"I like things that have letters on them," Jim Parkinson explains as he leads me into his studio, a sunlit space tucked into a top back corner of his Oakland home. Three walls of the room are covered top to bottom, edge to edge with posters, signs, notes, ads, newspaper headlines, sketches, magazine covers, certificates, and even metal letters. One small card is the diploma Parkinson's mother received for her penmanship; a photograph of legendary type designer Fred Goudy and his cat is signed "Fr... More >>>