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SEEN AND NOTED · June 9, 2010

Alumni After RISD XYZ

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 ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · May 28, 2010

spell check

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.


SKETCHES · May 13, 2010

another quick one


SKETCHES · April 29, 2010

quick sketch

Here is a quick drawing before I hop on a boat and head for Font Bureau’s annual meeting.


SEEN AND NOTED · April 27, 2010

TV Guide: What’s Worth Watching

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 ...

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BEHIND THE SCENES, TYPE DESIGN · April 22, 2010

Thinking Green for Earth Day

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 ...

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SEEN AND NOTED, SKETCHES · April 14, 2010

the call

A couple of weeks ago, I caught a screening of The Call of Cthulhu at my friendly neighborhood public library. H.P. Lovecraft, the author of the original short story, is something of a local hero here in Providence.

I drew the above lettering in my sketchbook while waiting for the show to begin.

Although this film adaptation was done in 2006, it’s a silent movie that appears as if it were made closer to era when the story was first published in 1928. There is an attention to detail that any typophile could appreciate—no anachronistic fonts in this production, at least as far as I could see. Check out the titles in the trailer for a taste.


NEWS · April 1, 2010

flood

It could have been a lot worse but things are a bit wet at Font Bureau’s Rhode Island office this week.


NEWS, SEEN AND NOTED · March 29, 2010

A Change of Fortune

Before-and-after comparison of new Fortune magazine logo

Last week Fortune magazine unveiled a bold new look, spearheaded by creative director John Korpics. To herald the new direction, Korpics commissioned Cyrus Highsmith to draw a new logo for the nameplate.

Now entering its 80th year, Fortune magazine has had an illustrious history, often noted for its journalism and photography. A new logo needed to be distinguished, to demonstrate boldness, and to signal success.

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SKETCHES · March 12, 2010

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