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The First Female Typographer

In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social echelons were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920). Show More Summary

This Week in Fonts

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. Show More Summary

The Questa Project

The three members of the Questa family The 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. Show More Summary

Porson's Greek type design

Some types that were made by the punchcutter Richard Austin for use at the University Press at Cambridge in the first decade of the 19th century provided a model for most of the types that were used by British printers for printing Greek...Show More Summary

Type on Screen

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. Show More Summary

The Pronunciation of European Typefaces (Extended YouTube version)

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

This Month in Typography

Welcome to a new monthly roundup of type-related info and entertainment. (This will be in addition to Sean Mitchell’s excellent This Week in Fonts feature.) This month, we have movies (about sign painters, and Eric and John Gill), books...Show More Summary

This Week in Fonts

A highly functional sans by HVD Fonts, a powerful script from Dai Foldes, a hard working slab by Fort Foundry, a charming script from Drew Melton, an energetic script by Laura Worthington, a unique text face from Canada Type, a versatile sans by Stone Type Foundry, and an ambitious slab from Hoftype. HVD Fonts: Brix […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. and This Week in Fonts

From Form Bring The Fun Fair To Reasons To Be Creative

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 [...]

Historic “ASCII art” made with a Monotype machine

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

FontCast #17 — John Hudson

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 [...]

This Week in Fonts

A fast moving script by Process Type Foundry, a versatile sans from The Northern Block, a decorative serif by Zeune Ink, an energetic script from Sudtipos, a characterful grotesque by Commercial Type, a harmonious slab from Dada Studio,...Show More Summary

FontWalk 3 Strolls/Scrolls Through Noteworthy Releases

FontShop launched the third instalment of their scrolltastic interpretation of the type catalogue?/?specimen?/?newsletter with FontWalk 3. This award-winning microsite – nominated for Jahr der Wer­bung 2013, Silver at the Eu­ro­peanShow More Summary

Hans Eduard Meier Passes Away At Age 91

Like I mentioned in my announcement of the TDC Medal 2014 for contemporary type design powerhouse David Berlow, mid-July was a week of both celebration and sadness in the world of type design and typography. On Tuesday, July 15 Swiss type designer Hans Eduard Meier passed away peacefully, aged 91. If his name doesn’t immediately [...]

Learning to Love letters!

I love letters. All kinds and types of letters: small, large, drawn, sketched, painted, rough, smooth, serif, sans serif, script, roman, italic, oblique, digitized, old and new, uppercase, lowercase, all materials and media, three dimensional… Yes, I love letters, except for those that are poorly or incorrectly proportioned. Show More Summary

TDC Medal 2014 Awarded to David Berlow

Last week was a week of both celebration and sadness in the type world. Sadness because Swiss type designer Hans Eduard Meier passed away peacefully aged 91 on Tuesday, July 15. More about this loss later. Celebration because American type designer David Berlow was awarded the prestigious Type Directors Club Medal of Excellence 2014 the [...]

Hand-Lettered Greeting Card from Martina Flor

Argentinian letterer and designer (and friend of The FontFeed) Martina Flor launched an online greeting card service called Letter Collections. Each postcard is lettered, handwritten and sent by Martina Flor. In order to promote this new project Martina will send 100 printed postcards – indeed, a physical card sent by physical mail – to people she likes, [...]

This Week in Fonts

A friendly brush script by Nikola Giacintová, a new classic from Jason Vandenberg, a flexible sans by Fatype, fluid & friendly structure from Latinotype, a new sans by Monotype, a multi-colored face from Underware, an elegant serif by FontFont, and a practical sans from Ludwig Type. Show More Summary

FontFont Focus: FF Franziska For Bündner Tagblatt

Type is a crucial element in the branding of a newspaper. It defines the atmosphere of the publication, its visual style. It can make the text sound a tad more authoritative, a little friendlier, a smidgen more serious. And if the newspaper is set in one single type family for the entire typographic palette from [...]

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