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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Williams Caslon Text

“You can’t tell a lie in Caslon,” goes the adage. Historian James Mosley has added, “or was it that you won’t get caught?” Whatever the case, Caslon is both uniquely welcoming and authoritative, which makes it desirable to writers (who want their works to be both read and believed) and to publishers (who want the works read, whether or not they’re believed).

Caslon has always been a favorite because it is also tops in reading comfort for extended text. The original metal fonts hit a sweet spot with just the right contrast, weight, width, and amount of letter space to achieve a distinctive, dark yet open look at text sizes. The problem had been that there wasn’t a good version of Caslon with all these characteristics. That was enough to get William Berkson interested in taking up the task.

Berkson’s approach to the revival was to capture the qualities he admired, rather than striving for strict authenticity, and Williams Caslon Text decidedly captures that unique feeling. Perhaps we will soon hear the resurrection of another favorite Caslon adage: “When in doubt, use Caslon — Williams Caslon.”

4 Text Styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic, all with Small Caps.

Williams Caslon is provided as premium OpenType fonts with a full set of professional OT layout features and extended language support.

Read William Berkson’s article about the making of Williams Caslon Text: http://ilovetypography.com/ 2010/07/26/reviving-caslon-the-snare-of-authenticity/

More: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/WilliamsCaslonText/



TypeCon2010: We'll be there!

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) again presents its annual letter/type/design fest, this year descending on Los Angeles to take on web fonts; explore antique type in textiles; Disneyland lettering; the work of Jim Rimmer; graduate level type design in the US, and more. Font Bureau is proud to be a continuing sponsor for the annual event, and a few of us will be there to take in the fun. Join us at the opening night cocktail reception and get ahead with “The Future of Typography,” Roger Black’s keynote presentation. Have a font worth looking at? Matthew Carter offers his assessment at the Type Critiques.

More: http://www.typecon.com/calendar.php


The Story of Type: Gutenberg

This second installment of Mike Parker’s Story of Type is a continuation of the first chapter, I. Roots of Western Letterforms & Typography. In the previous installment we started in Mesopotamia to add context for the development of the alphabet, and then on to Constantinople where we saw the beginnings of the characters we use today. Now we leap to the 15th century, with Gutenberg’s invention of movable type.

Read: http://type101.fontbureau.com/parker-type-history-2/

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