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  • Typography on Instagram

    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations
    hoefler@typography.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    Over instant messaging at our office, the typographic obsessions of our typeface designers, graphic designers, web developers and businesspeople have lately coalesced into a game of photographic oneupsmanship. We thought it time to share with the rest of the world, so pop over to Instagram and you’ll find the goods. Included are some typographic artifacts that have escaped scholarship, a few excerpts from our studio library, and some typographic moments that we’ve encountered in our travels from Havana to The Hague. Later this week we’ll be posting a peculiar bit of…
  • Kennerley Ornaments type specimen

    Type Specimen Pool
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Dunwich Type has added a photo to the pool: From dailytypespecimen.com
  • Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

    I Love Typography
    johno
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Nowadays, with tens of thousands of fonts available, we are accustomed to a great variety of letterforms. But, of the approximately 1,000 cataloged fifteenth-century roman fonts, very few stand out as unusual. Most share the same fundamental attributes. Almost all roman typefaces of the period are, what we now call humanist: of low contrast, lowercase e with an inclined crossbar and, in most instances (from Jenson), capital letters shorter than the ascenders of the lowercase alphabet. Not until the subsequent century do we begin to witness any significant changes to these features.Previously,…
  • Sites We Like: Pilot & Captain and Maptote

    The Typekit Blog
    Sally Kerrigan
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    We’ve got summer travel on our minds this week. Just in time for your next vacation, here are a couple sites celebrating travel stylishly, with fun collections and great typography. Pilot and Captain If you have a weakness for airport codes and other travel paraphernalia, Pilot and Captain is the outfitter you’ve been waiting for. Just look at all the t-shirts dedicated to airports worldwide! Brandon Grotesque is the dominant typeface in use here, keeping the tone light and a little playful. Maptote Maybe being in the air isn’t quite your thing, but you’re all about…
  • Grant Haffner

    Design is Kinky
    AJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Enjoy the abstract landscapes of Long Island, USA based artist Grant Haffner.
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  • Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

    johno
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Nowadays, with tens of thousands of fonts available, we are accustomed to a great variety of letterforms. But, of the approximately 1,000 cataloged fifteenth-century roman fonts, very few stand out as unusual. Most share the same fundamental attributes. Almost all roman typefaces of the period are, what we now call humanist: of low contrast, lowercase e with an inclined crossbar and, in most instances (from Jenson), capital letters shorter than the ascenders of the lowercase alphabet. Not until the subsequent century do we begin to witness any significant changes to these features.Previously,…
  • ILT 2015

    johno
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Way back in 2007, while living in rural Japan, I created ILT. I remember its birth with supreme clarity. It began simply as a way to share what I found typographically interesting, and I never foresaw its popularity. Almost eight years on, more than 500 posts, eight moves, and four cats later, and ILT’s design had barely changed. I had experimented with numerous custom post designs for individual “art-directed” articles, but the idea of completely redesigning and recoding my WordPress theme was, at least for me, the stuff of nightmares. Add to that thousands of lines of inline CSS in…
  • The Last Word on Helvetica?

    johno
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Perhaps this article should have ended at the question mark in its title. And by the end of it, you may well concur. However, in the meantime, and before I get started — and I promise this won’t take long — let me be clear, I am not, I repeat, not (in bold for emphasis) a Helvetica hater.Ostensibly, my only gripe with Helvetica (designed by Max Miedinger & Eduard Hoffmann) is not the typeface itself, but how — and how often — it is pressed into service. It’s oftentimes like that sweater from high school: no matter how much you love it, you’ll never ever look…
  • The Pattern Project

    johno
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:48 am
    Basically, two things came together. First: I am fascinated by the mesmerizing richness of detail in medieval initials. And I admire the patience and drawing skills those medieval monks possessed – perhaps because I actually lack both. In the Middle Ages the more detailed and elaborate the decoration was, the higher the value and appreciation of the item. But it was not only about showing off or communicating relevance. Decoration also had another function: manuscripts were often structured by clever hierarchies of initials, similar to what we achieve today with headlines, varying font…
  • Making Fonts: Essonnes

    johno
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    Like a tiny seed growing into a giant tree or a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis — type design isn’t! Forward steps, missteps, steps retraced — that is type design. Sometimes the development is natural and organic; at others it is perhaps more akin to working for a typographic Dr. Moreau. During the long process, ideas germinate and perish, shapes contort and bend, new concepts are explored and ignored, and printers run out of toner.Type design demands a goal; drawing pretty shapes isn’t enough. Pretty forms and post rationalization also isn’t enough. The function of the…
 
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    H&Co | News, Notes & Observations

  • Typography on Instagram

    hoefler@typography.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    Over instant messaging at our office, the typographic obsessions of our typeface designers, graphic designers, web developers and businesspeople have lately coalesced into a game of photographic oneupsmanship. We thought it time to share with the rest of the world, so pop over to Instagram and you’ll find the goods. Included are some typographic artifacts that have escaped scholarship, a few excerpts from our studio library, and some typographic moments that we’ve encountered in our travels from Havana to The Hague. Later this week we’ll be posting a peculiar bit of…
  • Nicely Done: Epicurious

    hoefler@typography.com
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    A welcome bit of seasonal fare is the redesigned Epicurious, a hub for recipes, how-to articles, and inspiration for all things gastronomic. Building on the site’s massive recipe database, the Epicurious team took on the challenge of improving accessibility and adding new ways to discover content, two goals in which webfonts play a central part. The new Epicurious offers a fluid experience for visitors, with a more prominent and functional search mechanism, and new editorial features to accompany all the site’s content. We’re especially pleased to see our narrowest…
  • An Essential Calligraphic Facsimile

    hoefler@typography.com
    19 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Here’s why I backed this Kickstarter project to reprint the sketchbooks of typeface designer Hermann Zapf. If you love letters, you should too. If you know Zapf Chancery and Zapf Dingbats, you know the faintest shadow of the work of Hermann Zapf. If you know exquisite mid-century books printed in Palatino, you’re getting closer; I never did, having come of age with the brutish digitization of Palatino that shipped with my first laser printer (along with other notable Zapf faces such as Optima and Melior, both too subtle to survive the barbarity of toner at three hundred dots per…
  • Adventure Typography!

    hoefler@typography.com
    6 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    Some new features at discover.typography make it easier than ever to spot fonts in the wild. Among the contributors to discover.typography are a couple of serious campers, a few people who enjoy a good hike, and at least one fledgling birdwatcher. At least one of us may have been involved in scouting as a kid, where the pursuit of such outdoorsy merit badges as Indian Lore, Basketry and Leatherwork pointed damningly to a future as the proprietor of a type foundry. But even for an indoorsy designer-to-be, there was much to love about camping: compact kits where things cleverly nested together,…
  • What’s New in Gotham

    hoefler@typography.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Now Gotham’s more cosmopolitan than ever: starting today, the entire family speaks another 60 languages, including Russian and Greek. H&Co is delighted to introduce a massive expansion of our Gotham family. With the addition of more than 29,000 character drawings, all 66 styles of Gotham — plus all 48 Gotham ScreenSmart fonts, specifically designed for the web — now feature the Cyrillic and Greek alphabets. These characters are now included standard in all Gotham packages. The Languages Today’s Gothams tackle sixty additional languages, including Greek, Russian,…
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  • Sites We Like: Pilot & Captain and Maptote

    Sally Kerrigan
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    We’ve got summer travel on our minds this week. Just in time for your next vacation, here are a couple sites celebrating travel stylishly, with fun collections and great typography. Pilot and Captain If you have a weakness for airport codes and other travel paraphernalia, Pilot and Captain is the outfitter you’ve been waiting for. Just look at all the t-shirts dedicated to airports worldwide! Brandon Grotesque is the dominant typeface in use here, keeping the tone light and a little playful. Maptote Maybe being in the air isn’t quite your thing, but you’re all about…
  • Upcoming speaking events: July & August

    Sally Kerrigan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Ready for a slow, relaxing summer? Not over here! We’ll be jetting in a few different directions over the next couple months for talks and conferences. Here’s where you might spot some of us. SassXSW 1 July | Bath, England The cleverly-named SassXSW (Sass by South West) meetup will be gathering on July 1 in Bath, with our designer Jake Giltsoff as one of the speakers. We’re also pleased to be sponsors for the event, which as of posting is sold out; check for open spots on their Eventbrite page. Design Swansea 9 July | Swansea, UK Continuing his midsummer tour of England,…
  • New fonts on Typekit from Mark Simonson, Rui Abreu, & Typefolio

    Ariadne Remoundakis
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
    We have new additions to our library for you to try on both your desktop and websites. Three of our existing foundries — Mark Simonson, Rui Abreu and Typefolio — have added some great faces to play with. We’d love to hear what you think. Mark Simonson We’ve been busy getting a freshly updated version of Proxima Nova into the library this week. It include updates to standard ligatures, new currency and punctuation characters, and a few other optimizations. You can read up on the specifics in the Mark Simonson Studio Notebook. Republish your kits to get the new version. We’ve done…
  • The Typekit pop-up library comes home

    Libby Nicholaou
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The Typekit pop-up library made its debut at the fourth annual Brooklyn Beta conference in New York, back in 2013. After more than a year of traveling the world, today it came home to live with us in the Adobe offices on Townsend Street in San Francisco. The library was an enormous collaborative effort on the part of Typekit and the broader type community, and it’s a story I want to share. In 2013, I had been managing Typekit’s sponsorships for about a year. Typekit’s goal for sponsorships was — and still is — to support people and businesses who are doing awesome things for our…
  • Sites We Like: Hopes&Fears and Cereal

    Sally Kerrigan
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Looking for a good read this week? Here are a couple bookmark-worthy sites we noticed, complete with great storytelling and top-notch typography. Hopes&Fears Hopes&Fears is a web publication with a deep curiosity about modern life and a stated aim of “exploring life and culture through thematic international coverage and commentary.” Merriweather is a great serif choice here for comfortable reading (with a little bit of Adelle splashed in for subheadings), while Proxima Nova is a balanced companion in the headings. Cereal Cereal is a lovely, photography-heavy travel and…
 
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  • Grant Haffner

    AJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Enjoy the abstract landscapes of Long Island, USA based artist Grant Haffner.
  • Bardo Industries

    AJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Brooklyn based Bardo Industries is the graphic design studio of Laura Giraudo.
  • Jacob Dhein

    AJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    San Francisco based artist Jacob Dhein.
  • Michael Boswell

    AJ
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Nice design portfolio from Brooklyn based Michael Boswell.
  • James Frost

    AJ
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    James Frost is a UK born photographer, now based in Australia, producing some really nice work.
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  • Getting Started with Video Editing in Adobe Premiere

    Roberto Blake
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Video marketing is becoming more important for everyone in business, and creative professionals are no exception. But it can feel a bit intimidating to take on the task of video editing in an advanced program like Adobe Premiere Pro. In truth, the interface can be about as overwhelming as the first time you ever opened Photoshop. But in one way, that in itself could be encouraging. If you’ve learned one Adobe application and become comfortable with it, the odds are that you can learn another one! Adobe Premiere Pro may not share the same tools and menus that Photoshop, Illustrator,…
  • Ogilvy & Mather’s Colorful Ad Campaign

    Erica Gamet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How do you spice up a humdrum product and get buyers’ attention? Well, if you’re Ogilvy & Mather Colombia and your mission is to sell something as mundane as toner cartridges, you take the humorous approach. The agency, under the creative direction of Juan Cárdenas and Andrés Astorquiza, created four separate ads for Ecofill cartridges to highlight the “perils” of running low on the ol’ CMYK. With the simple, straightforward tagline, “Don’t let colors run out when you need them the most,” each ad depicts the progression of people losing their…
  • New ‘Extensis Fonts’ Panel Brings the Power of Typography to Google Docs

    CreativePro Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. — July 1, 2015 —Extensis® today released Extensis Fonts, a new font panel for Google® Docs™ that allows users to quickly access and use thousands of fonts from the Google Fonts collection. Available as a free add-on via Google Docs, Extensis Fonts presents a dynamic font panel where users can browse, preview and apply fonts directly in their Google documents.  Users can: Immediately access the entire Google Fonts collection of over 1200+ fonts Select any text and with one click apply a font Easily browse font options with large, easy-to-inspect font previews Search…
  • How to Set Up Your Documents So That Your Printer Won’t Hate You

    James Wamser
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I work for a large commercial printing company (see my bio below for details) and I see a huge number of documents from a wide variety of designers, hobbyists, agencies, and more. Fortunately, just about everyone knows that embracing a PDF workflow can streamline the printing process, eliminating potential problems like missing fonts and images. But  before you even think about making a PDF, you need to remember: success starts with laying out your InDesign document properly. So I want to share with you some of the most common problems we see, in hopes that you’ll avoid them when you’re…
  • Sweden Gets a Global Branding Treatment

    Erica Gamet
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Scandinavians are at it again! This time, the Norwegians step aside and let the Swedes bask in the design spotlight with a global branding initiative for the entire country of Sweden. Spearheading the task is the Söderhavet agency of Stockholm. The main thrust of the branding was to create a cohesive brand for the country, and to make it obvious when organizations were communicating on behalf of Sweden. As the agency puts it, “…to unambiguously represent Sweden in the world.” The agency’s first hurdle was how to organize the varied identities of government agencies…
 
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    Fonts.com: About Fonts

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    2 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
  • What Languages do the Web Fonts Support?

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    We offer fonts to support Latin/European languages, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic (Russian), Thai, Arabic, and Hebrew. Additional language support will be added in the future.
  • Best Font Selection

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    A Web font service is only as good as the typefaces it provides. Fonts.com Web Fonts offers a selection of fonts that is unmatched in size, range and quality. Our massive inventory includes thousands of designs. From workhorse sans and serif text faces to eye-catching display designs to elegant script typefaces, Fonts.com Web Fonts offers a diverse range of styles to cover any design need. We also offer a selection of multilingual fonts to address over 40 major languages.
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    30 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Download Google Fonts to your desktops for free using SkyFonts.
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  • Instagram as a Screensaver

    Rob
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    I want to share with you this screen saver I’ve been using for the last several months. If you are using OS X, Instagram, Dropbox, and IFTTT then it’s incredibly simple to setup. The screensaver is automatically built from your Instagram photos and the photos from others that you’ve liked. The collection of images gets better as it grows over time and has the side effect of backing up your photos and likes. It works by using OS X’s built in photo screensaver (I am partial to the Shifting Tiles module, but Sliding Panels and Origami are pretty ok as well). All you…
  • Hobeaux is here!

    Rob
    18 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    James T. Edmondson is the man! He generously sent me a copy of his sexy new Hobeaux/Beatrice Warde poster all the way to India (check out that address label!). I can’t tell you how excited I am for his Hobeaux family to be finished (even though I guess not all these rad variations will make the final release). You can follow some updates of his progress on Dribble, and he’s for sure worth a follow on Twitter. PS– I’m not just saying nice things about James because he sent me stuff; he genuinely is an incredibly talented and all around awesome guy! PPS– BTW, this is the…
  • The Printed Word Is Dead

    Rob
    11 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    “The last paper edition of The New York Times will appear in 2018.” This quote comes from Dick Brass, Vice Chairman of Technology Development at Microsoft back in 2001. The photo is from “The Advertising Brief, 8th August, 2002″. You can see the full article regarding the end of print here. It’s getting hard to imagine this coming true anymore, but we’ll see in three years. And as the author M G Moinuddin point out, don’t forget about the larger picture: [if newspapers die] “what will the market use to wrap fish?”
  • Ahmedabad Trip #2

    Rob
    9 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
    For my second trip to Ahmedabad, I had the pleasure of visiting with Kimya and Georg Seifert. The agenda was to meet with the guys at ITF (Indian Type Foundry) to catch up with Satya and meet all the new hires, give a couple small presentations to students at NID, and maybe visit the other ITF (India Type Foundry) again if time permitted. The new ITF office is pretty sweet. So many new faces there, it’s great to see so many up and coming type designers in India. Satya is doing a lot for the Indian font industry. And such nice hosts they were — they even helped celebrate my birthday…
  • Misc Mumbai (3D) Signs Vol. 1

    Rob
    7 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    A few more random signs (in 3D this time) found in Mumbai. If you are more into painted 2D letters then check this out. Also, my Instagram account has lots more nice (mostly) Indian lettering.
 
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    I Love Typography

  • Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

    johno
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Nowadays, with tens of thousands of fonts available, we are accustomed to a great variety of letterforms. But, of the approximately 1,000 cataloged fifteenth-century roman fonts, very few stand out as unusual. Most share the same fundamental attributes. Almost all roman typefaces of the period are, what we now call humanist: of low contrast, lowercase e with an inclined crossbar and, in most instances (from Jenson), capital letters shorter than the ascenders of the lowercase alphabet. Not until the subsequent century do we begin to witness any significant changes to these features.Previously,…
  • ILT 2015

    johno
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Way back in 2007, while living in rural Japan, I created ILT. I remember its birth with supreme clarity. It began simply as a way to share what I found typographically interesting, and I never foresaw its popularity. Almost eight years on, more than 500 posts, eight moves, and four cats later, and ILT’s design had barely changed. I had experimented with numerous custom post designs for individual “art-directed” articles, but the idea of completely redesigning and recoding my WordPress theme was, at least for me, the stuff of nightmares. Add to that thousands of lines of inline CSS in…
  • The Last Word on Helvetica?

    johno
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Perhaps this article should have ended at the question mark in its title. And by the end of it, you may well concur. However, in the meantime, and before I get started — and I promise this won’t take long — let me be clear, I am not, I repeat, not (in bold for emphasis) a Helvetica hater.Ostensibly, my only gripe with Helvetica (designed by Max Miedinger & Eduard Hoffmann) is not the typeface itself, but how — and how often — it is pressed into service. It’s oftentimes like that sweater from high school: no matter how much you love it, you’ll never ever look…
  • The Pattern Project

    johno
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:48 am
    Basically, two things came together. First: I am fascinated by the mesmerizing richness of detail in medieval initials. And I admire the patience and drawing skills those medieval monks possessed – perhaps because I actually lack both. In the Middle Ages the more detailed and elaborate the decoration was, the higher the value and appreciation of the item. But it was not only about showing off or communicating relevance. Decoration also had another function: manuscripts were often structured by clever hierarchies of initials, similar to what we achieve today with headlines, varying font…
  • Making Fonts: Essonnes

    johno
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    Like a tiny seed growing into a giant tree or a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis — type design isn’t! Forward steps, missteps, steps retraced — that is type design. Sometimes the development is natural and organic; at others it is perhaps more akin to working for a typographic Dr. Moreau. During the long process, ideas germinate and perish, shapes contort and bend, new concepts are explored and ignored, and printers run out of toner.Type design demands a goal; drawing pretty shapes isn’t enough. Pretty forms and post rationalization also isn’t enough. The function of the…
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    TypeEd: Fundamentals of Typography » Rag Right

  • Redesigning VOICE: Kandace Selnick

    Rachel Elnar
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Kandace Selnick is a print and media graphic designer based in LA who is also an Elvis enthusiast, music junkie and coffee cup collector. She is a staff designer for VOICE Magazine, the official publication of the University of La Verne.
  • Wonk: The Modular Alphabet by David Karwan

    Rachel Elnar
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    In Mr. (Jeff) Keedy's digital type design class at CalArts evolved a ornament system project which morphed into his “thesis” project. Wonk is a mix of 2 and 3D geometric and biomorphic forms generated to create surprising patterns. Spontaneous or controlled, this modular typeface enables a user to construct various simple or complex shapes into letterforms. Conceptually, this font is a type treatment that both subverts a kit-of-parts and subverts parts into a kit.
  • Five Fresh Typefaces: May

    Michael Stinson
    23 May 2015 | 5:47 pm
    As a creative director, much of my job is about finding the right design tools to work for brands. That includes typefaces. Typefaces need to match personalities with the brand, accommodate the possible range of content and range of characters that the company will need to use in their communications, and be fresh enough to attract the their audiences.
  • Stop Exhausting Your Reader

    Michael Stinson
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    We want to read what you have to say, but long lines of copy are laborious to read. And when readers have to put in too much effort, they will move on to something else, well, at least I do. How can we design a more comfortable reading experience?
  • Intimate, Curvaceous and Expressive

    Leah Faust
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    When creating a script mark for a brand, it is important to consider the tone of the name, style of concept, physical places it will exist: either designing for functionality and aesthetic.
 
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