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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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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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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


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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NEWS · March 11, 2010

Font Bureau at SXSW in Austin: Web Fonts Panel & Party

Web Fonts Panel
Saturday March 13, 9:30am, Ballroom B
Font Bureau’s David Berlow and Roger Black will be joined by Typekit’s Jeffrey Veen, Stephen Coles of FontShop/Typographica, and Bert Bos of W3C in what will surely be an engaging conversation about what we’ve all been waiting for. The time has come for web fonts.

Web Fonts Party
Sunday March 14, 6-9pm
Join the party at Shangri-la with our co-hosts Typekit, FontShop, and Webtype for chats on fonts, the web, and the future of of it all. We’ll have demos, a DJ, and drinks are on us (while tickets last)!

NEWS · February 26, 2010

“Who Shot the Serif?”

[Excerpted from HOW magazine's February 2010 issue, used with permission from the author and publisher.]

Who says the serif is dead? Type expert Allan Haley bucks the sans serif trend, with a look at seven versatile new serif fonts you can add to your type wardrobe. One of them is David Jonathan Ross's Trilby.

Reversed-Stressed Slab Serif

David Jonathan Ross has had a long-standing affinity for the French Clarendon type style. One of his earlier designs, Manicotti, takes the style to its extreme. He said he reveled in exaggerating the "wagon-rut" tracks of horizontal weight distribution. In his ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · February 11, 2010

unholy sonnets

photo copyright 2010 Elias Roustom

EM Letterpress recently printed a beautiful book of poetry by Barton Levi St Armand with illustrations by Walter Feldman. The poems are set in the inimitable Dante with Relay for the headers.

SEEN AND NOTED · February 11, 2010

the night air

“In this edition we’re getting down among the serifs, fiddling about with fonts and dabbling in Qwerty as well as trying to make sense of the Myers Briggs test and where it’s usefully employed. How has the idea of the book and the mechanical printing press fared since Gutenberg’s great idea?”

Check out the sonic collage that is The Night Air podcast.