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Climbing Everest

“Designing Zapfino Arabic takes everything I ever learned about type design and then some… Have never, ever, worked on anything this challenging.” — Facebook status: Oct. 24, 2013 Designing an Arabic companion to the Zapfino typeface...Show More Summary

A Haiku Homage to 2014

As we plunge into the final editing phase of Our Favorite Typefaces of 2014, perennial contributor Dyana Weissman offers this poetic prelude. Enjoy, and feel free to respond with your own. — SC Haikus and I go back a long time. Many of us learned about them in elementary school. I enjoyed them, particularly because of […]

Notes on the first Books Printed in Italy

In my recent article on The First Book Printed in Italy, I introduce the first books printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz in the Subiaco monastery complex in the Sabine hills to the west of Rome from 1465. On Twitter, in a great deal more than 140 characters, I received this enthusiastic barrage of Tweets: I […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Notes on the first Books Printed in Italy

Bye bye opentype.info, hello Typography.Guru

Dear readers of my blog, I have started to phase out opentype.info. All articles which I considered worth saving were moved over to my new site Typography.Guru. All other articles are still available here for some months until I shut down the blog completely. Thanks for your interest and all the discussions on this blog. […]

This Month in Typography

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we make Helvetica cookies, tumble for ligatures, uncover a longstanding typesetting mistake by the New York Times, ponder typefaces for cities, get reacquainted...Show More Summary

Murder in Italic

Most will be familiar with the name Francesco Griffo, born in Bologna in 1450, and forever associated with the Venetian printer-publisher Aldus Manutius for whom he designed and cut roman, Greek, and the first italic fonts. Their partnership...Show More Summary

Making Fonts: GT Sectra

GT Sectra is a serif typeface combining the calligraphic influence of the broad nib pen with the sharpness of the scalpel. This sharpness defines its contemporary look. The GT Sectra subfamily was originally designed for the long-form magazine Reportagen, a publication with interesting stories from all around the world. Show More Summary

This Month in Typography

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we delve into endangered alphabets, examine the best book covers of 2014, revisit Æsop’s fables, ponder automotive text interfaces, salivate over chocolate...Show More Summary

The first Bible set in roman type

Sweynheym and Pannartz are credited with introducing printing to Italy via their press at the monastery of Santa Scolastica at Subiaco, outside of Rome in 1465. They appear to have been relatively successful, even sending quite a number of their books to Rome itself. Show More Summary

Walbaum—the Man and the Typeface

I put together a video explaining the development of the Walbaum Antiqua typeface and the style of the modern typefaces. Make sure to turn on HD to see the type specimen images in full resolution. Tweet

Size-specific Adjustments to Type Designs

For decades now, typography has lacked a vital component. Yet most of us had no idea what was missing. Soon after type made the jump from metal and wood to film and digital, it became size agnostic. Users gained the ability to scale a font for any setting, but lost the type maker’s size-specific optimizations. […]

FontCast #18 — 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 [...]

Notes on the first Italic

St. Catherine, bad feet, & the first italic Whenever we think about the invention of the italic typeface we invariably think of the year 1501, when the italic type, commissioned by Aldus Manutius and cut by Griffo, was employed to set a new series of small pocket books, first published in 1501. Aldus, writing to his […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Notes on the first Italic

Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters

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

This Month in Typography

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we dip our toes into some controversial typographic decision making over at Apple; we talk about typography as a societal problem solver (or not); we discuss...Show More Summary

Notes on the first Italic

St. Catherine, bad feet, & the first italic Whenever we think about the invention of the italic typeface we invariably think of the year 1501, when the italic type, commissioned by Aldus Manutius and cut by Griffo, was employed to set a new series of small pocket books, firat published in 1501. Aldus, writing to […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Notes on the first Italic

Letters in Wonderhand

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. Show More Summary

New Fonts 1

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

FontCast #19 — Mark Simonson

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 [...]

Global, Local, Social: ATypI Barcelona 2014 (Part 2)

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 [...]

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