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Building Letters Three

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Building Letters cover & CD


Building Letters Three


Building Letters Three


Building Letters Three


Building Letters Three


Building Letters Three

Building Letters Three

Praha, Česká republika

During the first half of October, the third issue of Building Letters magazine came out, being a means with which typographers and designers help those in need. By purchasing one of the 1000 copies (numbered by hand), you not only receive a CD with 25 fonts by renown typographers, you will also make a significant contribution to the aid of those whose lives aren't as lucky as yours or mine.

Shortly after the call for cooperation on the third issue was published, Filip Blazek from Designiq studio offered to do free layout and typesetting of the whole issue, and Jim Richardson of Great Britain, founder of the project, immediately accepted the offer. First version of the magazine was ready in February 2005, however, the work was delayed for more than a year and half by various obstacles. In the end, Blazek agreed with Richardson that the final steps of the production and distribution process would be left to Designiq. Shortly afterwards, at the Typo Berlin 2006, an international team met, helping the new magazine come into the world.

The third issue of Building Letters is dedicated to Sri Lanka and Thailand, and it features interesting articles by Tom de Gay, Nick Shinn, Max Kisman, Fiona Ross and Donald Beekman. It contains a CD with free fonts, this time donated by Pieter Rosmalen, Seonil Yun, José Scaglione, David Březina, José Louis Coyotl Mixocatl, Stefan Hattenbach, Bram Pitoyo, Tomáš Brousil, Richard Kegler, Veronika Burian, Jürgen Weltin a Ludmila Lorenz. All fonts are OpenType and with one exception, they contain glyphs necessary for typesetting of all Latin-script European languages (complete Unicode set Latin Extended A), so apart from Czech, you can set Maltese, Welsh, or Esperanto in them; some faces contain special features, alternating glyphs, decorative glyphs, alternating numerals, ligatures, or small caps.

Although the TV cameras are long gone from the places hit by the tsunami, aid is still needed. This is why all profit from the sales is donated to a respected charity Direct Relief International, which uses the money to help those hit by the 2004 tsunami.

The magazine size is A5, it has 64 full colour pages, it was published in a limited run of 1000 copies, and it is on sale online for EUR 35 at Also, the site contains information on how much money was collected.

Years: 2006 – 2006

Number of issues: 1

Publisher: Designiq

Editors-in-chief: Jim Richardson

Editors: Tom de Gay, Nick Shinn, Max Kisman, Fiona Ross, Donald Beekman

Art director / design: Filip Blažek

last updated 11/3/09