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  • What’s Cooking

    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations
    hoefler@typography.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Menu typography at discover.typography If you’ve ever dated a graphic designer, this has likely happened to you. You’re seated comfortably at a charming restaurant, presented with menus, and you watch as your companion scans up and down the entrées. Menus are flipped over, brows furrow; eyeglasses are lifted as eyes squint at the details. You catch an occasional “huh” that suggests the discerning judgment of the true connoisseur, and think you’re in for a treat. “See anything you like?” you ask innocently. “I like the italic small caps on…
  • Better UI for Better Typography

    I Love Typography
    johno
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for typeThe introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire. The number of fonts that support these typographic features has grown exponentially over the years. And yet, we – the designers, producers, and users of digital type – have observed with growing despair how software applications offering typesetting capabilities have failed to provide an adequate typographic interface.As a founding partner of the OpenType specification and a leading developer of applications for…
  • Creating a type style guide

    The Typekit Blog
    Susan Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    As the makers of Paper for iPad, FiftyThree does some great work that has always impressed me — so I was pretty excited to work with them when they asked for some help cleaning up the type styles on their marketing website. As is the case in many projects, as the FiftyThree site grew, the type styles grew along with it. As they added pages for new products, the styles weren’t as reusable as the team would have liked. Instead of using mixins or a modular set of styles, each page’s type styles were written directly to fit the design, causing a lot of property repetition as well as…
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    Design Observer
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    A design problem in dire need of reinvention
  • Rachel Berger: A new home for art at Stanford

    Design Observer: Main Posts
    Design Observer
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Stanford bolsters its reputation in the arts with a new home for a private collection
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    I Love Typography

  • Better UI for Better Typography

    johno
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for typeThe introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire. The number of fonts that support these typographic features has grown exponentially over the years. And yet, we – the designers, producers, and users of digital type – have observed with growing despair how software applications offering typesetting capabilities have failed to provide an adequate typographic interface.As a founding partner of the OpenType specification and a leading developer of applications for…
  • The First Female Typographer

    johno
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920). Their options were very limited and pessimistically and perhaps a little exaggeratedly summed up by Sherrill Cohen, who wrote that medieval women faced just three options: ‘marriage, monasticism, and prostitution.’ (Cohen, p. 170). For those who did not join a convent, marriage came early: ‘an unmarried girl of sixteen or seventeen was…
  • This Week in Fonts

    Sean Mitchell
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    A contemporary family from Commercial Type, a connected script by Lián Types, an ambitious sans from Hoftype, a roughed up family by Fontfabric, a hard-working serif from House Industries, a sophisticated sans by Typetanic, a historical stencil face from Storm, and an expressive family by Andinistas.Commercial Type: DarbyDesigned by Dan Milne & Paul BarnesA contemporary family of two related sans serifs: one is the functional Darby Sans; the other a refined display version for large sizes, where the contrast is dramatically higher.Lián Types: SelfieDesigned by Maximiliano…
  • The Questa Project

    johno
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    The three members of the Questa familyThe Questa Project is a type design adventure by Dutch type designers Jos Buivenga and Martin Majoor. Their collaboration began in 2010 using Buivenga’s initial sketches for a squarish Didot-like display typeface as a starting point. It was a perfect base on which to apply Majoor’s type design philosophy that a serif typeface is a logical starting point for creating a sans serif version and not the other way around. The extensive Questa family includes serif, sans, and display typefaces.Questa, a serifed typefaceThe initial sketches of QuestaFirst of…
  • Type on Screen

    johno
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    By the 1990s, CD-ROMs and the Internet turned computer screens into the final display substrate. Those were the dark ages of on-screen typography. Designers traded in low-res compromise, bending to the will of fours, the tyranny of the pixel. Endless hours were spent on what my colleagues and I affectionately called “fat-bitting.” It was an activity hardly worth the effort. We were masons, chipping and shifting single pixels — fixing what the screen did to otherwise well intentioned letterforms. “I could be at the bar, but no… I have to fat-bit this shitty logo.”But the…
 
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    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations

  • What’s Cooking

    hoefler@typography.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Menu typography at discover.typography If you’ve ever dated a graphic designer, this has likely happened to you. You’re seated comfortably at a charming restaurant, presented with menus, and you watch as your companion scans up and down the entrées. Menus are flipped over, brows furrow; eyeglasses are lifted as eyes squint at the details. You catch an occasional “huh” that suggests the discerning judgment of the true connoisseur, and think you’re in for a treat. “See anything you like?” you ask innocently. “I like the italic small caps on…
  • New from H&Co: Tungsten Rounded

    hoefler@typography.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    There’s a wonderful materiality about rounded letters. Their lighter weights have an engineered quality: for me, they always bring to mind the controlled movements of a router, steadily cutting channels in brass or steel and leaving behind a spray of metal shavings. Their heavier weights are the stuff of the roadside, both the vacuform plastic letters that advertise gas stations and motels, and the painted signs that herald this week’s prices for groceries or liquor. Applying these tactile qualities to our suave Tungsten family gives us Tungsten Rounded, a new family of six fonts…
  • Football as Football

    hoefler@typography.com
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How six designers in Minneapolis crashed the American sports vernacular with the grandest graphic traditions of European football. {image_1} As the World Cup winds down, many Americans will turn from the excitement and agony of football to another beloved pastime: football. American football, to be precise. This year, six Minneapolis co-workers have combined these obsessions with their love of design into a single experience called Football as Football, which reimagines the logos of American football teams in the heraldic language of the great European football clubs. Watch as the mascots and…
  • Thank You!

    hoefler@typography.com
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    One of the great joys of designing typefaces is seeing them in the wild, and discovering what new voices people have coaxed out of your work. A year ago today, we launched Cloud.typography, and had no idea that we’d be presented with these delights so deeply, so rapidly, and so often: for twelve months, we’ve watched designers sign up for the service one day, build things the next, and deploy their sites the following morning. We’ve seen our letters come to life in ways we’d never imagined, on the sites we use every day, and in new settings that push the boundaries of…
  • New from H&Co: Nitro & Turbo

    hoefler@typography.com
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    In contrast to our last release, a hundred-style family inspired by tiny engravings on vintage maps, today we’re introducing a two-style family of forward-looking, stadium-sized letters: meet Nitro & Turbo. The irrepressibly energetic Nitro grew out of a commission from Michael Bierut at Pentagram, to create an original typeface for the New York Jets. An unusual project, Nitro started not with a moderate weight roman, but with a black italic, usually the most peripheral member of a type family. Instinctively we felt that Nitro could benefit from a companion design, but what?
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    The Typekit Blog

  • Creating a type style guide

    Susan Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    As the makers of Paper for iPad, FiftyThree does some great work that has always impressed me — so I was pretty excited to work with them when they asked for some help cleaning up the type styles on their marketing website. As is the case in many projects, as the FiftyThree site grew, the type styles grew along with it. As they added pages for new products, the styles weren’t as reusable as the team would have liked. Instead of using mixins or a modular set of styles, each page’s type styles were written directly to fit the design, causing a lot of property repetition as well as…
  • November Speaking Engagements

    Liz Galle
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    This November, a few of us from the Typekit team will be making conference appearances from California to Germany and Portugal. (There are tickets available for all of these events at the time of posting.) Internationalization and Unicode Conference 3-5 November 2014 | Santa Clara, California, USA Registration In his talk “Developing & Deploying The World’s First Open Source Pan-CJK Typeface Family,” Ken Lunde will delve into the development of Source Han Sans and Noto Sans CJK. (Web)Fontday Munich 8 November 2014 | Munich, Germany Registration Bram Stein will explore…
  • Sites We Like: Fans Corner & Simply Sport

    Sally Kerrigan
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Sports fans, your week has arrived. From the club football fan community to sports media marketers, this week’s Sites We Like are all about the love of the game. Fans Corner A hub for football fans all over the world, Fans Corner goes all in with Museo Slab for its website typography. The slab serif works beautifully in big display size — that “C” really shows off its character nicely — and also scales down neatly for body text. Simply Sport We don’t often see the art-deco-inspired Le Havre used as the sole typeface across an entire website, but by mixing up the…
  • Pan-CJK Partner Profile: Sandoll Communication

    Caleb Belohlavek
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    While developing Source Han Sans, Adobe and Google worked with three different companies to bring the kind of in-country expertise we knew we needed to hit the quality threshold we had set for this typeface family: Iwata Corporation in Japan, Sandoll Communication in Korea, and Changzhou SinoType in China. Today we would like to introduce you to Sandoll Communication, a leading Korean type foundry. Although Adobe possessed fairly broad knowledge in designing ideographs, we had very little design expertise with Korean, a written language that is very different from its East Asian siblings. We…
  • Sites We Like: Levle Frames + Wood&Faulk

    Sally Kerrigan
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Sometimes the everyday objects around us are so ubiquitous, we forget about the hard work and design that goes into them. In this week’s Sites We Like, picture frames and handcrafted accessories take a moment in the spotlight. Levle Frames Freight Sans is an elegant, tasteful heading choice on the Levle Frames website, which (unsurprisingly, considering their love for artwork) demonstrates a good eye for visual composition as well. The body text contrasts nicely in soft, sturdy FF Tisa. Wood&Faulk Fierce attention to detail is evident in the Wood&Faulk shop, and we love that…
 
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    Design is Kinky

  • Lynx Expression giveaway

    Andrew
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The guys at Lynx are not only making your pits smell nice, but they’re working with a bunch of cool artists to make some products under the Expression Series. They’ve kindly given Design is Kinky five t-shirts and five posters by Sheryo & The Yok to give away to our lovely followers. Head over to their Instagram and make an interesting comment, also making sure to include @designiskinky in your post and you might be lucky enough to win.
  • Nowherefamous t-shirts

    Andrew
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Our mates at Nowherefamous have just created a couple new t-shirts, one shown in the image above. They’re still sorting out an online store but if you are keen on more info send an email to info@nowherefamous.com for details.
  • Matthew Grabelsky

    Andrew
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Great paintings by Matthew Grabelsky.
  • Trent Whitehead

    Andrew
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Mild Manners crew have a new space opening up in Sydney soon and to kick it off they have a show with Aussie artist Trent Whitehead. It opens next week on the 25th. Don’t miss it.
  • Study Of Hair [Melb 26/9]

    Andrew
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
 
 
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    Ralf Herrmann: Wayfinding & Typography

  • The Pronunciation of European Typefaces (Extended YouTube version)

    Ralf Herrmann
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Last year I posted a couple of MP3 files with the pronunciation of European typeface namens which are either German, French or Italien. I extended this selection and put it together as a YouTube video with type specimen images for each of the now 37 typefaces. Enjoy! Tweet
  • Historic “ASCII art” made with a Monotype machine

    Ralf Herrmann
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    We all know ASCII art – the creation of computer images with a limited set of Latin letters. But this film from 1939 shows that even Monotype machines where used to create such pictures. Enjoy! Tweet
  • Capital Sharp S designs. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    Ralf Herrmann
    18 Nov 2013 | 4:40 am
    Two years ago I wrote an article with suggestions on how to design a Capital Sharp S (ẞ). Now that over 400 new type families with support for this new character have been released, I thought it would be a good time to review, how the typedesigners have drawn their Capital Sharp S. At first, […]
  • Pictures from the Lettergieterij Amsterdam

    Ralf Herrmann
    15 Oct 2013 | 6:40 am
      The above images are from the 1916 type specimen book “Letterproef der Lettergieterij Amsterdam, vorheen N. Tetterode” Tweet
  • Legibility Research: Type Design for Children with Low Vision

    Ralf Herrmann
    1 Oct 2013 | 5:41 am
    In the last years, Ann Bessemans from Belgium researched how people, especially children with low vision, read type and how this is affected by the design of typefaces. In this guest article she explains her research and findings, and introduces her typeface Matilda, that was developed as a result of the research.  My PhD research […]
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    Type Specimen Pool

  • Bowling Script _ Rock

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ale Paul has added a photo to the pool: Get the font www.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/bowling-script/ — About the typeface — There is plenty of lyric and literature about looking over one’s shoulder in contemplation. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? This is the kind of question that comes out of nowhere. When it does and whether its context is personal or professional make very little difference. It’s a question that can cause emotions to rise and passions to run hot. It can trigger priority shifts and identity crises. It’s never easy to answer.
  • Bowling Script _ Funk

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ale Paul has added a photo to the pool: Get the font www.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/bowling-script/ — About the typeface — There is plenty of lyric and literature about looking over one’s shoulder in contemplation. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? This is the kind of question that comes out of nowhere. When it does and whether its context is personal or professional make very little difference. It’s a question that can cause emotions to rise and passions to run hot. It can trigger priority shifts and identity crises. It’s never easy to answer.
  • Bowling Script _ Blues

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ale Paul has added a photo to the pool: Get the font www.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/bowling-script/ — About the typeface — There is plenty of lyric and literature about looking over one’s shoulder in contemplation. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? This is the kind of question that comes out of nowhere. When it does and whether its context is personal or professional make very little difference. It’s a question that can cause emotions to rise and passions to run hot. It can trigger priority shifts and identity crises. It’s never easy to answer.
  • Bowling Script

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Ale Paul has added a photo to the pool: Get a license at www.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/bowling-script/ About the typeface There is plenty of lyric and literature about looking over one’s shoulder in contemplation. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? This is the kind of question that comes out of nowhere. When it does and whether its context is personal or professional make very little difference. It’s a question that can cause emotions to rise and passions to run hot. It can trigger priority shifts and identity crises. It’s never easy to answer.
  • Ready to flash?

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Peter Van Lancker has added a photo to the pool: Making photopolymer characters.
 
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    TypeCulture Latest News Feed

  • An Interview with Mark Jamra

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    This interview at CreativePro.com was conducted by Ilene Strizver and reveals a bit about my design background and process.
  • TypeCulture Web Fonts

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Adobe Typekit is now providing delivery & subscriptions of TypeCulture fonts for the web, desktop sync and mobile apps. Kinesis Pro, Expo Serif Pro, Expo Sans Pro, Expo Sans Pro Condensed, Phoreus Cherokee, Alphatier Pro, Latienne Pro and Tacitus Pro are ready for your website.
  • New: Phoreus Cherokee

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
    TypeCulture’s newest type family is an innovative design for the Cherokee language. Read the intriguing story behind Phoreus Cherokee and download the specimen PDF in the Foundry.
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    12 Jul 2011 | 12:29 pm
    Just a reminder: all TypeCulture news items (both the significant and the less significant), as well as interesting type-related stories and online discoveries (with links and pictures!) can be found on the TypeCulture Facebook page.
 
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    You Should Like Type Too

  • Happy Saturday

    Rob
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    From Berlin. And the full version:
  • There’s a moth & a frog on the window…

    Rob
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    There’s a moth & a frog on the window of the hotel and the moth is bigger. #IncredibleIndia
  • Matthew Carter in the pathetic Esquire

    Rob
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    This post comes in short parts: Part 1: Esquire – Most Uncreative Magazine of the Year Esquire UK has a special “Black Book” biannual edition that is a “style manual for successful men”. This issue produced the the strongest visceral reaction I’ve ever had to a major magazine. I was shocked to see the lazy trend following, lack of any taste, creativity, or unique style from these guys. Art Director Nick Millington, Deputy Art Director Peter Ainsworth, and Designer Anup Parmar should all have their computers confiscated and thrown into the Thames. None of…
  • Literally watching water boil is a…

    Rob
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Literally watching water boil is a tourist attraction in #Wisconsin
  • I’m so high right now.

    Rob
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    From the 103rd floor at the Willis Tower.
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    The FontGear Blog

  • 365 Paintings for Ants

    fontgear
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    A short film by Gareth Pon about artist Lorraine Loots. At the beginning of 2013, she began to paint one miniature painting a day. You can actually purchase from a limited number of her prints, or book a day on her website.
  • Packages That Pop: COS

    fontgear
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    COS is a partner company to H&M. Their website is fresh and unexpected. But what we love most is this series of promotional videos they have made – especially their most recent: The Sounds of COS Video by Lernert & Sander
  • Typeface Tuesday: Ryman Eco

    fontgear
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    It’s Typeface Tuesday on a Wednesday! This short documentary was too good to save for next week, so here it is a little early – or late? Ryman Eco was designed specifically to reduce the environmental impact of printing. You can also download it for free at their website here.
  • Daily Doodle Gram

    fontgear
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    This short documentary by Like Knows Like follows Geffen Refauli - a freelance illustrator in Tel Aviv, Isreal who started a project on instagram called @DailyDoodleGram.
  • Typeface Tuesday: Strukture

    fontgear
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Strukture designed by Bonnie Cheng. “Strukture is a typeface design best used as a display font in a medium to large size; suitable for posters and headings. Each letter is designed with a simplified form, contrasting solid shapes to light line formations, giving the typeface a structural quality.” ~Bonnie Cheng
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    I Love Typography

  • Better UI for Better Typography

    johno
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for typeThe introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire. The number of fonts that support these typographic features has grown exponentially over the years. And yet, we – the designers, producers, and users of digital type – have observed with growing despair how software applications offering typesetting capabilities have failed to provide an adequate typographic interface.As a founding partner of the OpenType specification and a leading developer of applications for…
  • The First Female Typographer

    johno
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920). Their options were very limited and pessimistically and perhaps a little exaggeratedly summed up by Sherrill Cohen, who wrote that medieval women faced just three options: ‘marriage, monasticism, and prostitution.’ (Cohen, p. 170). For those who did not join a convent, marriage came early: ‘an unmarried girl of sixteen or seventeen was…
  • This Week in Fonts

    Sean Mitchell
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    A contemporary family from Commercial Type, a connected script by Lián Types, an ambitious sans from Hoftype, a roughed up family by Fontfabric, a hard-working serif from House Industries, a sophisticated sans by Typetanic, a historical stencil face from Storm, and an expressive family by Andinistas.Commercial Type: DarbyDesigned by Dan Milne & Paul BarnesA contemporary family of two related sans serifs: one is the functional Darby Sans; the other a refined display version for large sizes, where the contrast is dramatically higher.Lián Types: SelfieDesigned by Maximiliano…
  • The Questa Project

    johno
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    The three members of the Questa familyThe Questa Project is a type design adventure by Dutch type designers Jos Buivenga and Martin Majoor. Their collaboration began in 2010 using Buivenga’s initial sketches for a squarish Didot-like display typeface as a starting point. It was a perfect base on which to apply Majoor’s type design philosophy that a serif typeface is a logical starting point for creating a sans serif version and not the other way around. The extensive Questa family includes serif, sans, and display typefaces.Questa, a serifed typefaceThe initial sketches of QuestaFirst of…
  • Type on Screen

    johno
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    By the 1990s, CD-ROMs and the Internet turned computer screens into the final display substrate. Those were the dark ages of on-screen typography. Designers traded in low-res compromise, bending to the will of fours, the tyranny of the pixel. Endless hours were spent on what my colleagues and I affectionately called “fat-bitting.” It was an activity hardly worth the effort. We were masons, chipping and shifting single pixels — fixing what the screen did to otherwise well intentioned letterforms. “I could be at the bar, but no… I have to fat-bit this shitty logo.”But the…
 
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    TypeEd: Fundamentals of Typography » Rag Right

  • I Can’t Live Without Your Face

    Rachel Elnar
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Univers Font Study by Rachel Galindo. “My favorite typefaces switch over time. Right now, I find myself turning to Univers (Adrian Frutiger, 1957) pretty regularly. With such a large family (21 faces), it can serve so many purposes. And I love that it's available in condensed and extended too. Clean and readable, it's a good workhorse.” — John Clifford, Owner at Think Studio
  • Typography Learned Through The Trade

    Michael Stinson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    To me, Southern California was a typographically-starved land. I thought for years that if I had more of the work, I could help make my environment look better. Like a one-man band, tooting my own horn for years, I'd been trying to do it all on my own.
  • Sara Pastrana Mends Curse Words

    Rachel Elnar
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Sara Pastrana works as a senior designer for a non-profit in Santa Monica designing publications and create branding for events. She enjoys working at her "regular" job during the week where my designs are to fit within a defined structure. And then she works on her personal design projects that combine both craft and design where she's free to go as far as her imagination can go. And, far, she does go.
  • The In-House Type: USC University Communications

    Rachel Elnar
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    "Two words: Flex Friday," says Sheharazad Fleming, Art Director at USC. "We tend to slow down a bit over the month of July, during which, our creatives are each encouraged to take a Friday break from the office to seek out inspiration."
  • The In-House Type: The Hollywood Reporter

    Rachel Elnar
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:03 pm
    "In my experience, learning and enhancing typography skills comes fairly organically from working on pages for the magazine every day," says Kelsey Stefanson, Assistant Art Director at The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a fun 'learn the rules before you can break them' environment." Typography is truly integrated with the business of editorial design, because your goal is to create interaction with the reader. That's why TypeEd spoke to Stefanson about how The Hollywood Reporter keeps typography fresh in their work.
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