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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“It started when I took a road trip across the country, where I found myself taking second glances at signs painted with hand-lettered sans serifs that I passed along the way,” David Jonathan Ross recalls. That inspiration was a style of vernacular lettering popular in the early 20th century, the so-called “thick-and-thin” style often seen on period storefronts and signage and also employed on some American Art Deco architectural and monumental inscriptions.

Condor is notable for its distinctly flattened horizontal curves and wide-open apertures, giving it a squarish, contemporary feeling. Ross also points out, “while Trilby is about subtle amounts of horizontal stress, Condor is about extreme amounts of vertical stress. Condor is really an extension of the same experiment of exploring possibilities using thick-thin contrast.”

Ross developed an underlying structure which lends itself to a broad stylistic range. Condor shows best big. The lighter weights glimmer. The heaviest weights pack a good wallop. The darker condensed and compressed styles evoke an urbane quality. The bolder wider italic styles convey an extreme-sports kind of speed. And in all-caps, Condor retains some of the monumental quality of its sources, with slight Deco undertones.

60 Styles: Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, and Black, all with Italics in Compressed, Condensed, Normal, Wide, and Extended widths.
Condor is available as OpenType fonts with stylistic alternates, layout features, and extended language support.

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



Happy Holidays

As we approach the end of 2010, Font Bureau would like to wish everyone a very festive holiday season! Thank you to our partners, collaborators, clients, and customers for a wonderfully grand year. We launched Webtype and Ready-Media, released a record number of new typefaces, and saw many of our fonts in new designs, devices and apps with a global reach. We couldn’t do what we did without you and look forward to 2011!



After last year’s successful launch of our Spanish-language news print piece, we decided to create an updated English edition. This 12-page tabloid features Webtype and Ready-Media; new, upcoming, and custom typefaces; project profiles of prominent publication designers; and an article about words and paragraphs from Cyrus Highsmith. Get a free paper copy of Interlinea mailed to you or receive a free PDF download!

Here: http://www.fontbureau.com/books/interlinea/


The Story of Type: Augereau et al.

Mike Parker continues the story to early 16th century in France. French type design was influenced by the Italian Renaissance (especially the work of Aldus Manutius) but eventually evolved to have its own distinct character. Augereau was among the early founders to start the trend, while Garamont’s roman types became the best known. Jannon’s types are most infamous for being mistaken for Garamont’s in the 19th century. And Granjon elevated the French oldstyle forms to new levels of vitality.

Read: http://type101.fontbureau.com/parker-type-history-6/

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