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In memoriam: Hermann Zapf (1918-2015)

In memoriam: Hermann Zapf (1918-2015)

Few who daily read the printed word ever consider how those component letters came to be. Yet every single letter of our alphabet has been shaped by the constant effort to render its image suitable in purpose and beautiful in form. It is not only the designer of a type face who creates the form of its letters: many hands join in the common task to find the final and the best adaptation of the creative artist’s design. Rarely has there been an activity with consequences so manifold and far-reaching as those of the formation of a printing type. Those engaged in this work have thus incurred a great responsibility; they take satisfaction in knowing that their work may represent one of the most noble and progressive of all human activities.

In memoriam: Amy Brandt

In memoriam: Amy Brandt

For the second time in as many days, this blog has the unhappy task of bringing news of the death of one of our authors. This one seems especially cruel: The art historian Amy Brandt, at the age of only 37, after what the Chrysler Museum of Art of Norfolk, Va., described as “a valiant health struggle.”

In memoriam: Judith Layzer

In memoriam: Judith Layzer

One of this blog’s more difficult duties is to pass along word of the passing of our authors. Today we bring the sad news of the death of Judith Layzer, an MIT PhD and a faculty member in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2003 until her death on May 28.

Boston Review

Boston Review

Starting today, and ending on June 1st, we’re offering a 50% discount on Boston Review books excluding Conflict in Ukraine. Read below for some more info on a few of the titles!

Joplin Tornado Anniversary

Joplin Tornado Anniversary

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. Keith Tidball, coauthor of Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up, reflects on his work in Joplin, rebuilding after devastation, and how principles of civic ecology were demonstrated in the aftermath.

Bike Awareness Day

Bike Awareness Day

The bicycle ranks as one of the most enduring, most widely used vehicles in the world, with more than a billion produced during almost two hundred years of cycling history. Today, it continues to be popular as a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. In honor of Bike Awareness Day and Bike to Work Week, enjoy these images depicting bicycles throughout history from Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History by Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing.

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! We are celebrating with a Q&A with John Jenkins, manager of the MIT Press bookstore.