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The history of the Times New Roman typeface
By Joel Alas
“The release of Starling in June presented not just a new font, but a challenge to the accepted history of one of the most widely used typefaces in the world. And after a lifetime spent in typography, Parker was well aware of the controversy he was getting involved in: typography may present a genteel exterior, but it’s an art form punctuated by bitter rivalries and rampant plagiarism.” Read more...
July 15, 2009 - Boston
With 1994’s foundation of the World wide Web and the release of the first graphical web browsers, and until 2006, unique typographic identities on the web could only be attained by converting, or rendering, outline font data into graphics, and posting the graphic. Browser developers set the default fonts of their products to fonts found on the OS each browser was made for, and this combination of pre-rendered and OS-rendered default fonts was how web typography was done. The OS, though they can handle all the fonts required for any design purpose, have been counting ...
June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009 - Boston.
The Palm® Pre™ is already selling out — after great reviews. The revolutionary new user interface is enhanced by new fonts from the Font Bureau.
This past weekend’s notable release of the Palm Pre also saw the debut of custom fonts developed especially for the Pre by the Font Bureau.
To build a unique visual experience for the Pre user, Palm commissioned a suite of fonts from the Font Bureau, a type foundry noted for its many custom designs for major publications and corporations. The fonts, named Prelude, were designed by Font Bureau co-founder David Berlow ...
Talking Type with Rolf Rehe
A shepherd with no favorite sheep
“The American type designer David Berlow is the creator of ITC Franklin, which we use in this issue of Design Journal. This is another in a series of interviews with type designers, focusing on how they approach their work.”
The Society for News Design’s Quarterly Journal
No. 108 & 109, Fall/Winter 2009
Download PDF of the interview (4MB)
Real Fonts on the Web: An Interview with The Font Bureau’s David Berlow
by Jeffrey Zeldman, David Berlow
April 21, 2009
“Is there life after Georgia? We ask David Berlow, co-founder of The Font Bureau, Inc, and the first TrueType type designer, how type designers and web designers can work together to resolve licensing and technology issues that stand between us and real fonts on the web.”
This past weekend, May 1st through the 3rd, we gathered for our annual offsite meeting -- a chance for the whole FB team to get together in one location. Once again this year, the tribe descended on Martha’s Vineyard, home to our peerless leaders, both David and Sam (for a little while longer, anyway).
The gathering consists of FB staff, consultants & “extended family,” and wise counsel (i.e., Matthew Carter ;-). It’s a once-a-year opportunity to get everyone together in the same place at the same time -- a time for a little reflection and a little projection: reviewing sales figures, discussing trends and opportunities, sharing recent accomplishments, and forging ...
May 5, 2009
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.
”With the increasing number of typefaces entering the market these days, more and more type designers are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve. In light of this, I thought it would be interesting to reach out to one of the younger designers over at the Font Bureau whose name might not be as well known (yet), and get some insights into her process, the industry and all things letter-centric.” Guest Editorial by Christian Palino
Read the interview on Speak Up with Dyana Weissman.
NEW TYPE ·
December 18, 2008
Font Bureau announces the release of six new and expanded typefaces from our drawing studio: Whitman Display, Whitman, Benton Sans, Zócalo Text, Zócalo Banner and Zócalo Display.
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Classical Traits with a Spartan Finish
Drawing inspiration from W.A. Dwiggins and Eric Gill, book designer Kent Lew blended classical design traits with a crisp, spartan finish to create the original Whitman. In 2004, Monica Moses saw even greater potential and commissioned headline styles for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, noting that “it’s intelligent-looking without being aloof, fussy, or snooty.” Expanded further for Fortune magazine and ...
NEW TYPE ·
September 15, 2008
Font Bureau is pleased to announce the release of three new typefaces from our drawing studio: Benton Modern Display, Rocky & ITC Franklin!
BENTON MODERN DISPLAY
All Grown Up
Benton Modern Text was first prepared by Font Bureau for the Boston Globe and the Detroit Free Press. Design and proportions were taken from M.F. Benton’s turn-of-the-century Century Expanded, drawn for ATF, faithfully reviving this epoch-making magazine and news text roman. The italic was based on Century Schoolbook. These new display cuttings were prepared by Dyana Weissman and Richard Lipton.
36 Styles: Light, Regular, Semibold and Bold in Normal, Condensed ...