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THE RECORDER MAGAZINE VOL 2
Type company Monotype first published The Monotype Recorder in 1902 and did so sporadically for the next 90 or so years. Last year a brief was put out to reinvent the magazine as a contemporary design journal and a celebration of typography, and graphic designer Luke Tonge won the commission.
"I wanted to create a confident and colourful publication using bold layouts and considered typography to help deliver the content," says Tonge. "Some of the original Recorder issues included brave spreads, so I took that as permission to have some fun."
The content is split into four areas – features, profiles, opinions and essays – and was laid out in In Design and printed, stitched and embossed by Leycol in London, using G . F Smith-supplied paper.
"We were keen to use a photograph after the illustrative first cover, but with so much great content it was hard to choose with image to sum up the issue," says Tonge. A zingy neon spot ink was chosen for the second volume's masthead, having launched with gold foil on its first issue. "It's my dream project," Tonge admits.