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BEHIND THE SCENES, NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · March 24, 2014

DISPLAY:TEXT Exhibition

On Wednesday, March 26th from 5:00–7:00 there will be an opening reception at Lesley University for our exhibit, DISPLAY:TEXT, followed by a public talk from Cyrus Highsmith.

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BEHIND THE SCENES, TYPE DESIGN · March 2, 2014

Finding Forma

Type designer David Jonathan Ross.


Forma is a neo-grotesk typeface by the Italian type foundry Nebiolo. It was designed in 1965–68 by a team of eight designers, spear-headed by Nebiolo’s art director, Aldo Novarese. This is the story of its revival.

Roger Black first saw Forma at the Nebiolo stand during the Drupa exhibition in 1977. He’s loved it ever since. To him it was the answer to monotonous Helvetica, which, by the mid-’70s, was already overly familiar and overused. Like Times Roman, it became “ground into the dirt by one-size-fits-all masters,” said Roger, when included ...

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PARKER TYPE HISTORY · February 26, 2014

Mike Parker Stories

We’d like to thank everyone for the support in recent days. We’ve already heard some great stories about Mike. In fact, most revolve around how much he himself loved to tell stories.

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NEWS · February 24, 2014

Remembering Mike Parker

I met Mike Parker in the late 90s, soon after I'd graduated from college. It was the dotcom era. My friends from school all got these amazing jobs making websites for hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. I had just started working at Font Bureau, making typefaces, for quite a bit less. But I didn't mind. This was an exciting time for me. I was living with my girlfriend in Cambridge, above the store where she worked. I took the train to get to the office. It was the beginning of my adult life.

Then one day ...

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COMPETITIONS, NEWS · February 17, 2014

Morisawa Competition 2014

The Morisawa Type Design Competition returns this year and Font Bureau is pleased to be partner. This will be the ninth occasion since Morisawa’s first international contest in 1984, marking its 30th anniversary.

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NEW TYPE, NEWS · December 12, 2013

New Release: Icebox

Frozen water, in the right hands, can be extraordinary. Next time you’re sitting in front of an expert bartender, don't be surprised when she reaches for a club and chisel. A carefully carved chunk of ice can withstand more than one pour of a straight spirit, become infused and round slowly with the night. After your last sip, the seasoned ice remains.

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SEEN AND NOTED · October 17, 2013

Sign Painters Review

As far as type and lettering related movies go, I found myself enjoying this one most of all…

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NEW TYPE · August 7, 2013

New Fonts: Benton Sans Wide

Benton Sans, already the largest Font Bureau family, now boasts a full spectrum of widths from Extra Compressed to the new Benton Sans Wide. This makes a total of 80 styles — the 5 widths, each with 8 weights and corresponding italics. And that will make designers with complex typographic needs very happy. Combine this group with Benton Sans RE for small screen use, or pair it with Benton Modern as a serif companion, and there isn’t a typographic task too large, too small, or too complex that the comprehensive expanded family can’t handle.

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NEW TYPE · February 11, 2013

New Type: Savanna Script

On this Valentine’s week, we are pleased to announce another labor of love by our master of the calligraphic script, Richard Lipton. With typefaces like Avalon, Sloop, and Tangier, Lipton continually transforms the elegance of pen-on-paper into beautiful, functional fonts. His latest is Savanna Script.

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NEWS, SEEN AND NOTED · December 18, 2012

Ready for Liftoff: Le Jet

Just a few days after we released Serge, the fonts are already being used by the premier purveyor of personal propulsion, Le Jet! Peruse the dynamic online catalog of this retro-forward-thinking enterprise, revel in the clever copy rendered entirely in webfonts from Webtype, and (if you’re using a modern browser like IE 10, Chrome 22 or Firefox 4 or later) delight in the OpenType swash caps.

Can’t get enough of this ultra moderne technologie? Cyrus Highsmith is posting more of his original Le Jet graphics on his personal blog, Cyrumblr.