A special thanks to our early adopters.
When we first received permission from the MTA to reissue the Standards Manual, we began tweeting a page a day on Twitter @standardsmanual, offering the world a delicious preview of pages and pages of book porn.
(Still doing that, so feel free to indulge.)
Around that time, type designer Nick Sherman reached out after a “weekend experiment” of recreating the font from the Standards Manual, using the photographs we posted on thestandardsmanual.com. Nick has allowed us to use this recreation—a custom version of Standard Medium—on the reissue cover, introduction, and essay headings. Since the beginning of our campaign, Nick has also been working with high-resolution scans that we supplied to further refine the typeface.
In the weeks up to launching this campaign, we were trying to delineate just who and how many people would be interested in this reissue. Of course we were incredibly excited, and incredibly biased–we are bonafide design nerds. Still, we worked out that the best possible situation was to make a campaign goal of producing 1,000 books.
Then we hit that goal in mere hours—which has brought us to where we are now.
We realize we could not have gotten to where we are now without our early adopters. And we truly thank you for that. To properly recognize your support, each of the first 1,000 backers will receive an 8 x 8" specimen sheet of Nick’s typeface, letterpress printed with black ink in the United States. (See below!)
Nick isn’t the only person who has come out of the woodworks since we began this journey, and we have more exciting announcements to share in the coming days.
Jesse and Hamish