The Recorder #4

The Recorder, Monotype's relaunched/redesigned magazine that explores type in a wider cultural context, has very quickly become a must-have for studio shelves. Issue four is particularly splendid. Not because of the exceptional (and refreshingly colourful) art direction from Luke Tonge, or Adrian Shaughnessy's look at the history of record sleeve design, or even Nicole Phillips' fascinating look at typography in education.

No, it's because 1990 Amiga classic Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (one of the greatest games ever) is on the cover, and every time I see it, I'm struck by waves of nostalgia and joy. The smile only gets bigger when you reach Darren Wall's article inside, looking at the pixelated type of Doom, Sensible Soccer, Street Fighter II, etc. Well worth the cover price alone.