Type Network + Font Bureau

Font Bureau is a founding member of Type Network, a new model for type design, development, licensing, and use. Owned and operated by type designers, Type Network features a common catalog and shopping cart offering fonts from Font Bureau and other member foundries.

Font Bureau’s current licenses, with no changes to existing terms, are now served through Type Network.


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Ibis Text & Display

“It is maybe my most conventional typeface,” reflects Cyrus Highsmith, thinking back to what led him to draw Ibis. He had noticed in Font Bureau’s library that nearly all the Modern typefaces were of a 19th-century origin. “Ibis is also a Modern, but with a different flavor. It’s got a bit of Melior in it, along with a bit of Walbaum. I have to admit, those might not sound like great ingredients, but I like the result nevertheless.”

The result is a readable and versatile series with open interiors, slightly squared forms, and deliberate slab serifs in this deliciously upbeat Modern. Ibis Text and Display can be used together, or mixed with an industrial sans serif like Titling Gothic FB or Benton Sans, or paired with a slab serif like Giza or Dispatch. “The text also looks pretty cool at headline sizes — nice and chunky,” says Highsmith.

Ibis was a unique typographic adventure for Highsmith, and the font itself evokes a sense of the experimenter — one can imagine it used in a scientific trade magazine for rocket design, or for a cookbook with rich fusions of flavor.

12 Text Styles: Extra Light, Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, and Black, all with Small Caps and corresponding Italics.

36 Display Styles: Extra Light, Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, and Black, all with Small Caps and corresponding Italics in Normal, Condensed, and Compressed widths.

Ibis is Font Bureau’s first premium OpenType font with a full set of professional OT layout features and extended language support.

More Ibis: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/IbisText
and http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/IbisDisplay



Another May. Another Year.

Another annual Font Bureau offsite on Martha’s Vineyard came and went. It was a chance for us all to meet face-to-face again with our colleagues and collaborators and talk shop. We met to discuss what we did in the past year, strategize where we're going, and calibrate ourselves for the work ahead. While 2009 had its challenges, exciting new things lie ahead for 2010.

More: http://type101.fontbureau.com/another-may-another-year/


The Story of Type

We’re beginning a series of essays from the pen of Mike Parker, bringing together a narrative of type history and connecting the influences and effects throughout type’s organic evolution. On occasion, Parker also draws connections with Font Bureau’s library (naturally this is exciting for us to see!). We begin with an introduction, then on to Mesopotamia and Constantinople . . .

Read: http://type101.fontbureau.com/parker-type-history-1/


Typographic Goings-on in Denver

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.

More: http://woodtyper.com/1173

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