It was that familiar time of year again: the first weekend in May, when we all descend on Martha’s Vineyard for yet another offsite meeting. This year’s gathering included more than twenty of us — Font Bureau designers and staff, consultants, and type board.
There are two reasons why we have offsites — to socialize and to work. Since we’ve become a distributed work environment, it’s a chance for us to reconnect face-to-face with co-workers and to keep connected as a company. We review what we did in the past year, strategize where we’re going, and calibrate ...
We often hear “Why do we need more fonts?” One might also ask, “Why write another history of type?” Mike Parker suggests that Rookledge’s International Directory of Type Designers* has 90 percent of everything one needs in terms of factual information about type throughout history; but it lacks a narrative story of type and doesn’t connect the influences throughout type’s organic evolution.
Mike Parker was exposed firsthand to type history as an evolving story over the centuries when he worked at the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp in the mid 1950s, where he was charged with cataloging ...
June 15, 2010
Nick Sherman, who recently joined Font Bureau spent some time in Denver and reported on the goings-on there. Apparently it’s been a hotbed of activity related to typography and letterpress printing this month. The Pressed exhibit was a highlight, the documentary Typography was screened, and he was invited to speak on a panel discussing letterpress, type, and design. Check out his blog post on Woodtyper for more.
Rhode Island School of Design's new alumni magazine, RISD XYZ, just launched. The publication showcases the inspiring stories and accomplished work of RISD's alumni community. Chriswell Lappin of WellNow Design led the design, along with other contributing alumni, to give it not only a vibrant new look but also an exciting direction.
Best of all, much of the type is set in Antenna and Receiver, both designed by Cyrus Highsmith, a RISD alum himself (97 GD) and faculty member. The sans serif Antenna is the earlier design; Receiver is closely related, but with clear-cut slab serifs. His forthcoming ...
March 11, 2010
Web Fonts Panel
Saturday March 13, 9:30am, Ballroom B
Font Bureau’s David Berlow and Roger Black will be joined by Typekit’s Jeffrey Veen, Stephen Coles of FontShop/Typographica, and Bert Bos of W3C in what will surely be an engaging conversation about what we’ve all been waiting for. The time has come for web fonts.
Web Fonts Party
Sunday March 14, 6-9pm
Join the party at Shangri-la with our co-hosts Typekit, FontShop, and Webtype for chats on fonts, the web, and the future of of it all. We’ll have demos, a DJ, and drinks are on us (while tickets last)!
February 26, 2010
[Excerpted from HOW magazine's February 2010 issue, used with permission from the author and publisher.]
Who says the serif is dead? Type expert Allan Haley bucks the sans serif trend, with a look at seven versatile new serif fonts you can add to your type wardrobe. One of them is David Jonathan Ross's Trilby.
Reversed-Stressed Slab Serif
David Jonathan Ross has had a long-standing affinity for the French Clarendon type style. One of his earlier designs, Manicotti, takes the style to its extreme. He said he reveled in exaggerating the "wagon-rut" tracks of horizontal weight distribution. In his ...
The month of January typically sees many “Best Of . . .” reflections on the year just past. John Boardley over at the I Love Typography blog has recently added his own personal Favourite Fonts of 2009 to the mix. Heading up his list is FB’s Trilby by David Jonathan Ross.
There’s no actual significance to the order, but we’re pleased to have landed a top spot anyway. And Trilby is in good company: It’s a wonderfully eclectic and tasteful gathering of fonts.
Read more by John Boardley.
On its recently redesigned website, the Society for News Design (SND) asked FB co-founder Roger Black to talk about what’s ahead for visual communication in the 2010s. They present his observations in both transcript and video webcast format. Read/watch the interview at snd.org.
January 19, 2010
Today, Matthew Carter is overseeing the re-working and expansion of the Verdana and Georgia font families, with David Berlow of The Font Bureau leading the effort ... read more at macworld.com.
“At ATypI in Mexico City Stephen Coles broached the topic of kerning with Dyana Weissman of The Font Bureau, one of the few type designers who claims to actually enjoy the tedious task of assigning thousands of kern pairs to each font. She explains the difference between kerning and spacing, why it should be done by hand, and the mystical concept of flow.”
Watch it here on The FontFeed.