (Or how to drink throughout the year enjoying typographical(…)

my typographic spring tour

my typographic spring tour

A brief update before this blog is full of spider web. The following 3 weeks I will be in Spain in different typographic events: Jornadas de Tipografía de Granada, also called Tipos de Interés (17-18 May). This is a very special one-day conference because it has been organized by students and its a non-lucrative project. I’ve been(…)

vernacular lettering

vernacular lettering

Back in 2005 I was living in the southeast of Spain, in the city of Valencia. I was studying an MA on Graphic Design where I met people as interested as me in typography. In no time my three colleagues –Rubén Arnal, Ainhoa Fernández and Ricardo Peña– and I were deciding to publish a new(…)

the one in typeface classification

the one in typeface classification

An honest confession. Until recently, I’ve never been truly interested in typeface classification, somewhat because I find myself inevitably too lazy for classifying anything (even my Pinterest account is just one big container with everything I like); in part because I find classification rather arbitrary, depending on the needs and thoughts of those who write them, and therefore(…)

serif on the rock

serif on the rock

Or how to drink throughout the year enjoying typographical events. No doubt that design and type conferences are living a wonderful time, there are conferences everywhere in the globe and traveling has never been so easy. But are they all worth it or are we looking at a saturated offer?  Looking through the calendar one can(…)

off topic 1: bookshops in london

off topic 1: bookshops in london

Off topic is a new section in this blog: topics not particularly about to graphic and typography but somehow related. In this case Pedro Arilla,* a close friend and type designer who is visiting London this Christmas, asked me about second hand bookshops in London. I could have sent him a list of bookshops but(…)

the kerning & the fence

the kerning & the fence

  The kerning & the fence it is not a pub, but the typographic problem that the architects Emberton, Franck & Tardre forget to check when the designed the Brunswick Close Estate, in Tompion Street, Islington, London, back in 1956–58.     Every time I walk to the grocery store I can see the building front name and(…)