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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.


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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NEWS · January 18, 2011

Annyeonghaseyo

If you can read that, you might enjoy this interview with me at Font Club.


NEWS, TYPE DESIGN, WEB FONTS · December 27, 2010

An Extraordinary Year

What an extraordinary year in type and typography. And I am certainly not likely to be alone in observing this. After a decade and a half of struggle, “web fonts” finally took off and ran smack dab into issues of rendering, metadata, and licensing, while also running right through various font formats and cross-platform output-equivalence issues without stopping for a chat.

Font designers, web programmers, server specialists, standards organizations, applications developers, and psychologists swelled the ranks of great people who are now focused on issues like: networked, multi-platform, dynamic typography and layout; auto-hinting for rasterization across operating systems; and my ...

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BEHIND THE SCENES, NEWS · December 22, 2010

Some New Dimension for Fortune

Earlier this year, Fortune magazine launched a new redesign featuring a new logo drawn by Cyrus Highsmith.

Just recently, Fortune’s creative director John Korpics came back to us to commission a special version of that logo to add some depth to the cover of Fortune’s annual investment issue. He was looking to capture some of the complexity and dimensionality of old banknotes, but without straying from the logo’s strong, contemporary look.

Cyrus had started some 3D sketches while designing the original logo, so I had a great place to jump off from. That meant I was left ...

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NEWS · December 21, 2010

Fonts In Use Launched!

Fonts In Use will catalog and examine real-world typography. From the editor: “So much of design critique is focused on graphics and photography. It’s time to shed light on the most basic element of communication: the type. At Fonts In Use we’ll catalog and examine real-world typography wherever it appears — branding, advertising, signage, packaging, publications, in print and online — with an emphasis on the typefaces used.” Read on...

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NEWS · December 21, 2010

sketchbooks

R Crumb said he traded one of his sketchbooks for a house in the south of France. I haven't had offers like that for any of my sketchbooks but I was very proud to contribute a few pages to Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. I received a copy yesterday. I am impressed with the diverse selection of sketchbook pages from some very talented people including Laurie Rosenwald, Scott Stowell, and many others. It’s a great book. Also, please get in touch if you have a house ...

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NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · November 4, 2010

iLT: Reviving Caslon

Part 2: Readability, Affability, Authority

On the i love typography blog, William Berkson, designer of Williams Caslon Text, posts part two of Reviving Caslon. He begins, “When their words are put into print, writers want the text to be inviting and welcoming, so that readers will read what they have written. And they also want the text to have an aura of credibility, so it will be taken seriously and maybe even accepted.” Read more...

[read Part 1: The Snare of Authenticity]

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NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · October 6, 2010

Slab Happy: Trilby Reviewed by Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw reviews Trilby in an article for Print magazine. “Although the sans serif was originally a bastard offspring of the slab serif, the latter has been copying the former for the past 80 years, and Trilby by David Jonathan Ross continues this trend.” Read more...