Studio Elana Schlenker

“Gratuitous Type Issue 4.5” magazine

The first in a new series from Gratuitous Type—an ongoing publishing project we curate, edit, and design—we’ve developed the concept of “half issues” to examine tangential subjects introduced in full issues but not yet explored in detail. Issue 4.5 is a slim booklet, printed in the same copper ink used in its sister issue. Type and graphic elements have also been carried over, but have evolved to give this reader its own unique identity. Content includes papermaking with Letterproeftuin; an examination of the impact of Enzo Mari’s work in the wake of contemporary open-source design; a chat with Walker Art Center ex-pats Andrea Hyde and Eric Price; a celebration of Corita Kent’s canonical Rules and Hints for Students and Teachers; and a look at the rise of the designer as shopkeeper.

Text by Elana Schlenker, Jordan Hruska, Liv Siddall, Angharad Lewis
With contributions by Letterproeftuin, Eric Price & Andrea Hyde, Annie Atkins, Shaz Madani, Minna Gilligan, Hato, Linda Linko, Martine Syms, Angel Oloshove, Braulio Amado, Tracy Ma, Playtype, The Poundshop, Galvin Brothers, Fuzzco, AOO, Oye
Illustration by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk
Copy editor Liz Sales
Printed by Shapco Printing


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