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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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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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SEEN AND NOTED · July 25, 2012

Brimfield

Ever wonder where your friend the typophile got all those cool letters to decorate their home? There are antique shops and flea markets everywhere, but nothing beats Brimfield. Even its websites are old-fashioned!

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SEEN AND NOTED · August 29, 2011

MAD Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy 50th Anniversary

As a little girl, I often perused my brother’s comics. X-Men, Tales from the Crypt, and MAD Magazine were just a few. One of my favorite pieces in MAD was Spy vs. Spy, where the Black and the White spies found interesting ways to kill each other. Cartoonish violence aside, I was always fascinated by their creativity. And I always rooted for the Black Spy.

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SEEN AND NOTED · July 22, 2011

Review of “Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century”

“I know this may look insane, but it works for me.”

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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“Letterpress is obsolete, that's what makes it valuable.”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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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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BEHIND THE SCENES, TYPE DESIGN · April 22, 2010

Thinking Green for Earth Day

My friend Joanna sent me an email a couple of weeks ago saying, “I heard a news blip this morning that I thought was sort of fascinating.” She went on to quote the news item about the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s decision to switch to Century Gothic as the default for all printed campus e-mails.

“You should design a ‘green’ font,” she urged.

I began to respond with a dissertation about how there are plenty of so-called “green” fonts already, but it got me thinking.

As some news articles have noted, most fonts that are light in weight or ...

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October 22, 2009

From Boston to Mexico City

Packing is almost done. My presentation is saved in about 40 different formats and 8 different places (one can never be too careful). Before I am technically awake on Sunday morning, I’ll be getting on a plane bound for Mexico City. I’m excited, and I can barely wait for ATypI: The Heart of the Letter to begin.

This promises to be one compelling conference. Web fonts are on top of everyone’s mind. David Berlow will be speaking about his experience with developing them in relation to designing agate fonts. Attendees will get a rare glimpse into the ...

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BEHIND THE SCENES · June 4, 2009

Kerning, Flow, and Music

Ah, kerning. The very thought fills my brain with endorphins. I don’t recall if I’ve met another typeface designer who likes it—at all. Some seem to tolerate it at the beginning, but they eventually grow to hate it. And yes, there are times I’ve gotten frustrated with it, but overall, kerning brings me a joy like no other.

The average designer may not realize that a knowledgeable typeface designer will look at every possible character combination to determine which kerning pairs must be added. Uppercase to uppercase, uppercase to lowercase, lowercase to punctuation, figures to punctuation ...

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