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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New Release

Salvo Sans & Serif

“It’s a big font with a big personality — the x-height is enormous and it’s got a kind of cheerful bounce. I imagine it could be used anywhere you want to say something loudly,” explains Cyrus Highsmith of Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif (previously called Boomer).

Because of their roundness, the Salvos somewhat masquerade in the geometric category. But since they’re infused with all sorts of distinctive Highsmith qualities and not bound to neutrality, there’s a good bit of character — good rhythms, versatile weights and widths, snappy when set big in headlines, smooth and clear in smaller sizes. They’re a contemporary, lively workhorse with lots of exuberance.

The inspiration for the Salvos came about when Highsmith was working on the first retail release of Benton Sans, whose strength is its workhorse plainness. To counter that he came up with plenty of ideas to make for something less plain. He put them all into the Salvos.

He showed it to Courtney Murphy, then art director of AARP. She liked it a lot. Salvo Sans and later Salvo Serif were developed as a series for the redesigns of three AARP publications. Each of them needed to have their own identities while all having the same AARP look. It worked. So if you’re looking for booming and cheerful, the Salvos are sure to work for you.

30 Styles Each: Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, and Black, all with Italics, in Normal, Condensed, and Extra Condensed Widths.

Salvo Sans & Serif are available as OpenType fonts with both proportional and tabular figures plus arbitrary fractions.

More Salvo Sans & Serif: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/SalvoSans/
and http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/SalvoSerif/



Same time this year

Every year for many years, probably ever since Font Bureau started, we’ve had offsites. They started out as a once-a-year weekend gathering to some non-Boston locale to determine which fonts we’d be releasing in the coming year. We still gather once a year, usually now on Martha’s Vineyard, but do more than just look at fonts. We still do look at a lot of fonts, though.

Photos: http://type101.fontbureau.com/same-time-this-year/


We’ll Be There!

Lecturing and speaking at upcoming events that is. Cyrus Highsmith lectured at TDC’s Type Master’s Week in NYC and will lecture at the Barcelona Type & Design Workshop. He’ll be talking about thinking in contours. And about bézier curves. David Berlow wil speak at the Ampersand Web Typography Conference in the UK and at TypeCon in New Orleans about Adventures in Letterdrawing for Crude Media & Co that will entertain and educate the audience through three non-technical quests. Not to be missed.


AIGA Web Fonts Event

AIGA Boston, Font Bureau, and Monotype Imaging presented an evening focused on designing with web fonts to a sold-out audience at the NERD Center in Cambridge. Sam Berlow gave a visual tour of what you need to know about web fonts. Panelists David Berlow, Vladimir Levantovsky, Mike Swartz, and Scott Dasse chimed in with inspiring tales from their web fonts experience. David Berlow’s best line: “Hinting is describing an alphabet to something that can’t see. A computer can’t see.”

Recap & Photos: http://boston.aiga.org/discussion/2011/06/recap_designing.cfm


Awards & More Awards

In recent months, Mike Parker received the Type Director’s Club Medal and Matthew Carter received the 2011 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, both for their extraordinary and lifelong contributions to the field of typography. Not only have these gentlemen made the world better through type, they have brought wisdom, guidance, and amusement to all of us at Font Bureau over the years. We applaud and celebrate them both!

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/garden/cooper-hewitt-award-for-a-typeface-designer-currents.html?_r=1&hpw

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