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June 16, 2008

Love or Hate Sky Boxes, They Are Here to Stay

Sam Berlow, General Manager

I recently took my 12 and 15 year old to see the Celtics, and the only tickets left were in a sky box. The view was great, the seats were comfortable, we had a private bathroom, and food was good (for a sports arena). During the game we had this feeling of being disconnected. Sky boxes are set away from the crowd. We were in the crowd but not in the crowd, we could hear the cheering, but couldn’t feel the noise, we could see the action but couldn’t smell anything but the recycled ...

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NEWS · May 29, 2008

Type Camp Galiano

Ahhh, the weather in Boston is finally warming up, and I’m starting to think about my summer plans. What I’m most excited about is spending 5 days and nights on an idyllic island off the coast of British Columbia, getting some color into my pale New England skin. Whether it’s from swimming, hiking, or just relaxing in the Cascadian sun. And most importantly, talking and making type with other font fanatics. You can come too; I’m not just randomly bragging.

I’ll be co-instructing at Type Camp Galiano this year, and I can barely wait. Not ...

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INTERVIEWS · May 27, 2008

David Berlow Interviewed for The Boston Globe

From A to Z, font designer knows his type

“Unless you’re in the design or publishing industry, David Berlow won’t bother explaining his line of work to you.”

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NEWS · May 21, 2008

One-Line Type Specimens Third Edition

As previously mentioned here, Font Bureau was just on Martha’s Vineyard, without me. While discussing the future of fonts, I envisioned them sucking oyster juices from their type-designing fingers and munching on a particular kind of joy known as Humphrey’s sandwiches. Elsewhere, I was off-island in Wilmington, Massachussets at Kirkwood Printing on press check with my fifth cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand. Font Bureau’s new One-Line Type Specimens Third Edition was chugging away on their 4-color Mitsubishi.

At hour 32 the nightshift pressman returned and asked Did you go home?

No, but your couch is ...

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INTERVIEWS · May 19, 2008

Cyrus Highsmith profiled in Atlantamagazine.com

”In the world of type design, Cyrus Highsmith is a star.” Check out his profile, the lettering he did for the magazine, and his fonts:

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/article.aspx?id=22750

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/article.aspx?id=22754

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BEHIND THE SCENES · May 13, 2008

Font Bureau Offsite on Martha’s Vineyard

The first weekend in May marks Font Bureau’s annual offsite meeting on Martha’s Vineyard.

It’s when our staff come together to reflect on the previous year, and plan for the year to come. OpenType was very much on the table, as well as upcoming font releases, marketing directions, and website initiatives. Good times and food were also present, even though sunny weather was not.

Quotable quotes:

”Around this time every year I hear from brides and mothers of brides.”
— Mark, when asked about tech support

”You can’t prevent people from doing what they want, but you ...

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INTERVIEWS · April 24, 2008

David Berlow Interviewed for MyFonts

”Although David Berlow is obviously too young to be counted among the grand old men of American typography, he is certainly one of its most influential figures.”

http://www.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/200709.html

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INTERVIEWS · April 22, 2008

Matthew Carter and Cyrus Highsmith Interviewed for NY Times Blog

At the New York Times’s blog Campaign Stops, Steve Heller interviews designers and typographers about the McCain campaign’s use of the typeface, Optima.

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INTERVIEWS · April 21, 2008

David Berlow on John Berry’s Blog

“David Berlow has always been a consummate type designer, crafting new faces and new versions of old faces for any number of specific, practical uses.”

—John Berry, April 21st 2008

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SKETCHES · April 15, 2008

As-Salāmu ’Alaykum (السلام عليكم)

Arabic calligraphy is the most beautiful calligraphic tradition in the world, in my opinion. The birth of my niece gave me an opportunity to try it myself. Above is a sketch I drew of her name in the kufic style. I liked how it came out until it was very politely pointed out to me that I had spelled it wrong. Back to the old drawing board, as they say.