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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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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

PDFDownload PDF of the interview (4MB)

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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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