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Category: Typography

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February 6, 2013

Typography is not about being safe.

Typography is about the imperfect balance between aesthetics, history, concept, and execution. Any one of these elements should make both the designer and the viewer uncomfortable at some level. If an instance of typography isn’t doing this, it is far too safe and must be avoided.

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

January 28, 2009

FontShop’d.

Many of my old Image Club typefaces — such as Schmutz — are currently owned and distributed by Monotype Imaging through various sites. Mr Coles was kind enough to point out that they’re now available through FontShop as well. I’ve always wanted to see my typefaces at FontShop. Unfortunately, since I created these fonts as … Read the rest of this item

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October 3, 2006

That showroom shine.

Well, adjust my tracking and call me Caslon. Adobe finally freshens up their languishing type products page, renaming it the Adobe Type Showroom. However, once again they’ve neglected to add any new typefaces in the process. The pimped-out, pop-up type browser interface is kinda nice, as is the Flash®-based OpenType tour, but where’s the stuff … Read the rest of this item

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August 9, 2006

Scheduling conflict.

They have some nerve scheduling the WWDC the exact same week as TypeCon this year. What were they thinking down in Cupertino? Don’t they realize that some of us folks love hobnobbing with the geekerati about upcoming operating systems and new Mac hardware just as much as rubbing elbows with the typographic cognoscenti? Apparently not. … Read the rest of this item

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November 28, 2005

More fog, less flab.

As promised, the mighty folks at Fontlab shipped Fontographer for Mac OS X. I will sound like an incurably desperate type geek when I say this, but… I can’t even begin to express my pleasure surrounding this event. I really can’t. There’s a discussion to peruse over at Typophile and a demo version to download … Read the rest of this item

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May 9, 2005

The Fontographer’s new clothes.

In a surprising bit of news, Fontlab Ltd. announced that as of today the veritable type design tool Fontographer has a new place to call home. Not only do the makers of the coincidentally named Fontlab software intend to support existing Fontographer users, they also plan on continuing development — at least to the point … Read the rest of this item

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September 27, 2003

Broadcasting live.

A big, warm hello from Vancouver and the ATypI conference. I just thought I would sneak in a quick post between sessions and let everyone know that the conference tracks are extremely fast-paced, the weather has been nothing but gorgeous, and the pre-configured bagged lunches are indeed quite edible. The type marketing panel discussion which … Read the rest of this item

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May 20, 2003

Pixel imperfect.

Since I first mentioned how I was tinkering with various OS X Finder settings to customize the views, I’ve had a few requests from viewers wanting to know what my windows looked like using 9 point aliased fonts. I’m reasonably happy with how the text labels look on the desktop, but the list and column … Read the rest of this item

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April 25, 2003

Photo-Lettering is in da House.

This is big. As big as a pen and ink rendering of an Ed Benguiat swash cap. When a supa-cool boutique font outfit nabs one of the most amazing old school, film-based type collections around, it’s big. Really big. Yep, House Industries purchased Photo-Lettering. How big? “Physically, the collection takes up about 350 cubic ft … Read the rest of this item

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April 26, 2001

Oh, the irony.

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