Manila Folders is “a weekly music newsletter” by writer, designer Matthew Smith, launched in 2017. Matthews describes the blog as “a catalog of untitled folders”, allowing him to write, collect and share any music from any genre (expect mostly soul, rap, indie music and Tiny Desk Concerts).
Built in a day, as Matthews describes on his website, the blog’s design – evoking the characteristics of a Manila folder with its cardboard-beige color and tab menu – went through a few changes since its launch. In mid-2019 (?) the blog found its current form using all three styles of Triptych: two serif styles, Regular and Italick, and a bold sans serif, Grotesque. Designed by Ellmer Stefan and released through his Pyte Foundry, Triptych is a loose interpretation of Old Style Antique No. 7, a sturdy predecessor of Bookman, issued by Miller & Richard in ca. 1858.