Last Sunday February 8, The Recording Academy presented the 57th Grammy Awards, honouring “artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position”. Below is an overview of the nominees and winners of categories that are of interest for our My Type of Music-loving readers: categories 64 and 65, respectively Best Recording Package and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. I won’t go as far as to do a ’Ye (God complex much?) but nevertheless I give some type-centric commentary on the nominees and winners.
Our monthly review of album sleeve design and typography looks at the artwork for Black Messiah by D’Angelo and The Vanguard. As usual some other albums too, but honestly, this month that’s all you need to know.
These are the final days of 2014, so it is high time to consider which calendar to get for the new year. The tear-off calendar that has become a fixture on any self-respecting typophile’s desk or wall is Typodarium, which makes you discover a new typeface every day. It is the secret weapon against typonotony, a (fortunately) curable form of typographic monotony, frequently manifested through the constant use of always the same font (in most cases Helvetica).