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Typographica

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Where Are the Women in Type Design?

Typographica (+)   22/02/2011

Being one of the rare type designers who happen to be female, I occasionally get this question from other (mostly male) designers. It’s difficult to find other female designers with whom to exchange experiences and share knowledge.The most common explanat (+)


Farewell, FontShop

Typographica (+)   07/09/2010

I have some news. September 3 was my last day as Type Director at FontShop. Looking ahead, I see a lot of beautifully blank pages, waiting to be filled. But I can’t move on to the next chapter until I pay homage to this last one.In early 2004 I was living (+)


Making Geometric Type Work

Typographica (+)   08/02/2010

For graphic designers beginning to experiment in type design, a geometric or modular typeface is a natural starting point. Illustrator and other programs offer a simple collection of elements such as circles, squares, and triangles which can be combined t (+)


Fraktur Mon Amour, 2nd Edition

Typographica (+)   08/02/2010

Fraktur Mon Amour is the work of Judith Schalansky, written while she was a student of the Communication Design program in Potsdam. She developed a serious passion for blackletter and was disappointed to find all the reference books about this fascinating (+)


Bonesana

Typographica (+)   08/10/2009

Special thanks to Gestalten for sponsoring the Typographica nameplate for October, 2009 with Bonesana.Bonesana is the first font release by Gestalten Fonts that includes OpenType features. Designed by Swiss typographer Matthieu Cortat, this font was initi (+)


Bonesana

Typographica (+)   08/10/2009

Special thanks to Gestalten for sponsoring the Typographica nameplate for October, 2009 with Bonesana.Gestalten is known for very contemporary designs, the modular and the post-mod, so this tribute to the 18th century is quite a departure. Designed by Mat (+)


Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009

Typographica (+)   20/07/2009

Yesterday at TypeCon2009 in Atlanta, 11 representatives from the type community packed a stage to discuss the controversial and convoluted issue of licensing fonts for the Web. I sat at the AV table and recorded the session for TypeCon. The full 2 hours o (+)


Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009

Typographica (+)   20/07/2009

Yesterday at TypeCon2009 in Atlanta, 11 representatives from the type community packed a stage to discuss the controversial and convoluted issue of licensing fonts for the Web. I sat at the AV table and recorded the session for TypeCon. The full 2 hours o (+)


Marlene

Typographica (+)   22/04/2009

Marlene is an elegant, high contrast Egyptian face with a distinctive and contemporary calligraphic flourish. When I first saw it I was impressed at how incredibly crisp it was, as if drawn with a pen so sharp it could just as easily cut the paper as leav (+)


Archer

Typographica (+)   22/04/2009

A slew of slab serifs were released in 2008. Most of them continuing last year’s trend of following the cute and chunky approach, often to delicious effect. But as marvelous as so many of those slab serifs were, sadly they were let down when it came to li (+)


Turning the Page

Typographica (+)   22/04/2009

“How do you know you should start a blog? Because people keep telling you to shut up. You just won’t shut up about a subject.” — Merlin Mann, SXSW Interactive 2009“Obsession times voice” is what luminary bloggers Merlin Mann and John Gruber offer as a sim (+)


FontBook, 4th Edition

Typographica (+)   21/04/2009

Long before there were hi-res laser printers in every design firm and PDF specimens on every foundry website, typographers discovered, compared, and selected type using specimen books. There is too much separation from the display to the printed page for (+)


Glosa

Typographica (+)   21/04/2009

Contrasting sharp serifs with rotund ball terminals, Portuguese designer Dino dos Santos evokes the vibrant work of 18th-century punchcutter Johann Fleischman with his 2008 release of Glosa. Dos Santos is clearly aiming for something beyond a revival thou (+)


Baskerville 10

Typographica (+)   21/04/2009

When it comes to the number of type designers per capita, the Netherlands can be challenged by only a few countries — but the Czech Republic is a close runner-up. One of the country’s most prolific digital typefounders is František Štorm.Throughout all hi (+)


Studio Lettering

Typographica (+)   21/04/2009

Ken Barber is an incredibly talented letterer. And Tal Leming is an incredibly talented font technology whiz (and a good type designer as well). House Industries’ Studio Lettering series unifies great lettering, cutting-edge OpenType font technology, and (+)


A New Nameplate Tradition

Typographica (+)   20/04/2009

One of the Typographica traditions of which we’re most proud is the rotating nameplate. Each design was created and submitted by a reader, reflecting the site’s collaborative nature and keeping things fresh, while offering type and graphic designers the o (+)


Compendium

Typographica (+)   19/04/2009

For 2007’s “best of” I picked Burgues Script — masterful, gorgeous, and digitally unparalleled. For 2008 I can’t help but be utterly in awe of Ale Paul’s talent and sheer obsessiveness as I choose Compendium.Paul has explained that he moved back in time, (+)


Stag

Typographica (+)   19/04/2009

If at the end of our current decade slab serifs are the new black, then Christian Schwartz may be the new Maggie Prescott. In 2005, Schwartz and Barnes’ Guardian included a masterful retelling of what an Egyptian could do in print with its wedge-shaped se (+)


2009 Rare Book Calendar from 42-line

Typographica (+)   03/01/2009

The most striking printed gift I received this holiday season — being Jewish I get gifts a bit earlier than most of you — is the 2009 Rare Book Calendar from 42-line, a bay area firm that specializes in "digital publication services" for rare book dealers (+)


1989 Magazine Marks Birth of LettError Wit and Wisdom

Typographica (+)   04/12/2008

Digital type wizard Erik van Blokland just posted a digital facsimile of LettError Magazine, published on MetaDesign’s color copier in 1989. It’s packed with dawn-of-digital nostalgia and the Dutch twins’ playful humor. There's even a nice quick critique (+)


Taking Your Fonts to Market: Foundry, Reseller, or Go Solo?

Typographica (+)   20/11/2008

My sincere apologies for our extended hiatus. Perhaps it’s appropriate to break the six-month silence with an answer to a type question that I hear more than almost any other: “I am a new type designer. What’s the best way to get my fonts on the market?”H (+)


Review: "Dangerous Curves" by Doyald Young

Typographica (+)   14/05/2008

Hermann Zapf introduces Doyald Young's "Dangerous Curves," not by discussing Young, but instead by singing praise to the pencil. Zapf then goes on to describe the typical height at which he drew letters, the difference between drawing for a punchcutter (+)


An Interview with Cyrus Highsmith

Typographica (+)   11/04/2008

Cyrus Highsmith is a Senior Designer at the Font Bureau in Boston and faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design. He has been called "one of the truly original new voices in American type design" on account of his vast range of new typefaces, alongs (+)


Our Favorite Typefaces of 2007

Typographica (+)   07/03/2008

Typographica’s fourth annual review showcases the best in new typeface design. Twenty four of the world’s brightest type and graphic designers selected their favorite font releases of the year. We welcome, among others, to our regular cast of contributor (+)


Anselm by Frantisek Storm

Typographica (+)   07/03/2008

AnselmDesigned by František ŠtormPublished by Storm TypeAvailable from Storm and MyFontsWinner TDC2 2008Typefaces of 2007 index » It is amazing to me how the work of František Štorm consistently captures raw energy in typographic form. I’ve been a Štorm (+)


Arno Pro by Robert Slimbach

Typographica (+)   06/03/2008

Arno ProDesigned by Robert SlimbachPublished by AdobeAvailable from Adobe, MyFontsWinner TDC2 2007See AlsoDiscussion at TypophileThoughts from Thomas PhinneyTypefaces of 2007 index » Robert Slimbach has created a tour de force with Arno Pro, a multi-weig (+)


Burgues Script by Alejandro Paul

Typographica (+)   06/03/2008

Burgues ScriptDesigned by Alejandro PaulPublished by SudtiposAvailable from VeerWinner TDC2 2008In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » Creating a typeface that aspires to the blinding craftsmanship and pure ornamental beauty of Louis Madarasz is (+)


Beorcana by Carl Crossgrove

Typographica (+)   06/03/2008

BeorcanaDesigned by Carl CrossgrovePublished by Terrestrial DesignAvailable from Fonts.comWinner TDC2 2007Typefaces of 2007 index » Last year, after 14 years of work, Carl Crossgrove finally released his magnum opus. A time well-spent, that’s for sure. B (+)


BistroScript by Tomas Brousil

Typographica (+)   06/03/2008

BistroScriptDesigned by Tomáš BrousilPublished by SuitcaseAvailable from Suitcase, FontShop, and MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » “Retro” scripts are an interesting beast. As can be proved with a quick look at Flickr, everyone seems to adore vintage sign (+)


Dancer by Morten Olsen

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

DancerDesigned by Morten OlsenPublished by FontpartnersAlso available from FontShopTypefaces of 2007 index » When designing non-fiction books, I have repeatedly had to deal with authors or clients who suggested using Comic Sans as a text face for section (+)


Olicana by Nick Cooke

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

OlicanaDesigned by Nick CookePublished by G-TypeAvailable from type.co.uk and Veer (soon)In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » When Olicana appeared on the Typophile critique board there was an atypical outpouring of enthusiasm. Why? Maybe it w (+)


Fab by Patrick Griffin

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

FabDesigned by Patrick GriffinPublished by Canada TypeAvailable from MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » Fab reminds me of leafing through my first Letraset catalog in the mid-1980s — all those decorative typefaces with rounded ends and tubular shapes, tryi (+)


Urbana by Cesar Puertas

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

UrbanaDesigned by César PuertasPublished by César PuertasAvailable from MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » Despite seeing a few rough spots in the design, an incomplete set of weights, no small caps and so on, I have chosen Urbana to highlight this year. T (+)


Taz III by Luc(as) de Groot

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

Taz IIIDesigned by Luc(as) de GrootPublished by LucasFontsAvailable from LucasFonts and FontShopTypefaces of 2007 index » Whereas TheSans is friendly, round and wide, Taz is more reserved, more angular in its curves (causing its characteristic text patte (+)


Scriptonah and Casual Brush by John Nahmias

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

Scriptonah & Casual BrushDesigned by John NahmiasPublished by JonahFontsAvailable from MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » With script faces, it’s always something. They’re generally misunderstood and easily misused. Consider an all-caps setting, for laughs (+)


Restraint by Marian Bantjes with Ross Mills

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

RestraintDesigned by Marian Bantjes with Ross MillsPublished by Tiro TypeworksWinner TDC2 2008In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » Marian Bantjes’ background as an illustrator gives her a different perspective on the creation of a typeface. Wh (+)


Purista by Tomas Brousil

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

PuristaDesigned by Tomáš BrousilPublished by SuitcaseAvailable from FontShop and MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » I’ve been feeling hungry for a stylish, edgy sans who enjoys evenings out on the town and long mornings of crisp conversation. In other word (+)


National by Kris Sowersby

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

NationalDesigned by Kris SowersbyPublished by KLIMAvailable from VillageWinner TDC2 2008In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » National is the second typeface released by KLIM within a year and has been termed a revival of the 19th century Engli (+)


MVB Sacre Bleu by Mark van Bronkhorst

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

MVB Sacre BleuDesigned by Mark van BronkhorstPublished by MVB FontsAvailable from MVB Fonts, FontShop and MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » While MVB Fonts has long been known as a producer of some of the most articulate and stylish informal scripts out t (+)


Minuscule by Thomas Huot-Marchand

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

MinisculeDesigned by Thomas Huot-MarchandPublished by 256tmAvailable from MyFontsWinner TDC2 2005In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » The first impression is shock. A “typeface for extremely small sizes” shown in 48pt is not necessarily pretty (+)


Malaga by Xavier Dupré

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

MalagaDesigned by Xavier DupréPublished by EmigreAvailable from Emigre, FontShop, and MyFontsSee MoreClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » Xavier Dupré is one of those designers who can’t help mixing a lot of flavor into his typefaces. At first glanc (+)


Los Niches by Juan Pablo de Gregorio

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

Los NichesDesigned by Juan Pablo de GregorioPublished by Umbrella TypeAvailable from VeerTypefaces of 2007 index » Like any effective ensemble, Los Niches knows when to wait in the wings, and when to take the stage. Most of its modern monoline letterform (+)


Lineare Serif by Eduardo Tunni

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

Lineare SerifDesigned by Eduardo TunniPublished by TipoAvailable from MyFontsTypefaces of 2007 index » Oh, how I love these capitals! They are very humane and finely crafted, it seems they must have originated in hand drawn sketches. However, they are no (+)


Leitura by Dino dos Santos

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

LeituraDesigned by Dino dos SantosPublished by DSTypeAvailable from MyFonts, TypeTrust, and VeerIn UseClick to enlarge.Typefaces of 2007 index » Anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen realizes the advantage of having the proper knives for the job (+)


Kinescope by Mark Simonson

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

KinescopeDesigned by Mark SimonsonPublished by Mark SimonsonAvailable from FontShop, MyFonts, and VeerTypefaces of 2007 index » The days of the lettering artist are not gone and they have morphed into the type designer’s foray, Mark Simonson’s to be exac (+)


Greta by Peter Bilak

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

Greta Text & DisplayDesigned by Peter BiľakPublished by TypothequeIn UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » You can’t judge a typeface by its letters. Some typefaces are deliberately neutral and set up a treat, other neutral types are really flat o (+)


Graphik by Christian Schwartz

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

GraphikDesigned by Christian SchwartzPublished by SchwartzcoAvailable in mid-2008In UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » In a sweltering typographic climate that favours ‘organic’ look-at-me typefaces bursting with a thousand OpenType tricks, Gra (+)


Gloriola by Tomas Brousil

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

GloriolaDesigned by Tomáš BrousilPublished by SuitcaseAvailable from FontShop and MyFontsWinner TDC2 2008Typefaces of 2007 index » Czech designer Tomáš Brousil catered to all the popular trends with his 2007 releases: BistroScript as the contempo-retro b (+)


Giorgio by Christian Schwartz

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

GiorgioDesigned by Christian SchwartzPublished by SchwartzcoAvailable from VillageIn UseClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » Giorgio, like the fashion models that it shares space with in T, the New York Times fashion magazine, is brutal in its deman (+)


FF Meta Serif by Spiekermann, Schwartz, and Sowersby

Typographica (+)   05/03/2008

FF Meta SerifDesigned by Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz, and Kris SowersbyPublished by FSI (FontFont)Available from FontFont.com and FontShop.comIn UseLast sample © Paul BurkeClick to enlargeTypefaces of 2007 index » For years, FF Meta has been a f (+)



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