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Dear Reader, In our busy lives, there are two things that we all experience on a daily basis: type and time. Whether we’re handwriting a grocery list, minding traffic signs on the drive to work, typing an email, scrolling through our phone or reading a book, there are messages for us to create or interpret at seemingly every waking moment. In turn, it feels like time is passing ever more quickly and that there is never enough of it. Let’s slow it down. Let’s spend some time appreciating the beauty of a single letterform: the curve of an “s” or the simple geometry of an “o”. In this issue, we’ll see what inspires designers to create a typeface and what drives artists to become alphabetically obsessed. Let’s also capture those fleeting moments by capturing the data created by the minutiae of our lives. Let’s record the details of what makes us unique, let’s be invested in our time here——to make sure that we use it well.

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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


W EL C O M E

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EDITOR’S LET TER . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PA RTICIPATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Data, Time and Typographic Projects by UPPERCASE readers

CONTRIBUTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

SU BSCRIPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 SNIPPETS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

TOOL S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Measuring Up with Rulers by Joy Deneen

TREND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 FRESH TA LENT . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Joan Garcia

NOTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Perfecting Your Planner by Kerrie More AB ECEDARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Typography by Christopher Rouleau

B EG INNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Sparks of Learning Text by Melanie Falick Art by Andrea D’Aquino

FINE PRINT LIB R A RY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Words on Letters

BOOK REPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style by Carolyn Fraser

BUSINES S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 How to Value Your Time as a Business Owner by Arianne Foulks

A R T & D ESI G N SK ETCHBOOK . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Chris Raschka: An Illustrator’s Documentation of Family, Career and Everything Else by Lydie Raschka

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Annie Vought by Laura Tarrish

RECOLLEC TION . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Typeface Memories by Janine Vangool, Lauren Beltramo, Mog Fry, Shelley Gruendler and Iskra Johnson DISCOVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 From Inspiration to Font T Y PE DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Riley Cran: The Inheritance of the Design Generation by Andrea Marván DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

ST Y L E S T Y LIS T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Rachel Castle by Emily Orpin S TITCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Unisex Fashion by Stronger Wiser Everyday

HOB BY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Jolie Bird: A Stitch at a Time by Brendan Harrison

COLL AGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Typographically inspired collages and paintings by Kelly Bryant GA LLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Diagram Your Life by UPPERCASE readers

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House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration ARTWORK BY

COLLEC TION . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Advertising Blotters and Rulers from the collection of Beth Carroll-Horrocks

M IS C RE A DER S TU DIOS . . . . . . . . . 110

Yuka Kishi Teju Reval

SH A RES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 PEEPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 COV E T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Handwritten Devotion by Andrea Jenkins

FA B RIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds

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A preview of the October / November / December 2017 issue of UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious.