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Kern Baby Kern

What’s the story behind the t-shirt?

This t-shirt is inspired by the song Disco Inferno by the Trammps. It’s a disco classic and almost impossible to listen to without dancing along.

🎵 Listen to the song (turn up the sound and dance)

Kerning is a geeky typography term for the spacing between individual letters. There are lots of examples of when kerning goes wrong with unfortunate and amusing results. One of my near-misses was when I set the words FLICK THE PAGES on a scented book for an exhibition. I realised just in time that the close spacing between the L and I looked more like a U. Oops.

The three typefaces that feature on the Kern Baby Kern t-shirt were available as rubdown Letraset sheets. Chromium One was designed by David Harris in 1983. This was perfect for a decade of chrome and airbrushed posters. Shatter is an experimental typeface designed by Vic Carless in 1973. Carless literally smashed Helvetica up, which is what Punk did to Modernism in the 1970s. Piccadilly was designed by Christopher Matthews in 1973—this neon font is pure 1970s disco.

These are unisex t-shirts in regular men’s sizes (different colours and styles can be arranged on request). They’re printed on a 100% organic cotton t-shirt and printed in the UK in a renewable energy-powered factory. Worldwide shipping available.

Buy the dark grey & white print t-shirt, £19
(available worldwide)

Buy the white print t-shirt, £19
(available worldwide)

See all the t-shirt designs

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What’s the secret message hidden in your t-shirt?

🎵 Listen to Hunky Dory on Spotify (and spot the Zipper font)

Many of you know about (and share) my love of Letraset—the sheets of rub-down lettering that often featured the fashionable fonts of the day. The first gig I went to was with my friend Caryl to see David Bowie. He was the soundtrack to our teenage years. My school books were adorned with meticulous drawings of lettering from his record covers. I was so excited when I found the Hunky Dory title typeface, called Zipper, as a sheet of Letraset. Now I could make my books look like Bowie merch with the official Hunky Dory font.

Your t-shirt is inspired by that sheet of Letraset. Letters have been removed to leave a secret message on your shirt. They spell out Hunky Dory, David Bowie, Changes, Life on Mars and 1971. (Geeky detail: the second ‘1’ in 1971 is made from a deconstructed ‘T’ because Letraset sheets don’t always have enough of the characters you need).

Buy the Zipper t-shirt

Visit the new Type Tasting shop

(Buy t-shirts and support my book writing)

Letterpress by Typelark

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We had letterpress prints by Typography Emporium guest Zoë Chan of Typelark in the Type Tasting studio at the weekend. Zoë prints on a vintage Adana letterpress and experiments with print techniques such as printing in reverse to create unusual textures.
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Pop Up Typography Emporium

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Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December
TYPE TASTING PRESENTS:
Pop-Up Typography Emporium

We’ve been busy for the first day of Open Studios at the Chocolate Factory N1. The Type Tasting studio is full of all things typographic including Zoltar’s Font Fortune booth and a preview of The Type Taster book.

The pop-up is open again tomorrow (Sunday) for a range of things type and letter related including glow-in-the-dark neon letter prints, screen printed Dalston posters, framed initials, signage art and more. Consult with the great Zoltar for your Type Tasting Font Fortune.

Pop-Up Typography Emporium, Studio F7, The Chocolate Factory, Farleigh Place, London N16 7SX (Dalston Kingsland/Dalston Junction) 11am to 6pm

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