Honored to be included in “Freehand: New Typography Sketchbooks”
I'm honored and delighted to be included in this compendium of typographic sketchbooks!
Carolyn Porter, Typography, Sketchbook, Steven Heller, Lita Talarico, Type designer, Bill Moran, Mark Simonson, Thames & Hudson
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Honored to be included in “Freehand: New Typography Sketchbooks”

Two years ago, Steve Heller invited me to submit images of my type sketchbook. I loved how he didn’t ask whether I had a type sketchbook, rather he assumed I did. It was an honor to share images, but also a bit scary as I’ve never shown my sketchbook to anyone before. After submitting the images and answering a few questions about materials and process, I didn’t hear a word. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if anything ever came of the project.

Then, last week, this book arrived in the mail! Freehand: New Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico promises readers they will be able to “page through the personal sketchbooks of the most influential and inventive illustrators and typographers working today.”

It’s a lovely—and hefty!—350-page book filled with more than 800 images of typographic sketchbooks from designers all over the world. What a delight and honor it was to see images of my sketchbook in the same compilation as designers whose work I’ve admired for years (or decades!). A couple of other Twin Cities Type Tuesday designers are represented, too: Mark Simonson (featuring some of the initial sketches for his font Coquette) and Bill Moran of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum (featuring some of his Letterbug sketches).

Want to order a copy of Freehand: New Typography Sketchbooks yourself? Here’s a link.


P.S. Readers of Marcel’s Letters have already heard of my type sketchbook — this is where Marcel’s letters had been pressed flat for nearly a decade!