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Infographic of the Day: A Visual Dictionary for Type Fans

Typography freaks, hold on to your cap heights: Ligature, Loop & Stem, a Toronto-based design firm that exists solely to celebrate type, has created a gorgeous limited edition poster, which — wait for it! — celebrates type. [Click image for larger view]

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Typography freaks, hold on to your cap heights: Ligature, Loop & Stem, a Toronto-based design firm that exists solely to celebrate type, has created a gorgeous limited edition poster, which — wait for it! — celebrates type.

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[Click image for larger view]

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Typographic Anatomy Lesson Plan” is a meticulous annotation of a pangram, and the idea’s to teach designers various naming conventions and letterform characteristics, hence the eerie resemblance to grade-school penmanship homework. (All those red marks, especially.)

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Obviously, this is serious insider baseball — the sort of professional minutiae that’s been passed on from one designer to the next since Johannes Gutenberg’s day. Not coincidentally, the typefaces Ligature, Loop & Stem selected here — “Epic” and ‘National’ — wouldn’t look entirely out of place in a 15th-century bible, even though they were designed within the past few years. Per the press materials: “[T]heir designs represent the best aspects of typographic design of the past and the present.” Read more about how LL&S went about making the poster on UnderConsideration here.

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Ligature, Loop & Stem formed last year, and it’s already become something of a darling among print fetishists for its limited-run “fine typography-related products.” Originally, LL&S produced the Typographic Anatomy Lesson Plan for the industry confab Typecon, then made 100 copies available at $75 a pop online. They sold out in five days.

Time to start trolling eBay!

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[Via UnderConsideration; images courtesy of Ligature, Loop & Stem]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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