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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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WEB FONTS · May 18, 2009

Oh No! Not More Web Fonts!

About a month ago I was interviewed by Jeffery Zeldman, from A List Apart, on my early experiences in the type industry. When the interview veered to the topic of web fonts, much to my excitement, I spilled too big an idea. Excitement because we at Font Bureau were beginning to formulate an early proposal for an additional table in our fonts. We’ve now sharpened that to a simpler proposal than what I was discussing with Mr. Zeldman. And of course we are excited because this table, in concert with CSS’s long neglected @fontface recommendation, will bring all ...

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INTERVIEWS · May 12, 2009

SND Design Journal: Interview with David Berlow

Talking Type with Rolf Rehe
A shepherd with no favorite sheep

“The American type designer David Berlow is the creator of ITC Franklin, which we use in this issue of Design Journal. This is another in a series of interviews with type designers, focusing on how they approach their work.”

The Society for News Design’s Quarterly Journal
No. 108 & 109, Fall/Winter 2009

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INTERVIEWS · May 7, 2009

A List Apart: Interview with David Berlow

Real Fonts on the Web: An Interview with The Font Bureau’s David Berlow
by Jeffrey Zeldman, David Berlow
April 21, 2009

“Is there life after Georgia? We ask David Berlow, co-founder of The Font Bureau, Inc, and the first TrueType type designer, how type designers and web designers can work together to resolve licensing and technology issues that stand between us and real fonts on the web.”

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BEHIND THE SCENES · May 6, 2009

If It’s May, It Must Be Offsite …

This past weekend, May 1st through the 3rd, we gathered for our annual offsite meeting -- a chance for the whole FB team to get together in one location. Once again this year, the tribe descended on Martha’s Vineyard, home to our peerless leaders, both David and Sam (for a little while longer, anyway).

The gathering consists of FB staff, consultants & “extended family,” and wise counsel (i.e., Matthew Carter ;-). It’s a once-a-year opportunity to get everyone together in the same place at the same time -- a time for a little reflection and a little projection: reviewing sales figures, discussing trends and opportunities, sharing recent accomplishments, and forging ...

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NEWS · May 5, 2009

Font Bureau Fonts in Typographica’s Favorites of 2008

Zócalo, Benton Modern Display, ITC Franklin, and Rocky were all selected in Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2008. In the words of Nick Sherman “...it’s significant that the ever-increasing quality in type design these days — dubbed by some as the new “golden age” of type — has caused this year’s list to supersede previous lists in many ways.”

Dyana Weissman was also invited to review Lakeside by Mark Simonson.

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SKETCHES, TYPE DESIGN · April 16, 2009

Hand lettering

Above is a close-up of some hand lettering from a recent project. It is nice to get away from the computer once in a while!