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The Collection: A New Emigre Type Catalog

If you missed out on receiving a printed copy of the latest Emigre type catalog, here is your opportunity to catch up. You can order a copy of this 64-page type specimen for only $3.00 ($10 outside U.S) and receive an additional five type specimens including the Mrs Eaves, Mr Eaves, Alda, and Vista catalogs. Or, if a printed catalog is not your cup of tea, or you're in a rush, you can now download a copy in PDF format for free.

A type specimen can be about anything or nothing, as long as the featured typefaces are prominently displayed. Itís all about exploring and exhibiting the versatility of the typefaces. As such, designing a type specimen can easily become an exercise of style over content, the proverbial crystal goblet turned inside outóthe goblet intentionally obscuring the content because the content is fake.

But type specimens need not be limited to stacked and justified compositions of arbitrary words and phrases. Although the text is necessarily subservient in the typographic exercise, thereís no reason to neglect the content.

The story at the center of this new Emigre Type Catalog starts in 1971. It encompasses the analysis of a record collection, a series of 17 architectural photographs of historically significant buildings and sites in Los Angeles, and a selection of anecdotal quotes about music recording. It fuses these disparate elements into a visual presentation serving the dual purpose of showcasing selections from the Emigre Type Library while providing a story that can be enjoyed like a nice goblet of wine.














 
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