Category Archives: Typography

Jack Stauffacher (1920 – 2017)

Jack Stauffacher was a self-taught master printer, typographer and book publisher.  In 1936 he established Greenwood Press printing everything from business cards and tickets to fine art books and museum monographs.  He taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute and was hired as typographic director at Stanford University Press. He resigned from Stanford and in 1966 he reopened Greenwood Press in San Francisco.  

Some of his work are in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Mary Ellen Solt (1920-2007)

Concrete poetry is poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem.  Mary Ellen Solt began writing concrete poetry in the 60’s and became a leader of this movement.  Her work was most notably poems in the shape of flowers such as “Forsythia”, “Lilac” and “Geranium”. Her visual poetry formed by letters and words has influenced many of todays’s typography designs.  Her book, “Concrete Poetry: A World View“, can be read on ubu.com.

Hiroyuki Yamada Alphabet


Previously we posted Hiroyuki Yamada’s water themed paintings.  We are so enthralled by his work that we opted to post his floral alphabet.  You can view the full alphabet and his other works on Tokyo Illustrators Society, Behance and Facebook.


Images:  Courtesy of Hiroyuki Yamada.