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NEWS · May 5, 2009

Font Bureau Fonts in Typographica’s Favorites of 2008

Zócalo, Benton Modern Display, ITC Franklin, and Rocky were all selected in Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2008. In the words of Nick Sherman “...it’s significant that the ever-increasing quality in type design these days — dubbed by some as the new “golden age” of type — has caused this year’s list to supersede previous lists in many ways.”

Dyana Weissman was also invited to review Lakeside by Mark Simonson.

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NEWS, TYPE DESIGN · March 2, 2009

Snow day!

Residents of the eastern coast of the United States, where Font Bureau is located, are being warned to stay inside today because of a blizzard. I am going out to play. But for those of you still here and looking for typographic fun, here are 2 links.

José Ramón Penela has made a very good spanish translation of my article about the em. Go here to hone your linguistic and typographic knowledge all at once.

Also, there is a new interview by Jan Middendorp with me at myfonts.

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NEWS · January 28, 2009

Font Specimens

Salve Regina Univeristy and the Rhode Island regional chapter of the AIGA have organized an exhibit called Font Specimens: A Collection of Fonts Provided by Font Bureau. I’ll also be giving a lecture at the university on Thursday, February 5.

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NEWS · December 3, 2008

On the Road

Talking about drawing…

I think Ben Shahn spoke for many artists and designers when he said, “I am a painter. I am not a lecturer about art nor a scholar of art. It is my chosen role to paint pictures, not to talk about them.”

But what artist or designer can resist the chance ramble on about their work?

I can’t. In October, I gave a talk at Design Fest 2008 in Guadalajara, México. Then in November, I spoke at Northeastern University in Boston. Same talk, different language. It was a nice break from routine.

Still, trying to express ...

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NEWS · November 11, 2008

Word and picture show!

I will do a lecture in Boston next week. Come check it out.

6pm Tuesday, November 18th

Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University


NEWS · August 6, 2008

Notes from Type Camp Galiano

Just a couple pictures from TypeCamp today. I gave a lecture on being a typeface designer

and we handed out the specimen books. The campers loved ‘em.

—Dyana Weissman, Staff Designer

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NEWS · May 29, 2008

Type Camp Galiano

Ahhh, the weather in Boston is finally warming up, and I’m starting to think about my summer plans. What I’m most excited about is spending 5 days and nights on an idyllic island off the coast of British Columbia, getting some color into my pale New England skin. Whether it’s from swimming, hiking, or just relaxing in the Cascadian sun. And most importantly, talking and making type with other font fanatics. You can come too; I’m not just randomly bragging.

I’ll be co-instructing at Type Camp Galiano this year, and I can barely wait. Not ...

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NEWS · May 21, 2008

One-Line Type Specimens Third Edition

As previously mentioned here, Font Bureau was just on Martha’s Vineyard, without me. While discussing the future of fonts, I envisioned them sucking oyster juices from their type-designing fingers and munching on a particular kind of joy known as Humphrey’s sandwiches. Elsewhere, I was off-island in Wilmington, Massachussets at Kirkwood Printing on press check with my fifth cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand. Font Bureau’s new One-Line Type Specimens Third Edition was chugging away on their 4-color Mitsubishi.

At hour 32 the nightshift pressman returned and asked Did you go home?

No, but your couch is ...

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NEWS · April 8, 2008

Нужно ли нам больше шрифтов?

Zahar Yashchin has posted a Russian translation of a version my essay “No, There Are Not Enough Typefaces Already” published in the Type Directors Club winter 2008 publication, Letterspace.

Thanks to Maxim Zhukov for making the connections.

I like how it looks in Cyrillic.

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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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