Computer Arts - - Showcase - By Luke Tonge

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.

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