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Alphabets of Wood

A Review by David Wolske In his foreword to the 2010 Liber Apertus Press reissue of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type 1828–1900, David Shields wrote: Forty years on, Kelly’s seminal work remains a giant on whose shoulders we stand. He wrote American Wood Type because it needed to be written and in doing so […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Alphabets of Wood

Type Design Week

ISIA Urbino Type Design Week 2015with Fred Smeijers and Eric KindelPeriod: July 20–24, 2015Deadline: May 29 About the school ISIA Type Design Week is a one week intensive summer course in type design and lettering held at the ISIA – the High Institute for Applied Arts of Urbino. Since 2009 ISIA has been running a […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Type Design Week

Making Fonts: SINDELAR

By Stefan Willerstorfer “Finally I found what I have been looking for – this typeface suits the specific requirements of my project: balanced proportions, space saving and very legible in small sizes. Just the color is a bit too light – if I could only switch to a slightly darker grade …” Many of us […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Making Fonts: SINDELAR

This Month in Typography

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we examine the art and science of crafting fonts, wonder about the future of libraries in the digital age, discuss the future of graphic design, delve into...Show More Summary

Sexism & Fonts

“Mom, what’s a sexy lady?” My five-year-old son asked me this question the day Positype released its promotional site for Lust Hedonist. The Lust Series, a self-described “overly indulgent attempt to infuse wanton sensuality in a typeface,” features a variety of formal contrasts: sharp and curvy serifs, thin counters combined with thick bodies. It is […]

Print Imperfect: from N to Z

Over the past couple of years I have been researching and writing a book about the fifteenth-century German printer, Erhard Ratdolt. He printed over 200 titles during his career, and part of my work is to study the content and typography of as many of those editions as possible. Show More Summary

Dala Prisma

Just when we thought Dala Floda?–?Paul Barnes’ crisply contemporary humanist stencil of 2010?–?was an original and pretty crazy idea, here is a dazzling display variant that replaces Dala Floda’s solid forms with a set of tapering stripes. It’s so fresh and exciting it’s almost hard to believe it exists. Dala Prisma’s release was met by […]

Phoreus Cherokee

Four years ago, in a conference room filled with type enthusiasts, three representatives of the Cherokee Nation explained why the world still needs more fonts. Of their 316,000 members (the largest tribal nation in the USA), only 22,000 native Cherokee speakers remain, and only a handful of Cherokee fonts exist, most of poor quality. Users […]


Woodkit is a toy disguised as a typeface. And like any toy, it takes me back to my formative years. Woodkit’s Letterpress style, a mishmash of eccentric forms, takes me back to my college days when I first worked with wood type. Armed only with a haphazard mix of styles, incomplete alphabets, and damaged letters, […]

Audimat 3000

Jack Usine is behind many different websites, all of which testify to his incredible versatility?—?he is a graphic designer, an artist, a collector, an observer, and of course also a typeface designer. All of his work carries a very distinctive, unmistakeable style?—?it’s cool. Audimat 3000 is described by its creator as “DIN-like with French touch”. […]

TwoPoint, ThreePoint, FourPoint, and TenPoint

Since the release of FF ThreeSix in 2011, Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil have been busy digging more deeply into the world of parametric type design. The studio published an updated and greatly expanded version of (Muir’s old studio gig) 8vo’s Interact (1984) in 2013, along with three further experimental display fonts: Intersect, Panopticon, and […]


Let’s stick with tradition here and introduce our subject with a dictionary definition. I’m assuming that Pique is named for “a feeling of irritation or resentment.” Wait, no, that doesn’t work, except in the sense that I’m resentful I wasn’t the one who drew it. Nicole Dotin of Process Type did, and now we all […]

Essay Text

Essay Text is an anachronism and an antidote. It provides an excellent counter­argument to the speculative superfamilies that overwhelm specimens these days: it is unapologetic about doing a few things well (rather than many, in an above-average way at best). It also serves as a reminder that informed, controlled contrast in documents does not require […]

Marr Sans

Marr Sans embodies a process that I find most significant in typeface design. It might be called referism: the smart use of references and history in contemporary design. Far from being a bland revival (a slavish digitization of patrimonial marks), Marr Sans unravels a deep thinking behind the shapes and is a successful example of […]

The First Printers’ Mark

The very first printers’ mark or printers’ device dates back almost to the very beginning of Western typography. In Mainz, Fust and Schoeffer, employed a printers’ mark in a Bible that they published in 1462. There is an earlier example in their Mainz Psalter of 1457, though many now believe that it was perhaps stamped […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. The First Printers’ Mark

Velo Serif

Velo Serif won my heart four seconds after hitting my inbox with seductive gifs and a big ‘ä’. No one was surprised. I have a super-soft spot for squarish serifs. I love Zapf Book, not Palatino, I collect Old Hamcherry, have researched Corvini, and stare at Antikva Margaret in awe. Velo Serif brings several of […]


Like a taste you can’t quite place, Neutral is there, in the mix, supporting the main flavors in your design dish. You know it’s there?—?a typeface can’t not be there?—?and it seems familiar, but… you can’t put your finger on it. Kai Bernau’s Neutral is an “attempt to create a typeface that is free of […]

BC Liguria

I picked BC Liguria because I believe that Briefcase deserves at least one appearance on the list of typefaces of the year. To me, this foundry from Prague is the most interesting new player to enter the field in 2014. Briefcase is an offshoot of Suitcase. While the latter has been redefined as the home […]


In German, Lichtspiele is literally translated as “light plays”. Historically, the term was used for films. However, this collection requires a degree of play in order to be used well, and I’d like to think that was taken into consideration when the typeface was named. Lichtspiele is extremely narrow and constructed. Indeed, the width of […]

St Croce

If you were to Venn diagram goth teenagers and type designers, at the nucleus you’d find a certain preoccupation with cemeteries. For type designers, cemeteries offer a treasure trove of individually and skillfully carved letters, inspiration for future releases. For František Štorm, there’s a chance it might be a little bit of both callings. (While […]

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