A rare typography manual found in an old bookshop in Prague in 1999 sparked the interest of designer Emlyn Firth. With its beautiful diagrams and notations, Firth ponders the historical context in which it was produced.
From a post-war Czechoslovakia, solid and geometric typefaces are born which “owe a lot to Constructivist principles” and are “satisfyingly slabby, brutal and black.” These typefaces have a structure and presence in written language. Their aesthetic clearly references the regime within which they were created.
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(originally published on Central Station V1)
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