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SEEN AND NOTED · January 22, 2010

ILT: Trilby Leads Off the List of 2009 Favorites

The month of January typically sees many “Best Of . . .” reflections on the year just past. John Boardley over at the I Love Typography blog has recently added his own personal Favourite Fonts of 2009 to the mix. Heading up his list is FB’s Trilby by David Jonathan Ross.

There’s no actual significance to the order, but we’re pleased to have landed a top spot anyway. And Trilby is in good company: It’s a wonderfully eclectic and tasteful gathering of fonts.

Read more by John Boardley.


the final frontier

At the heart of calligraphy is the stroke that comes from the pen, the brush or whatever tool you choose to dip into the black ink and pull across the white page. Type design can of course be looked at through the lens of the calligraphic stroke. And it often is.

But what interests me is what makes typography and calligraphy different. In movable type, each character has a certain amount of letter space, and a fixed amount of line space, that belongs to it. In foundry type this is becomes the body, it’s a physical thing. In my ...

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INTERVIEWS · January 21, 2010

SND: Roger Black on Designing the Next Decade

On its recently redesigned website, the Society for News Design (SND) asked FB co-founder Roger Black to talk about what’s ahead for visual communication in the 2010s. They present his observations in both transcript and video webcast format. Read/watch the interview at

NEWS · January 19, 2010

Verdana Pro: Not just another pretty face

Today, Matthew Carter is overseeing the re-working and expansion of the Verdana and Georgia font families, with David Berlow of The Font Bureau leading the effort ... read more at

INTERVIEWS · January 12, 2010

FontCast: Dyana Weissman on Kerning

“At ATypI in Mexico City Stephen Coles broached the topic of kerning with Dyana Weissman of The Font Bureau, one of the few type designers who claims to actually enjoy the tedious task of assigning thousands of kern pairs to each font. She explains the difference between kerning and spacing, why it should be done by hand, and the mystical concept of flow.”

Watch it here on The FontFeed.

NEWS · January 11, 2010


I will be in America’s dairyland on the 14th to give a talk, sponsored by Design Madison. They suggested that I come in March when it’s warmer but I said no way I grew up in Wisconsin, I am coming in January. Doncha know.

SKETCHES · January 4, 2010


Happy New Year!

SKETCHES · December 18, 2009

happy new year

‘Ras as-Sana’ drawn in Kufic style lettering.

NEWS · December 15, 2009

December Newsletter: Season’s Greetings, Sloop WGL, Hutch, Web Fonts, and Scripty Mastheads

Our December newsletter’s holiday greeting of spreading hope in any language features Richard Lipton’s Sloop WGL. Allan Haley writes about the story of David Berlow’s Hutch for Rolling Stone. Adding to the buzz about fonts for the web is David Berlow’s interview on FontFeed, and Cyrus Highsmith draws an original scripty masthead for Rhode Island Monthly.

If you missed our November newsletter featuring decorated letters and more, view it here.

SKETCHES · December 11, 2009

happy hanukkah

Hebrew lettering, inspired by Ben Shahn.