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Contextual Alternate is an independent initiative to archive, generate, & publish critical scholarship at the crossroads of typography, design, and history.

Seeking, and drawing upon, a diversity of outlooks in research and criticism our objective is to build a richly informed body of work that can cut across boundaries, and stimulate enquiry into new areas of knowledge.

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INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING


Research that can inform more than one area of scholarship and application, brought directly to you in the form of responsibly-made, high-quality books

PRINT+ONLINE JOURNAL


Read online and in print, we bring you fresh perspectives on matters historical and typographical, from a range of scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts

TYPOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE


A growing collection of printed matter and related artefacts for a vigorous engagement with original material in developing better-informed histories

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WHAT WE DO

Contextual Alternate publishes books, commissions articles for its journal, and maintains a modest but growing archive of typographic material to serve as a springboard for new research.

Contextual Alternate aims to generate critical conversations on visual and material cultures across geographical, professional, and disciplinary boundaries. Drawing on a multiplicity of outlooks and exploring larger themes than are usually acknowledged within design and typography, we aim to address a broad and diverse readership through more widely accessible modes of critical engagement. With an alternative approach to both the subject matter and the conventional scope of design publishing, we offer books made with care and precision not as fine-printed commodities but as honest and useful instruments in the dissemination of knowledge.

We also publish an eponymous journal. Appearing once every year in print – with extracts of articles made available online – each issue is broadly framed around particular themes. Envisioned as an avenue for constructive dialogue across a wide range of critical concerns, the journal aims to open new directions of inquiry and pave the way for further research and collaboration.

Contextual Alternate is an independent publishing initiative. It carries no institutional affiliations or external sponsorships. It is subsidised by and run within the means of its publisher, and it sustains entirely on the support of its readers and subscribers.

CREDITS


Editor & publisher
Vaibhav Singh »


Illustrations
Poonam Athalye »


Photography (and numerals)
Alessia Mazzarella »


Authors and contributors
See the full list »


Acknowledgements
Duarte Carrilho Da Graça
With special thanks to
Surabhi Singh


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SUPPORT US

Subscribe today to Contextual Alternate to lend your support to our efforts – help us develop & sustain cross-disciplinary scholarship for years to come!

Your support will help us commission new authors and more original research (made widely available through our books and journal) and also keep this website up and running. Support us in bringing new, exciting scholarship to life.



 2-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION


45.00

A copy of two successive annual issues of the journal (including the current year) at a special discounted price, shipped free worldwide

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 3-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION


65.00

A copy of three successive annual issues of the journal (including the current year) at a special discounted price, shipped free worldwide

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 5-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION


100.00

A copy of five successive annual issues of the journal (including the current year) at a special discounted price, shipped free worldwide

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Yearly subscription is not the only possibility – generosity also crosses paths with collective support every now and then! If you have more than a little enthusiasm for us, and would prefer a one-time transaction for lifelong supply, here are some options:



LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION


350.00

Limited inaugural offer
Two copies of every issue of the journal we ever publish, including special issues and anthologies, shipped free

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JOURNAL+ALL BOOKS


600.00

Limited inaugural offer
Two copies of every issue of the journal we ever publish, plus a copy of every book we ever publish, shipped free

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EVERYTHING FOREVER


1,200.00

Limited inaugural offer
Three copies of absolutely everything we ever publish at Contextual Alternate shipped free to you

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CONTACT US


Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the material used on this website.


If you would like to submit a journal article, please get in touch for our specifications and guidelines.