Yep, a "weather station with an indoor cloud function". Of course. Using data from Sweden's Met Office it brings the outdoors, inside. From those clever people that brought us the iPad powering rocking chair.
Conoco sheets are a bit cranky, the font is a bit dodgy and the blue plate feels a little heavily printed. But what's most disconcerting, perhaps quite peculiar to the US (I don't know), is how straight and gridly the road systems are.
Johnny (Euston, do you copy) Cullen knows I like a good map. Disparities in colour scheme, typography, level of detail, branding and other trappings are fascinating. There seems to be no end of variation. Johnny very generously sent me a box full of maps from the US he found in a charity shop. There's loads of them; what you see here is but a small sample.
It was such a generous thing to do and there are so many different designs that I thought they deserved their own series. Hence that…ehum…"special" heading.
I feel incredibly privileged to have received Monotype's One of a kind box set. Beautifully designed by SEA, the box contains twelve bi-folded booklets; each focusing on an aspect of Monotype's work: its Britishness and its Internationalness; essential workhorse fonts, lesser known gems, type on screen and web fonts; the company's heritage, publishing sympathies, American support and most famous fans.
Each booklet presents fonts appropriate to its theme accompanied by a text from someone of note: Creative Review's Patrick Burgoyne, Pentagram's Abbott Miller, Eye's Simon Esterson, Andy Payne from Interbrand, Rankin and SEA's own Bryan Edmondson; who I have say a special thank to for very kindly organising the dispatch.
It's an impressive piece and a fitting tribute to Monotype; its rich heritage and its dedication to the future of typography.