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NEWS, PARKER TYPE HISTORY · March 23, 2011

Mike Parker to Receive the Type Director’s Club Medal

“For more than 50 years, print historian and industry leader Mike Parker has been shepherding the development of typography: from hot metal, to photocomposition, to digital. The TDC recognizes individuals in the typographic and graphic design communities who have excelled in the field of typography, whether in typeface design or type usage.” He will be honored at the TDC on the evening of Wednesday, April 6th for his extraordinary and lifelong contributions to the field. Read more...


SEEN AND NOTED · March 18, 2011

Review of the Documentary “Typeface”

“Letterpress is obsolete, that's what makes it valuable.” I wouldn’t call it obsolete, exactly—perhaps the person misspoke—but yes, it is very valuable. Even so, technology inevitably marches on. And without documentaries like Typeface spreading the word, people will not know to take time to appreciate this art form.

Much like wood type itself, this film is flawed…

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SKETCHES · March 11, 2011

glagolitic

A glagolitic sketch.

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NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · March 10, 2011

iLT: Through Thick and Thin

“Ever since I started to draw type, one of the challenges that has intrigued me the most is figuring out how letters carry their weight,” David Jonathan Ross begins in his article for I Love Typography. He illustrates his exploration with three of his typefaces, Manicotti, Trilby (above), and Condor.


BEHIND THE SCENES · March 7, 2011

Minds for Typography

Several weeks ago, David Jonathan Ross and I spoke on a panel at the cherished Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Following a screening of the documentary Helvetica, we talked about our experiences as typeface designers. The event was coordinated by GLIMPSE journal, a captivating, beautifully designed publication that examines the art and science of seeing.

We were privileged to share the stage with Dr. Matthew Schneps, Director of the Lab for Visual Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who has been investigating the strengths that people with dyslexia have in processing visual information. His research about dyslexic readers being ...

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PARKER TYPE HISTORY · March 2, 2011

Mike Parker’s Story of Type: Plantin, de Sanlecque, & Le Bé

This eighth installment is as much about printers in the late 16th century as it is about the punchcutters. The Plantin-Moretus Museum, the famous printing house mentioned in earlier installments, finally comes to life with its founder, Christopher Plantin. The inventories from the Le Bé type foundry in Paris illuminate the two de Sanlecques, father and son, and shed light on other notables in type history, until we're finally led to the underpinnings of David Berlow’s Eldorado.

II. Old Style Roman and Italic Typefaces (continued)

Christopher Plantin (French, c. 1530-1589)

Plantin was not a designer but a publisher ...

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SKETCHES · February 17, 2011

A is for apple

To be continued…

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NEWS · January 28, 2011

wwword: Chasing Technology, an Interview with David Berlow

Lucy Sisman begins her interview with David Berlow for wwword, “At any given time there are a few people who can see into the future and anticipate what we will all need. David Berlow, type designer, is one of them.... While he is respected and innovative as a designer, his career has meant more than that: part creative technician, part techy genius, he has been instrumental in pioneering type design for a new medium.” Read more here.

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NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · January 27, 2011

Miller & Interstate in MoMA’s Collection

The Museum of Modern Art announced the acquisition of 23 new digital typefaces for its Architecture and Design Collection, including Font Bureau’s Miller by Matthew Carter and Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones.

This acquisition is significant because generally graphic design has not figured prominently in the museum’s focus and has been historically limited to posters. Recognizing this, the museum set out to correct what was considered “a lacuna in the collection,” according to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, and typefaces were identified among the new categories to be addressed. In fact, only one other ...

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PARKER TYPE HISTORY · January 24, 2011

Mike Parker’s Story of Type: Van den Keere

In this seventh installment the focus is on Hendrik van den Keere, the 16th-century Flemish punchcutter. Little could he have known that 400 years later a revival of his roman types would become the most widely used font for newspapers: Poynter Oldstyle, part of Font Bureau’s Readability Series.

II. Old Style Roman and Italic Typefaces (continued)

Hendrik van den Keere (Flemish, 1540/42–1580)

Also known as Henri du Tour, Van den Keere, like Robert Granjon, left forty sets of matrices in the Plantin-Moretus Museum. They center on a series of magnificent Flemish blackletter, the culmination of Gutenberg’s ...

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