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It was that familiar time of year again: the first weekend in May, when we all descend on Martha’s Vineyard for yet another offsite meeting. This year’s gathering included more than twenty of us — Font Bureau designers and staff, consultants, and type board.
There are two reasons why we have offsites — to socialize and to work. Since we’ve become a distributed work environment, it’s a chance for us to reconnect face-to-face with co-workers and to keep connected as a company. We review what we did in the past year, strategize where we’re going, and calibrate ...
We often hear “Why do we need more fonts?” One might also ask, “Why write another history of type?” Mike Parker suggests that Rookledge’s International Directory of Type Designers* has 90 percent of everything one needs in terms of factual information about type throughout history; but it lacks a narrative story of type and doesn’t connect the influences throughout type’s organic evolution.
Mike Parker was exposed firsthand to type history as an evolving story over the centuries when he worked at the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp in the mid 1950s, where he was charged with cataloging ...
June 15, 2010
Nick Sherman, who recently joined Font Bureau spent some time in Denver and reported on the goings-on there. Apparently it’s been a hotbed of activity related to typography and letterpress printing this month. The Pressed exhibit was a highlight, the documentary Typography was screened, and he was invited to speak on a panel discussing letterpress, type, and design. Check out his blog post on Woodtyper for more.
Rhode Island School of Design's new alumni magazine, RISD XYZ, just launched. The publication showcases the inspiring stories and accomplished work of RISD's alumni community. Chriswell Lappin of WellNow Design led the design, along with other contributing alumni, to give it not only a vibrant new look but also an exciting direction.
Best of all, much of the type is set in Antenna and Receiver, both designed by Cyrus Highsmith, a RISD alum himself (97 GD) and faculty member. The sans serif Antenna is the earlier design; Receiver is closely related, but with clear-cut slab serifs. His forthcoming ...
Thanks to my long career at Font Bureau, I can spell bureau with confidence. Now, thanks to the new slab serif version of Antenna, I can spell its name, Receiver with the same certainty. The e goes before the i ! Receiver isn’t published yet but you can check it out in RISD’s new alumni magazine, RISD XYZ.
April 29, 2010
Here is a quick drawing before I hop on a boat and head for Font Bureau’s annual meeting.
For those of us who keep tabs on magazine redesigns, What’s been Worth Watching the past few weeks is TV Guide itself.
The magazine unveiled a fresh redesign last week with a new palette of typefaces, including several from Font Bureau — Quiosco for text, Boomer Sans & Serif for a wide range of display.
The new design by Robert Newman, James Reyman, Kate Thompson and Katherine Dillon of DillonThompson features a brighter, bolder, cleaner look and a crisp ...
My friend Joanna sent me an email a couple of weeks ago saying, “I heard a news blip this morning that I thought was sort of fascinating.” She went on to quote the news item about the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s decision to switch to Century Gothic as the default for all printed campus e-mails.
“You should design a ‘green’ font,” she urged.
I began to respond with a dissertation about how there are plenty of so-called “green” fonts already, but it got me thinking.
As some news articles have noted, most fonts that are light in weight or ...