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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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TYPE DESIGN · July 15, 2009

From Default Fonts To All Fonts (in two easy steps?)

July 15, 2009 - Boston

With 1994’s foundation of the World wide Web and the release of the first graphical web browsers, and until 2006, unique typographic identities on the web could only be attained by converting, or rendering, outline font data into graphics, and posting the graphic. Browser developers set the default fonts of their products to fonts found on the OS each browser was made for, and this combination of pre-rendered and OS-rendered default fonts was how web typography was done. The OS, though they can handle all the fonts required for any design purpose, have been counting ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · June 24, 2009

stencils…

…from trucks, dumpsters, freight trains, and buildings across North America.

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NEWS · June 10, 2009

Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau

June 10, 2009 - Boston.

The Palm® Pre™ is already selling out — after great reviews. The revolutionary new user interface is enhanced by new fonts from the Font Bureau.

This past weekend’s notable release of the Palm Pre also saw the debut of custom fonts developed especially for the Pre by the Font Bureau.

To build a unique visual experience for the Pre user, Palm commissioned a suite of fonts from the Font Bureau, a type foundry noted for its many custom designs for major publications and corporations. The fonts, named Prelude, were designed by Font Bureau co-founder David Berlow ...

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BEHIND THE SCENES · June 4, 2009

Kerning, Flow, and Music

Ah, kerning. The very thought fills my brain with endorphins. I don’t recall if I’ve met another typeface designer who likes it—at all. Some seem to tolerate it at the beginning, but they eventually grow to hate it. And yes, there are times I’ve gotten frustrated with it, but overall, kerning brings me a joy like no other.

The average designer may not realize that a knowledgeable typeface designer will look at every possible character combination to determine which kerning pairs must be added. Uppercase to uppercase, uppercase to lowercase, lowercase to punctuation, figures to punctuation ...

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