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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FB Alix

“Making every letter the same width is the mother of all design constraints,” says Matthew Butterick. “So when I see a well-made monospaced font, it’s like watching a magician do a really cool card trick.” In this case, the magician is Butterick himself with this new monospaced font family, FB Alix. The charm of FB Alix is that it’s not just another typewriter face — there are true cursive italics (with some lively swash cap variants), both lining and oldstyle figures, and optional proportional alternates for more conventional text setting. And best of all, FB Alix has plenty of verve.

How did he pull it off? He took monospacing seriously and went back to the source: a vintage IBM Selectric typewriter — in particular, a type ball called Prestige, which he used as the basis for the roman, and another called Light Italic for, well, the italic. Butterick noted that the characters were full of oddball details, which he chose not to sanitize too much for his designs. This gives FB Alix its distinctive spirit and a certain quirky, retro tone.

But nothing is lost in readability. The impressive trick was Butterick’s mastery in making small adjustments to just a few of the most awkward glyphs in order to create the option for a more customary typefitting, while still appearing authentically typewriterish. So, if you want a typewriter face that goes beyond mere nostalgia, then FB Alix belongs in your bag of tricks.

4 Styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic
FB Alix is available as OpenType fonts with both lining and oldstyle figures, plus stylistic alternates.

More FB Alix: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/AlixFB/



Mike Parker’s Story of Type: Plantin et. al.

This eighth installment is as much about printers in the late 16th century as it is about the punchcutters. The Plantin-Moretus Museum, the famous printing house mentioned in earlier installments, finally comes to life with its founder, Christopher Plantin. The inventories from the Le Bé type foundry in Paris illuminate the two de Sanlecques, father and son, and shed light on other notables in type history, until we're finally led to the underpinnings of David Berlow’s Eldorado.

More: http://type101.fontbureau.com/mike-parkers-story-type-8/


MoMA’s New Acquisition: Fonts!

Font Bureau’s Miller and Interstate fonts are now part of the MoMA’s new collection of digital typefaces. This is big news considering that the only other typeface previously in the museum’s collection was Helvetica from 1956. These and 21 other digital typefaces will all be on display from March 2nd in the installation Standard Deviations.

Read: http://www.fontbureau.com/news/2011/01/miller-interstate-momas-collection/

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