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November 23, 2009
PARIS BEAUTY MEETS A ROLLING STONE
Hutch, from Font Bureau, is a modern interpretation of Cochin, another French typeface. Cochin was first released in about 1915 by the Peignot type foundry in Paris and was based on the lettering of late eighteenth-century French copperplate engravers.
Metal and phototype versions of Cochin were used in some of the first issues of Rolling Stone magazine. When Joe Hutchinson, the magazine’s current art director, approached famed publication designer Roger Black about creating a display typeface for the publication, Black immediately suggested Cochin.
David Berlow, Font Bureau founder, and Jim Parkinson, who drew ...
Drawing a masthead is a nice change of pace. While a typeface contains hundreds of different glyphs, a masthead is usually just several letters long. You even know what order they go in. In contrast, the parts of a typeface can be assembled in almost any sequence and the letter drawer must plan for that.
There are some folks who delight in obscure letter combinations, archaic diacritic marks, and other linguistic minutiae. And it is important to take care with such details. Sometimes, I also like to just draw though.
I had a great time drawing this masthead for a ...
“ATypI ambitiously billed this year’s Typ09 conference as the discussion epicenter for the future of fonts on the Web... The loudest — and often the most interesting — of these voices was unarguably David Berlow’s.” Read more by Stephen Coles...
That was the tweet at least — a tweet being a Twitter or Twitster writing a headline and delivering it globally at text size, accompanied by a big picture of themselves or something.
But what am I saying — I’m doing it again: Writing a blog. Writing a blog on web fonts. Writing a blog on web fonts for an audience so mixed that I have a choice of confusing some of you all the time, all of you some of the time, and time itself (which I lost a couple times this past week) all the time.
I tell people ...
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 ...
October 22, 2009
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 ...
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 ...
October 20, 2009
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.
October 7, 2009
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.
Download a PDF of Interlínea (4.8 MB)
September 24, 2009
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.