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NEWS, SEEN AND NOTED · October 28, 2009

New Faces in Washington

Last week the venerable Washington Post unveiled its new design, eight months in the making. More a “tweak” than an extreme makeover, the redesign was accomplished by an in-house team in collaboration with Roger Black and his studio. Charles Apple presents a very thorough review of the newspaper’s structural and design changes on his Visual Editors blog, including ample links to other sources and a PDF of The Post’s own special section detailing the changes.

The obvious change to The Post’s body copy font gets noted in several articles. But some of the more subtle changes in ...

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October 22, 2009

From Boston to Mexico City

Packing is almost done. My presentation is saved in about 40 different formats and 8 different places (one can never be too careful). Before I am technically awake on Sunday morning, I’ll be getting on a plane bound for Mexico City. I’m excited, and I can barely wait for ATypI: The Heart of the Letter to begin.

This promises to be one compelling conference. Web fonts are on top of everyone’s mind. David Berlow will be speaking about his experience with developing them in relation to designing agate fonts. Attendees will get a rare glimpse into the ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · October 20, 2009

moving type!

I sent Brent Barson an email to tell him how much I enjoyed the opening titles for the fifth Typophile Film Festival made by him and his students. It happens to feature Scout and Dispatch but for me that was just a bonus. The animation is really amazing. Barson replied that it turns out Scout and Dispatch were just asking to be cut out of wood, metal, and plexiglass. Who knew? Christian Schwartz’s handsome Farnham also shows up, among others.

Scout also shows up in the inimitable Laurie Rosenwald’s animated chaos. Keep your eyes peeled for Loupot, me ...

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NEWS · October 20, 2009

October Newsletter: Trilby, ATypI, Interlínea, How We Read, & GD, Referenced

The offbeat charm of Trilby abounds in our October newsletter; FB speaks from the heart of the letter at ATypI Mexico City; Interlínea is now available for free download; Cyrus Highsmith shares How We Read; and a handful of our typefaces are represented in UnderConsideration’s Graphic Design, Referenced.

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NEWS · October 7, 2009

Interlínea — Font Bureau’s new Spanish-language publication

Font Bureau unveiled Interlínea, its new Spanish-language promotional piece designed by DaniloBlack Inc., at this year’s SND conference in Buenos Aires. This 12-page tabloid features articles by Roger Black, Cyrus Highsmith, and Ariel Garofalo. It also includes project profiles of prominent publication designers, examples of recent custom typefaces, and new and upcoming typeface releases.

PDFDownload a PDF of Interlínea (4.8 MB)

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NEWS · September 24, 2009

September Newsletter: Starling, SND, TypeCon, Matthew Carter, & 1000 Fonts

Highlights of our September newsletter include the new release of Starling; the unveiling our new Spanish-language promotional piece Interlínea at SND in Buenos Aires; Sam Berlow and Kent Lew at TypeCon in Atlanta; Matthew Carter’s lecture series, Genuine Imitations; and Font Bureau’s contribution in the new reference book, 1000 Fonts.

If you missed the July newsletter you can still view it here. The highlights included the new release of Juliana; Palm Pre’s launch with fonts by Font Bureau; Cyrus Highsmith profiled in MyFonts’ Creative Characters; and Dyana Weissman interviewed in the popular design blog Speak Up.

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TYPE DESIGN · September 24, 2009

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TYPE DESIGN · September 10, 2009

How We Read

A common maxim among type designers is that drawing a typeface isn’t about drawing beautiful letters: drawing a typeface is about making beautiful words. A typeface is a collection of separate parts that have to work together in every possible combination to form unified words.

Words can be very different from each other. A word can be as short as a single letter, or a word can be incredibly long. A word can be all lowercase letters, or a word can be all uppercase letters. A word might be a combination of both upper and lowercase letters. A word ...

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TYPE DESIGN · September 10, 2009

Enhancements to Georgia & Verdana Typeface Families Announced

Elk Grove Village, IL — September 8, 2009 — Ascender Corporation, Carter & Cone and The Font Bureau, Inc. announced today that they are working on a project in conjunction with Microsoft to extend the Georgia and Verdana typeface families. This project began more than a year ago, and the first of the new typefaces are expected during the first quarter of 2010.

More details at Ascendercorp.com

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INTERVIEWS · August 4, 2009

Financial Times: Interview with Mike Parker about Starling

The history of the Times New Roman typeface
By Joel Alas

“The release of Starling in June presented not just a new font, but a challenge to the accepted history of one of the most widely used typefaces in the world. And after a lifetime spent in typography, Parker was well aware of the controversy he was getting involved in: typography may present a genteel exterior, but it’s an art form punctuated by bitter rivalries and rampant plagiarism.” Read more...

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