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SKETCHES · March 31, 2008

Providence, RI

Metropolis magazine invited various visual artists and writers to contribute to their March issue about local flavor. I was happy to send them an interpretation of my town, the ancient city of Providence, Rhode Island. There are also contributions from fellow letter-drawers Sibylle Hagmann, James Goggin, Elliott Earls, and Village.


SEEN AND NOTED · March 18, 2008

It was fun while it lasted.

Wired.com gives away all our trade secrets. Oh well...

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SKETCHES · March 17, 2008

What the heck is that?

As a letter drawer, my main materials are black and white. I don’t get many opportunities to work in color. That’s ok with me but a little change is also nice once in a while. I was happy to see some color around my desk this last week. Above is a detail from a drop shadow treatment for a logo I have been working on that included red, black, plus not just one but two shades of yellow. My eyes are confused but I think they like it.


NEW TYPE · March 6, 2008

New Fonts: Scout and FB Moderno

March 6, 2008. Boston

Font Bureau is excited to announce the release of two major new typefaces from our drawing studio - Scout and FB Moderno.

SCOUT

A fresh new sans serif, something always useful, Scout (and a related logotype) was drawn by Cyrus Highsmith, a senior type designer at Font Bureau, for Geraldine Hessler’s 2006 redesign of Entertainment Weekly. The 24 style family marks the magazine’s first significant typographic update in a decade. Scout created a new typographic identity for the magazine with a design that derives structural elements from both new and old: DIN, Venus, and Cairoli ...

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INTERVIEWS · February 25, 2008

Sam Berlow interviewed on NPR’s On The Media

http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/02/22/05

Character Matters:

The fonts that presidential candidates select for their campaign logos reflect an important act of political branding. Sam Berlow of The Font Bureau Inc. says the logos all speak volumes about the candidates they represent.

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SKETCHES · February 19, 2008

Wires


NEWS · January 29, 2008

campaign typography

The Boston Globe asked us to write a small article on the design of the 2008 presidential candidates’ logos. Sam Berlow and I took a stab at it. I use the word ‘stab’ because looking at most of them is like stabbing needles into your eyes. Well, maybe not that bad.

Personally, I am surprised at how restrained Giuliani’s logo is. I was expecting something set maybe in this typeface with little airplanes crashing into it.

You can see the Globe’s version of the article here.

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TYPE DESIGN · January 9, 2008

The Em

The em is an important and basic thing in typography, but its definition can be quite tricky. If you ask a type designer, a typographer, and a software engineer to define the em, you will probably get three different answers. The answers will not necessarily contradict each other; they are just from different points of view.

the typographer’s em

Let’s start with probably the most common usage of the term ‘em’, what I will call the typographer’s em. You probably encountered it early on in your typographic education.

The typographer’s em, a horizontal space, is equal ...

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SKETCHES · December 3, 2007

a new alphabet


SKETCHES · December 1, 2007

typography is for the birds