From the author’s mouth

In the first of a new series of posts by Freight authors, Iain Maloney
– whose debut novel First Time Solo will be published on 23rd of June – writes a response to a recent article by Will Self (link below).

Bring out your dead How the Dead Write

On May 2nd in The Guardian, previewing a lecture given on May 6th, Will Self announced the death of the literary novel. At least that’s what the headline stated: ‘The Novel is Dead (this time it’s for real)’. I’m going to give Self the benefit of the doubt and assume it was an over-eager sub-editor who came up with that piece of click bait. Continue reading

So long, and thanks for all the Just Our Types!

The full-time publishers at Freight Books react to the sad loss of one of the designers (to a new job)


Today is a very sad day, as one of our designers, David B, will be moving onwards to a spangly new job. We know that he’ll do amazingly, but it pains us all to be saying goodbye. Despite the fact that the office is simply brimming with cakes this afternoon, it will be an afternoon of mourning.

Unless we just lock him in the meeting room for the foreseeable future. We’ll let you know what we decide.


(unless we lock you in the meeting room)

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Last week, Freight Books read…


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. This has quickly become one of my favourite science fiction novels of all time. It is another book that has been made into a film, but one which I believe is far more striking and poetic on the page than on the screen. The title of the book introduces the idea of consciousness and humanity, and seems to ask not only what androids dream about, but whether or not they dream at all. The narrative deals very consciously with the question of what makes a human being ‘human’, and offers its own theories and perceptions on the principles of empathy and emotion. Continue reading

Last week, Freight Books read…

never let me goNever Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber). This was quite a provocative and haunting story to get my head around. It is the kind of book that you finish and then immediately badger all of your close friends and family to read so that you can talk to them about it because you can’t possibly keep all of your thoughts to yourself. It raises some interesting questions about human nature and morality in a contorted world where science has progressed further than in reality. Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a dystopian setting in England, almost identical to the England that we know, but with some very important differences that change the lives of the characters in the book – for good and bad, depending on who they are. Continue reading

Just Our Type

Every month Freight aims to give you a preview of one of our designer’s favourite fonts. This month David Benjamin brings you…

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Max Miedinger (with Eduard Hoffmann)
Haas Type Foundry, 1957


In 1956 Swiss type designer Max Miedinger was commissioned by Eduard Hoffmann to design a new sans-serif typeface for the Haas Type Foundry.

Hoffmann wanted a typeface that would be able to compete commercially with Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold Type Foundry). From an earlier typeface, Schelter Grotesk, Miedinger developed a neutral and highly legible typeface ideal for application to signage.

2 Helvetica SignageIn 1957, the release of ‘Neue Haas Grotesk’ was an immediate success, making its first appearance at the Swiss print and graphic arts trade show, ‘Graphic 57’. Continue reading

Just Our Type

Every month Freight aims to give you a preview of one of our designer’s favourite fonts. This week David Benjamin brings you…

Robert Besley, 1845
The Fann Street Foundry
Named after Oxford’s Clarendon Press, this was the first typeface to be patented under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842. Unfortunately for designer Robert Besley, the patent only lasted 3 years and due to it’s widespread popularity, was quickly copied by other foundries when it expired. Continue reading