A Type Geek's Ultimate Calendar

I’m probably the odd man out when it comes to designers and type: I can’t identify a typeface at 100 paces and I don’t hate Papyrus with a bloodthirsty passion. In all fairness though, I think Bud Light and Guinness taste similar, so you probably shouldn’t trust my palate.

If you are among the many who froth at the mouth at the mere mention of elegant ascenders, precise kerning, and exquisitely-crafted serifs, you might want to put this typography calendar on your holiday wishlist. Produced by Workman Publishing—creators of the iconic Page-A-Day calendars—the Just Type 2015 wall calendar features a different typeface each month. The accompanying information ranges from the history of the typeface, prominent instances of its usage, and designer and foundry trivia.

The days of the week and the individual dates are displayed in varying weights and styles. Each month’s name is prominently featured and diagrammed with x-height, serif characteristics, and other typographical minutia. You know you want to snatch one up one for your type-loving self or type geek friend. Go for it; I’ll be over here deciding between Crackhouse and Boycott* for my next graphic masterpiece.

*even I’m not crazy enough to invoke the name of the evil that is “Comic Sans.”

Posted on: August 26, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out ericagamet.com to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

3 Comments on A Type Geek's Ultimate Calendar

  1. Of course, the real type geeks would prefer a page-a-day version!

  2. Maybe the publisher will get on that for next year!

  3. Disappointed with the little note on the left side of the February page for Matrix.

    Font respond well to “scaling, stretching, obliquing”? OUCH! They show horrible condensing and fattening of the letters.

    I’ve spent the past 25 years explaining to students that horizontal and vertical scaling should only be used very slightly to fit text into awkward situations. That’s what the “Glyph Scaling” setting in InDesign is there for. But only as a last resort.

    The examples they have shown are horrible monstrousities (worse than Comic Sans) that are an insult to the original font designer!

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