Holiday gift ideas for type lovers

The Monotype Shop is offering free shipping on all orders until December 26 with code FREESHIPPING. Just in time for the holiday season, we've organized typographic goodies for the writers, cooks, commuters, artists, design readers, and home decorators in your life.

For the writer

Alphabet notecards

Bring a personal touch back to writing with these alphabet note cards, printed on 300gsm Colourplan Old Mill Premium White cardstock with a repeating pattern of the letter of your choice, available in all 26 characters. Blank on the inside, they come in packs of 8 made up of 2 of each color; blue, green, yellow, and red, complete with envelopes.

Box of pencils

Start any sketch with this box of six, standard HB pencils. Each pencil features a distinctive Transport for London phrase taken from archive TfL signage and posters. The pencil box and pencils all feature the remastered Johnston100, designed for Transport for London. The standout orange colour is inspired by the fluorescent orange workwear worn by maintenance teams on the train lines.

Alan Kitching postcard book

See the alphabet through the eyes of letterpress legend, Alan Kitching. This 26-page postcard book, one for every letter, features wood letters from Alan Kitching’s studio. We suggest getting two copies— one to keep and one to use as postcards!

For the commuter

Orange Johnston100 totebag

Stand out in the commuting crowd with this orange tote, including an unmissable reflective diamond. Each bag features two distinctive Transport for London phrases, familiar to any commuter or visitor to the city of London, both set in Johnston100, designed for Transport for London. The standout orange colour is inspired by the fluorescent orange workwear worn by maintenance teams on the train lines.

Johnston100 poster

A graphic poster, by Monotype, designed for Transport for London (TfL), to celebrate 100 years of the Johnston typeface and to introduce Monotype’s remastered version of the typeface, Johnston100. This poster formed one of 11, commissioned in a series by TfL to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this most iconic of typefaces.

Natural Johnston100 totebag

A classic tote bag with a type twist, this natural coloured tote features a stand out Johnston100 type specimen across one side. Giving the design a pop of colour, each glyph featuring the distinctive Johnston diamond shape tittle has been highlighted in a flourescent orange, the color often seen on overalls worn by TfL maintenance teams across the train lines.

For the host(ess)

Tea towel

Who doesn't love a good tea towel? This 100% cotton tea towel features a reproduction of an original test proof for the Gill Sans Shadow typeface. The Monotye Shop also offers tea towels featuring our newest typeface release, Between by Akira Kobayashi. There's also the The Eric Gill Series typefaces, Albertus, Johnston100, and reproductions of The Recorder cover from the early 20th century. 

Typographic mugs

The Neue Haas Unica™ typeface is Monotype designer Toshi Omagari’s revival of the classic Unica® design, giving it a fresh, digital lease of life. This china mug features a lowercase ‘a’ with diaeresis set in the typeface.

Wooden coasters

Special edition laser cut Sycamore coasters showcases abstract cuts of Gill Sans® Nova. These coasters come 4 to a box made of solid Sycamore and lightly oiled. These were made by InkWorks a UK based production company. 


Give a new feeling to your house with this limited issue black and white cushion cover with a repeating pattern of a Z. Made of 50% linen and 50% cotton that will fit a 45X45cm cushion (not included).For the design reader

For the artist

Alan Kitching apron
Be ready to work in this 100% cotton apron in slate gray, with fully adjustable neck and waist straps. This limited run of 25 was designed and hand pressed by Alan Kitching for the Somerset House and the Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress Exhibition. The apron was produced in the UK by The Apron Company.

Alan Kitching sketchbook

Alan Kitching and Monotype have teamed up to produce these cloth-bound hardback sketchbooks. The cover features foil blocking of Alan’s wood type. Hand-bound in the UK. “Sketchbooks are very instrumental in my way of working. I always have a sketchbook in hand” explains Alan Kitching. 

Paul Rand print by Alan Kitching

Alan Kitching has designed five limited-edition screenprinted posters to celebrate five legendary designers: FHK Henrion, Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. This design is Alan’s tribute to Paul Rand (1914 - 1996), one of the quintessential American graphic designers of the twentieth century. The ‘P’ is set in Monotype’s Gill Sans® Light Shadowed to reflect some of the playfulness of Rand’s children’s books and posters.

For the design reader

The Recorder Issue 1

This edition includes Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press discussing their mission to re-awaken traditional typographic learning in Ireland; an examination of the urban environment through a typographic lens with design educator Harry Leeson, ghost signs expert Sam Roberts’s look at the fading legacy of vintage advertising, and specially commissioned illustrations from Neasden Control Centre and David Doran.

The Recorder Issue 3

In Issue 3 Jennifer Kennard explores how the history of banknotes is also the history of graphic design and printing, and journalist Laura Snoad examines typefaces with a political agenda. Amy Papaelias looks at how a new generation of women is carrying on the legacy of Beatrice Warde, while Angela Riechers examines the typographic impact of neon lettering, and stone carver John Neilson delves into the secrets of an ancient craft.

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