We are huge fans of the Letterform Archive, an amazing project and database based in San Francisco. They call themselves “a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community in the letter arts,” and when we visited them back in 2017, Letterform Archive founder Stephen Coles told us, “Our goal is to document and preserve written communication and use that record as a source for education and inspiration for anyone who works with letters. This mission does sound daunting, but it’s also exciting. The Archive is designed to be a living collection, evolving with the way letters are made and used as technology and tastes change. This means we are concerned not only with the history of visual art, but also its present and future.”
The Letterform Archive has been creating some wonderful online collections for readers to browse, and a few days ago released a wonderful historic overview of “Counterculture Newspapers and Magazines” of the 1960s and 70s, what LFA describes as “an explosion of independent publishing in the 1960s and ’70s(that) took advantage of new, accessible technology to spread countercultural messages around the world.” As a magazine ourselves borne out of the counterculture world of Zap! Comix and Mad magazine, these types of serious political periodicals is a treasure trove of amazing content, as well as design.