The aim with The Palace of Typographic Masonry is to make a plea for the splendour and variety of the graphic languages. A place where the intrinsic values of graphic design can be stored and cherished, a collective (imagined) building that is entirely devoted to the craft’s abundance, poetry and digressions. This mission of 'The Palace of Typographic Masonry' is expressed in exhibitions, publications, lectures and other initiatives, amongst which this encyclopedial website.
The structure of The Palace of Typographic Masonry consists of 9 Departments (Sign, Symbol and Ornament, Construction, Poetics and Play, Order, Craft and Practice), 9 frames through which graphic design can be seen, 9 themes in which it can be classified. From what started out as a personal initiative of Richard Niessen, The Palace of Typographic Masonry is now forming a platform where more and more graphic designers are invited and involved in.