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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


TYPE DESIGN · September 8, 2007

cryptic regularity

“The bas-relief was a rough rectangle less than an inch thick and about five by six inches in area; obviously of modern origin. Its designs, however, were far from modern in atmosphere and suggestion; for although the vagaries of cubism and futurism are many and wild, they do not often reproduce that cryptic regularity which lurks in prehistoric writing. And writing of some kind the bulk of the designs seemed certainly to be; though my memory, despite much familiarity with the papers and collections of my uncle, failed in any way to identify this particular species, or even to hint ...

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July 30, 2007

Font Bureau Apologizes

We have received complaints from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Letters about the previous post, A Typical Day at the Office, depicting a member of Font Bureau’s design staff threatening a letter with a whip. Font Bureau would like to assure everyone that no letters are harmed in the creation of any Font Bureau typefaces. Font Bureau strongly condemns the mistreatment of any glyph. We apologize to anyone who may have been offended.

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TYPE DESIGN · July 30, 2007

A Typical Day at the Office

Creating typefaces isn’t as easy as you might think...

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NEW TYPE · July 12, 2007

New Fonts: Casey and Biscotti

July 3, 2007. Boston

Font Bureau, Inc. is proud to present two new script families for summer, whether you are celebrating a friend’s wedding or a baseball season:

CASEY - a fat-bottomed Script in 3 weigths

Casey, Leslie Cabarga’s latest script, recalls Casey at the Bat, Enerest Lawrence Thayer’s vivid old baseball poem. Once, fat-bottomed scripts like Casey were everywhere but they barely survived as logos for Campbell’s soup, Ford, Coca-Cola and, of course, the Dodgers. In 2000, Emigre’s logo brought one back and popular use was on again. Cabarga’s splendid take on the swinging ...

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NEWS · June 8, 2007

traveling again...

I will do a presentation at the HOW conference in Atlanta on Monday, June 11. This is what it will look like. You don’t want to miss that now, do you?

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TYPE DESIGN · May 2, 2007

Letters represent sounds

A drawing from a sketchbook, exploring the possibilities of the phonetic alphabet...

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