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  • This Month In Typography

    I Love Typography
    Alec Julien
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we learn some important typographic pronunciations, figure out how to work with layered web fonts, watch Mark Simonson talk about offset lithography, revisit the 1970 New York City Transit Authority graphics standards manual, see what medieval scribes were doodling in the margins of their […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. This Month In Typography
  • Letters in Wonderhand

    I Love Typography
    johno
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Although I’m always dealing with letters in my work, embarking on a type design project is rather the exception. My main occupation, ‘Lettering’, varies from commission to commission and projects tend to last for short periods of time with widely different outcomes. Type projects normally extend for a longer period of time and, from my […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Letters in Wonderhand
  • Introducing Quarto

    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations
    hoefler@typography.com
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Meet Quarto, a new family of display faces. Dutch Old Styles are marvelous and versatile typefaces, and one of typography’s dominant species. The style, which dates to the late sixteenth century, features a large lowercase, compact descenders, and a dense texture, together making them an excellent choice for setting headlines. We had the opportunity to explore the style when we were commissioned to create an original typeface for Portfolio magazine, a business title launched by Condé Nast, and designed by Robert Priest and Grace Lee. From out of this work comes Quarto®, a new…
  • Sites We Like: Moonbase, Planetary, & SpaceX

    The Typekit Blog
    Sally Kerrigan
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    There’s little that captivates the imagination like the idea of outer space and exploring beyond our home planet. This week we’re looking at a few sites that feel the pull of the stars — including one that actually does the space thing for real. Moonbase Iconic geometric face Futura PT retains its position as the typeface of the future on the Moonbase homepage, making a bold entry as the title header and appearing in tidy subheads throughout the rest of the page. They’ve taken pains to pair it carefully with serif Elena, sometimes even on the same line of text (no small…
  • Typomad

    Typography Served
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
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    I Love Typography

  • Letters in Wonderhand

    johno
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Although I’m always dealing with letters in my work, embarking on a type design project is rather the exception. My main occupation, ‘Lettering’, varies from commission to commission and projects tend to last for short periods of time with widely different outcomes. Type projects normally extend for a longer period of time and, from my […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Letters in Wonderhand
  • New Fonts 1

    johno
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    It’s been a good couple of months for font releases. And there are many more than I could list here (and many more that I am, unfortunately, blissfully unaware of). I can hardly keep up. Anyway, here are eight typefaces (comprising a total 126 fonts) that caught my eye. I no longer do comments on […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. New Fonts 1
  • This Month In Typography

    Alec Julien
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we learn some important typographic pronunciations, figure out how to work with layered web fonts, watch Mark Simonson talk about offset lithography, revisit the 1970 New York City Transit Authority graphics standards manual, see what medieval scribes were doodling in the margins of their […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. This Month In Typography
  • Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters

    johno
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Most users are unaware of the sophisticated typesetting possibilities of today’s personal computers because they have to interact with fonts through a keyboard offering a minimal subset of the character set. It is as if they are looking at their fonts through a keyhole. Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters
  • Better UI for Better Typography

    johno
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for type The 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 […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Better UI for Better Typography
 
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    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations

  • Introducing Quarto

    hoefler@typography.com
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Meet Quarto, a new family of display faces. Dutch Old Styles are marvelous and versatile typefaces, and one of typography’s dominant species. The style, which dates to the late sixteenth century, features a large lowercase, compact descenders, and a dense texture, together making them an excellent choice for setting headlines. We had the opportunity to explore the style when we were commissioned to create an original typeface for Portfolio magazine, a business title launched by Condé Nast, and designed by Robert Priest and Grace Lee. From out of this work comes Quarto®, a new…
  • Toward a Philosophy of Webfonts: A Lecture at Beyond Tellerrand, Berlin

    hoefler@typography.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    If you’ll be in Berlin next week, I hope you’ll join me and my fellow speakers for Beyond Tellerrand, the design technology conference that’s quickly become a favorite locus for interesting design thinking. Equal measures of visual design and web technology always combine for an inspiring and provocative couple of days. I’ll be talking about webfonts, and a critical framework that I’ve found useful in understanding their intentions and assessing their quality. And if all goes well this week, I’m hoping to have the opportunity to introduce some new…
  • Cloud.typography Browser Support Now Goes to 11

    hoefler@typography.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Cloud.typography now supports even more integrated browsers, like the ones built into web development tools and mobile apps. Cloud.typography is designed to identify the type of browser viewing a web page, and to respond with exactly the right kind of fonts. This offers advantages in terms of both render quality and filesize: IE6 for Windows gets the additional help it needs to render small type crisply, and Safari for iOS gets fonts that aren’t encumbered by excess data. Now, we’ve supplemented Cloud.typography’s long list of browsers and font types with a safety net,…
  • 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…
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    The Typekit Blog

  • Sites We Like: Moonbase, Planetary, & SpaceX

    Sally Kerrigan
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    There’s little that captivates the imagination like the idea of outer space and exploring beyond our home planet. This week we’re looking at a few sites that feel the pull of the stars — including one that actually does the space thing for real. Moonbase Iconic geometric face Futura PT retains its position as the typeface of the future on the Moonbase homepage, making a bold entry as the title header and appearing in tidy subheads throughout the rest of the page. They’ve taken pains to pair it carefully with serif Elena, sometimes even on the same line of text (no small…
  • Pan-CJK Partner Profile: Iwata Corporation

    Nicole Miñoza
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    An ambitious project from the start, the development of our Pan-CJK typeface Source Han Sans brought together the work of Adobe, Google, and three in-country type foundries: Iwata Corporation in Japan, Sandoll Communication in Korea, and Changzhou SinoType in China. We recently sat down with Yutaka Ozawa and Tsuyoshi Sugimoto of Iwata, one of Japan’s oldest and most respected type foundries, to talk about the Source Han Sans project. Can you provide me with a little bit of history about Iwata? Iwata Corporation can be traced back to Iwata Matrix Co., Ltd, which was founded in 1920 and has…
  • Sites You Like: SteelCent, 352, & SpeakUp

    Sally Kerrigan
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    We love hearing about the sites you’re building, and any other great type you see in the wild. This week, we’re rounding up a few sites you nominated. (Adelle Sans looks to be a favorite!) If you’ve got a favorite type-driven site that hasn’t made our list yet, let us know on Twitter or in the comments. Steel Cent Paper & Prints Steel Cent Paper & Prints knows their way around type, with a number of Leitura News‘s ligatures in action here for a slightly dressed-up feel in the already-classy serif. Penna Connected looks beautiful as a subhead here — a…
  • Sites We Like: Break Conference, Confab, & BDConf

    Sally Kerrigan
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    We’re thick into conference season over here, and happened to notice a handful of sites using some pretty sweet fonts. Is there some sort of correlation between November conferences and great type? Break Conference A brand new conference on design, Break is happening next week over in Belfast. We love the smooth design of this website, with bold white blocks over the deep blue background. Klavika Condensed (and Klavika Display) are stunning header choices, and pair up beautifully with serif Elena. All typefaces are from Process Type Foundry and hosted by Typekit. (Check out our…
  • Typekit sponsors the Wayzgoose type conference

    Sally Kerrigan
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Type geeks of the Midwest, it’s time for the annual Wayzgoose type conference at Hamilton Wood Type! Hosted up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, it’s a small and friendly gathering of designers, printers, and typographers — and it’s our honor to finally join the list of sponsors. The conference begins November 7th (tomorrow!) with a series of workshops, and then runs through the weekend with breakout sessions on topics related to printing and typography. Speakers include Chuck Anderson, Silvio Antiga and Sandro Berra from Tipoteca, and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, along…
 
 
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    Design is Kinky

  • Lorraine Loots

    Nikki Catalano
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Meet the miniature world of Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots. Beginning with her 365 Postcards For Ants project, each day she creates a unique little painting with the assistance of a magnifying glass.
  • Graeme Berglund

    AJ
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Graeme Berglund, a Canadian artist based in Vancouver, creates cityscape paintings full of light and in interesting compositions.
  • Patrice Barnabé

    AJ
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    French born, Barcelona based, graphic designer Patrice Barnabé creates beautiful work.
  • Mark Stuckert

    AJ
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Beautiful title design, and more, by Vancouver based art director Mark Stuckert.
  • Kyle Sauter

    AJ
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    We’re enjoying the illustration work of Kyle Sauter.
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    Jean François Porchez

  • Introducing Nespresso typeface

    Jean François Porchez
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    The bespoke Nespresso alphabet can be definited as geometric mono-linear typeface. Some of its details come from vernacular italian lettering style, when other elements are typical from Art-déco style. Nespresso use typical Italian vocabulary for its products, following the same path, Nespresso typeface aim is to strenghten Italian typographic style, even as a delicate, subtile homage to the home of the best coffee in the world.
  • Mencken Pro preview

    Jean François Porchez
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Mencken is a typeface designed originally for the Baltimore Sun in 2005. Less than 10 years later, after many months of labor, the outlines of the 8 masters are ready today. Next step will be kerning, intermediate Subhead masters and bunch intermediate weights. Then, will come the Condensed versions.
  • L’excellence typographique – The haute couture of typeface design

    Jean François Porchez
    23 May 2014 | 1:51 am
    The monograph about my typeface design and typography work is now available at Atelier Perrousseaux publisher website. It’s a bilingual book French-English. I hope you will like it. It was a great experience. I would take this opportunity to thanks people who worked on this book…
  • ATypI Lyon 1998: Azerty Conference Gazette

    Jean François Porchez
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    As organizer of the ATypI Lyon 1998 conference called MultiTypo, thanks to Chester today who pushed me to Google “Porchez Beret” and find back the conference newsletters available in pdf on the ATypI archive website. Enjoy the images from colleagues!
  • Robert Parker logotype: refused

    Jean François Porchez
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    In 2013, ZeCraft was asked by a design agency to work on logotype based on the signature of Robert Parker, the wine advocate. I have worked closely with this agency. Proposed few options in June 2013…
 
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    The FontFeed

  • FontCast #19 — Mark Simonson

    David Sudweeks
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    FontShop’s David Sudweeks sat with type designer Mark Simonson at TypeCon 2014 “Capitolized” in Washington, DC to talk about Mark’s work from the early days, submitting his first design to the ITC review board by mail in the late 1970s, to his ways of perceiving and working with original design ideas. FontCast #19 — Mark Simonson from FontShop on Vimeo. A few of the typefaces discussed include what later became Kandal, one of Mark’s first digital releases, and Coquette, a rationalized, upright script mixing the disparate influences of the handwritten French script, and…
  • Global, Local, Social: ATypI Barcelona 2014 (Part 2)

    Sonja Knecht TXET
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    With Typographic Dialogues, the theme of their 58th conference, ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) invited type and design aficionados from all over the world to Barcelona. The presentations on day 2 concentrated primarily on education. While in part 1 of my review you can discover some of the more technical talks given at BAU Design School Barcelona, focusing on interpolation tools, we now switch to all kinds of typography teaching methods. Day 2: educational advice and lots of learnings: by lettering, letterpress dialogues, legibility studies – and looking for roots Again I…
  • Global, Local, Social: ATypI Barcelona 2014 (Part 1)

    Sonja Knecht TXET
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    The 58th annual conference by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) from September 17 to 21, 2014, was held in Barcelona – for the third time in the history of ATypI, after 1972 and 1995. It was a great experience. With this year’s theme, Typographic Dialogues, ATypI invited students and professionals to participate in a delightful mixture of workshops, lectures, social events and exhibitions, and to explore the wider fields of design and typography together. The first two days with practical, technical and educational topics plus workshops took place in the BAU Design…
  • From Form Bring The Fun Fair To Reasons To Be Creative

    Yves Peters
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Yesterday another edition of Reasons to be Creative in Brighton, UK closed. This terrific three-day festival is the successor of the legendary Flash On The Beach. Voted “Best Conference of The Year 2013”, it gradually evolved into an inspirational event with a broad scope, mainly focusing on creativity and code. I was honoured to be part of it in 2012 when I provided the Tuesday night’s Inspired session with my movie poster talk and did a livestream from the Influxis Lounge, and last year I had a blast simply attending the friendly conference. Unfortunately I could not make this…
  • FontCast #18 — John Hudson

    Yves Peters
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    After an extended hiatus FontCast is back. The origins of FontShop’s video podcast go back to ATypI’s Typ09 conference in Mexico City. Stephen Coles, back then creative director at FontShop, sat down with some of the key players who were leading the way as we headed into the brave new world of web typography. This original series of video interviews was published during our Webfonts Week in November 2009. The series continued beyond these initial interviews. It expanded its scope to feature the most interesting figures in typography, lettering and design talk about their work and their…
 
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    Fonts.com: About Fonts

  • Initial Letters

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    An initial letter is a large first letter of a paragraph, set in a decorative or graphic way. It offers a visual cue that can signify the beginning of an entire work, such as a book or article, as well as chapters or significant paragraphs within a work. Initial letters liven up a page by adding color, emphasis, and typographic interest.
  • Bulleted Lists

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    Automatic, or manual? No, we’re not talking about transmissions - we’re talking about bullet lists, those frequently used tools for organizing lists of information. Your layout application will be happy to format these lists for you, but for true typ
  • How Typography Happens

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    A compilation of the texts of the Sander Lectures given by Ruari McLean at Cambridge University in 1983
  • Fonts & Logos

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    A rich, engaging book on the letter arts.
  • TDC Medal Awarded to Colin Brignall

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    On June 2nd, noted type designer Colin Brignall became the 20th recipient of the prestigious Type Directors Club TDC Medal.
 
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    You Should Like Type Too

  • Web design is ?% typography.

    Rob
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    The above image is of Bram Stein speaking at #wbfntdy on Nov. 8th. The photo is via: @typographische The below image is of Aurélien Foutoyet speaking at #ecvmdt2015 on Nov. 10th. Photo via: @typofonderie It’s difficult to see here, but behind Aurélien’s head says “stein”, so I believe he is quoting Oliver Reichenstein from this post. There is a big difference between 18.6% and 95%… Who is right, or closer? [update] Thanks to @kupfers who points out that Bram’s statistic was saying 18.6% of CSS code deals with typography, and it was a playful reference…
  • Faenza’s Giant Cemetery

    Rob
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Here are a few of my wonderful finds from Il Cimitero Dell’Osservanza in Faenza, Italy. This beautiful and sprawling cemetery takes hours to properly walk through, it is full of countless inspiring inscriptions, and it’s absolutely worth a visit. Maybe the Kerning conference will organize a tour of the grounds one of these years.
  • Harvard Book Store

    Rob
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was amused by this selection of paperback book covers found in the basement at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.
  • Beer Can Typography

    Rob
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    These images come courtesy of the tasting room at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts. In the middle of a tour of the facilities, guests are invited to sample as much beer as they can drink in 20 minutes. They really kept us busy sampling, so most others there probably don’t notice the massive collection of beer cans lining the back wall. When they announced it was time to exit and finish the tour, I straggled behind a few seconds to capture some of the most interesting/obscure cans.
  • My A is missing something!

    Rob
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    For the last 5-6 years I’ve been avidly (compulsively) collecting the odd typographic phenomenon of the bar-less Latin capital letter A (like this: Λ). For some reason, many many designers feel comfortable chopping off the horizontal crossbar; they think it transforms the typeface into anything from rustic and runic, to techy and space-aged. Warning: Once you start noticing barless A’s, you will see them everywhere. Kinda like this. My image collection is growing daily (I see/photograph on average 1 new example per day!), and I’ve been meaning to post everything somewhere…
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    The FontGear Blog

  • Free Font: South Rose

    fontgear
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Designed by Sydney Goldstein. You can download South Rose here.
  • Packages That Pop: Ona

    fontgear
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Ona is a shining example of a business that has put incredible attention to detail in their branding. The consistency and quality shown through their website, Facebook page and products are just some of what makes this camera bag company ‘pop’.
  • 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.
 
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    I Love Typography

  • Letters in Wonderhand

    johno
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Although I’m always dealing with letters in my work, embarking on a type design project is rather the exception. My main occupation, ‘Lettering’, varies from commission to commission and projects tend to last for short periods of time with widely different outcomes. Type projects normally extend for a longer period of time and, from my […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Letters in Wonderhand
  • New Fonts 1

    johno
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    It’s been a good couple of months for font releases. And there are many more than I could list here (and many more that I am, unfortunately, blissfully unaware of). I can hardly keep up. Anyway, here are eight typefaces (comprising a total 126 fonts) that caught my eye. I no longer do comments on […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. New Fonts 1
  • This Month In Typography

    Alec Julien
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we learn some important typographic pronunciations, figure out how to work with layered web fonts, watch Mark Simonson talk about offset lithography, revisit the 1970 New York City Transit Authority graphics standards manual, see what medieval scribes were doodling in the margins of their […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. This Month In Typography
  • Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters

    johno
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Most users are unaware of the sophisticated typesetting possibilities of today’s personal computers because they have to interact with fonts through a keyboard offering a minimal subset of the character set. It is as if they are looking at their fonts through a keyhole. Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters
  • Better UI for Better Typography

    johno
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for type The 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 […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Better UI for Better Typography
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    TypeEd: Fundamentals of Typography » Rag Right

  • Casting Type in The Role of Graphic Design

    Michael Stinson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    How do you choose a typeface? Do you browse through fonts online and make educated guesses? Typefaces hold history, personality and unique details in their characters, to which you, as design have to "cast type" in the role of your storytelling design, being the "movie."
  • Quiosco: Quirky And Lovable

    Michael Stinson
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Type designer Cyrus Highsmith designed Quiosco to withstand the rigors of printing on cheap paper with high-speed web presses. This transitional serif was constructed specifically for readability at small sizes, revealed by its narrow character spacing and contrasting character outline with the counter shape.
  • Mark Caneso Swashes Surfside

    Rachel Elnar
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Originally from Southern California, Mark Canesco graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2004 and then started a hybrid business after school. He is currently living in Oahu, Hawaii and freelances with some agencies and has his own clients. He also runs a digital type lab—ps.Type—which offers custom type design and retail products.
  • 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.
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    Typewolf Blog

  • The Best Typography-Based Sites of October 2014

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is the ninth installment of my monthly feature on Typewolf where I share my favorite type-driven websites from the previous month and then write a little about the typographic details behind the designs. You can check out last month’s post for September here. Generation Press Poynings is a nice stencil typeface from Colophon Foundry, although it doesn’t seem to be available for purchase on their site. It’s most likely a custom face as Generation Press use it for their print collateral and their studio is located in a town called Poynings. Hopefully it will be available…
  • Will Google Fonts Ever Be Shut Down?

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Google Fonts service has been immensely popular with web designers ever since it first launched in May of 2010. And for good reason. There are no accounts to sign up for and no monthly fees like there are with other web font services. Just add a single line of code to your website and you have at your disposal a huge selection of free fonts that display beautifully on screen. But all of this begs the question: why is Google in the fonts game? What do they have to gain by hosting fonts for millions of websites for free? Is Google in this for the long haul or will Google Fonts eventually…
  • TEFF Lexicon – The World's Most Expensive Typeface

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I first encountered TEFF Lexicon when type designer Kris Sowersby chose it as one of his top three favorites typefaces. Having never heard of Lexicon or TEFF (the foundry that released Lexicon), I decided to do a bit of Googling around. I discovered a very beautiful typeface, but was a bit taken aback by the price — $391 for a single cut or $4,996 for the complete family. In the days of Ten Dollar Fonts (apparently designed by “typographers” rather than type designers), selling a typeface for $4,996 seems a little crazy… Lexicon sample sheet. Source: teff.nl. How Much…
  • 24 Independent Type Foundries That Monotype Doesn't Own

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The type community has been in a bit of an uproar after last week’s news of the acquisition of FontShop by Monotype. FontShop’s FontFont library was the world’s largest independent collection of original typefaces while Monotype is a huge publicly traded company that already owns the Linotype, ITC, Ascender and Bitstream type libraries. I’ve seen responses ranging from light-hearted jabs about Erik Spiekermann “cashing out” to extreme tirades against capitalism. Lyle Lanley explaining what the name Monotype means. FontShop claims that they are now more…
  • Is It Wrong for Designers to Have a Favorite Font?

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A few months back I published a blog post where I asked 41 influential designers to list their top 3 current favorite typefaces. Most of the designers seemed eager to name their favorites. However, after I published the article I heard comments along the lines of “if you have a favorite font you are doing it wrong” — meaning that without context it’s pointless to have a favorite font. This got me thinking about what it means to have something be your “favorite” and whether or not context is always required for a designer to have a personal preference for…
 
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