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A Revival for Our Times. In 1904 William Starling Burgess, gifted American polymath, drew his second type for Lanston Monotype, designated Lanston No. 54. A few years later, Burgess would abandon type for a distinguished career designing experimental aircraft, racing yachts, and the Dymaxion automobile.
The type languished for decades until Frank Hinman Pierpont, American head of the British Monotype factory, passed on proofs of the design to Stanley Morison, who was developing a new roman for The Times of London. Mike Parker found the original drawings, now housed at the Smithsonian Institution, to be superior and prepared the Starling series for Font Bureau.
Starling offers a pair of tuned text romans, one following the weight of the original capitals, the other the weight of the lowercase. Italics are based on study of Burgess’ preliminary sketches for five lowercase characters. From the text, Parker has developed four display weights, expanding the usefulness of this familiar design into brand new territory. All fonts are complete with small caps.
12 Styles: Book, Roman, Bold, Heavy, Black, and Ultra; all with Italics and including Small Caps.
Available as full-featured OpenType fonts with small caps and both oldstyle & lining figures.
Read the Financial Times interview with Mike Parker about Starling: http://fontbureau.com/
More Starling: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Starling
NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
Matthew Carter: Genuine Imitations
In a lecture delivered at St Bride Library in London in May, and again at the TDC in New York in early September, Matthew Carter outlined his views on type revivals. A number of Carter’s designs have been based on historical types, Big Caslon and Miller among them. His revivals have varied in faithfulness to their models, uncovering issues about degrees of interpretation, adaptations to current technology, and the responsibilities of designers who work with traditional forms. Carter will be speaking again on this topic at the DesignThinkers conference in Toronto in November.
Online Review: http://ilovetypography.com/2009/06/03/
Atlanta in July — TypeCon 2009: Rhythm
A few Font Bureau folks appeared on stage at this year’s TypeCon gathering in Atlanta. General manager Sam Berlow sat on a panel entitled “Mentoring in the Type Community,” sharing about the value of interns and hands-on learning at the Font Bureau. Contributing type designer Kent Lew was moderator for an informative panel on “Web Font Embedding: The New State of the Debate.” An audio recording of this discussion has been posted on the TypeCon Talk blog.
FB at SND: Hemispheres/Hemisferios
Once again, Font Bureau will be a corporate sponsor at the annual conference of SND (The Society for News Design). This year’s summit, entitled Hemispheres/Hemisferios, will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept 24–26. Font Bureau will be unveiling a new Spanish-language promotional piece, Interlínea, designed by DaniloBlack Inc. This 12-page tabloid features articles by Roger Black and Cyrus Highsmith, project profiles of prominent publication designers, and examples of recent custom typefaces and upcoming releases.
SND Program: http://www.sndbue09.com/eng/evento.php
One Thousand Fonts
More than 30 Font Bureau typefaces are included in 1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface. (Hey, 3% ain't bad!) This handy guide from Chronicle Books displays each typeface in its entirety, with real-world examples of the fonts in use. Supported by extensive resources and cross-referencing, this 512-page volume offers designers yet another tool to help find the perfect face for the job.
© 2009 The Font Bureau, Inc.