The Mario Blog
03.03.2017—2am
It’s a new Type magazine

Type Magazine has been a dream project for famous designer Roger Black. It has just launched. I had a chat with Roger about his new baby.

This is the weekend edition of TheMarioBlog post and will be updated as needed. The next blog post is Monday, March 6.

Anyone who knows or who has worked with Roger Black knows that it is type—and, more specifically, fonts—that fascinate him beyond anything else.  It is an area in which he is an expert, with the portfolio of magazine and newspaper projects to prove it.

I have known Roger for over 30 years, and have worked with him on a variety of projects and conferences, the most recent, Digital Media Challenge, at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where we both serve on the Poynter Foundation board.

That is why I know that Type’s launch is an important moment for Roger, who serves as editor.

“It’s a real startup,” he tells me, and emphasizes “and a non-profit. Legally a non-profit!”.

 

What else is Type?

 

Type is for graphic designers really interested in type design and typography. Both digital and desktop. “There really is no publication specifically aimed at typography, although there are few type design blogs, and of course several sites and magazines that cover type along with a range of design,” Roger says.

Roger explains that right now there is a boom in type, caused by a number of factors which Type articles plan to take a close look at: branding, globalization, and the creation of new digital type capabilities and the tools to design them.

 Roger often says that his fascinations with type comes from the people involved in font creation. “Our main focus is going to on the people who do all this. Should be fun!,” he said.
As Doug Wilson,  managing editor of Type, states: “This is a magazine for people curious about fonts. TYPE is interested in the “who?” and “why?” of type and design—not just the “what?”.
This is true in the first set of articles posted on Type’s website, emphasizing profiles and personal narratives. In this edition, also a piece about  “the magic of 3-D Lettering in a Typeface.”

“Part of what makes TYPE unique is that we are completely independent of any foundry, organization, conference, or school. This independence means that we can write about type and design without any conflicts of interest or need to lean towards a specific line of thought,” Doug writes.

Type will launch its first printed issue in the Spring.

The type in Type

Colophon: Bennet & Benton Sans

Worth a look: The New York Times and images on Page One

For those who like to get into the history of newspapers, and, particularly, The New York Times, will love to take a tour of front pages here:

The Rise of the Image: Every NY Times Front Page Since 1852 in Under a Minute

Speaking Engagements Coming Up

I will be speaking at these three events in the weeks ahead:


WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference 2017
March 14
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

My topic will be about the importance of Sponsored Content, with emphasis on the recent launch of the Gulf NewsREACH by Gulf News project.

Mario García will talk about Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age. He will discuss the state of the media today, with emphasis on how we tell stories visually on mobile devices, the role of print and the importance of email newsletters and sponsored content to find new ways of promoting content and monetizing your operation.

For more information: https://events.wan-ifra.org/events/wan-ifra-middle-east-conference-2017

 

Mobile Media Culture in the Americas: The Digital Divide

March 23
Miami, Florida
USA

I will be one of the speakers/panelists in this conference, a full day of interactive analysis of how information and communication technologies—specifically, mobile media—affect Latin American and Caribbean societies. How are mobile media bridging divides? Is that bridge strengthening democracy, social mobility, and economic equality and supporting growth and development? How has innovation changed the newsroom and news media landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean? What is being done to support enhanced journalistic coverage of our hemisphere?

For more informationhttps://mmca17.splashthat.com/

 

 

VOZ Media Conference
April 6
Vienna, Austria

I will be the keynote speaker for this event, my presentation titled The important role of print in the digital age. This presentation presents a state of the media today, with emphasis on how we tell stories visually on mobile devices, the role of print and the importance of email newsletters and sponsored content to find new ways of promoting content and monetizing your operation.

For more information: http://www.voez.at

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