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Climbing Everest


“Designing Zapfino Arabic takes everything I ever learned about type design and then some… Have never, ever, worked on anything this challenging.” — Facebook status: Oct.

Notes on the first Books Printed in Italy


In my recent article on The First Book Printed in Italy, I introduce the first books printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz in the Subiaco monastery complex in the Sabine hills to the west of Rome from 1465.

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we make Helvetica cookies, tumble for ligatures, uncover a longstanding typesetting mistake by the New York Times, ponder typefaces for cities, get reacquainted with ASCII art, prognosticate about responsive fonts of the future, get to know font designer Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero, talk about […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

Murder in Italic


Most will be familiar with the name Francesco Griffo, born in Bologna in 1450, and forever associated with the Venetian printer-publisher Aldus Manutius for whom he designed and cut roman, Greek, and the first italic fonts.

Making Fonts: GT Sectra


GT Sectra is a serif typeface combining the calligraphic influence of the broad nib pen with the sharpness of the scalpel.

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we delve into endangered alphabets, examine the best book covers of 2014, revisit Æsop’s fables, ponder automotive text interfaces, salivate over chocolate typography, greet the new Swedish national typeface, lament a famous neon sign, review Chip Kidd teaching kids about graphic design, and much […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

The first Bible set in roman type


Sweynheym and Pannartz are credited with introducing printing to Italy via their press at the monastery of Santa Scolastica at Subiaco, outside of Rome in 1465.

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we dip our toes into some controversial typographic decision making over at Apple; we talk about typography as a societal problem solver (or not); we discuss the evolution of emoji and the invention of the octothorpe; we show you type made out of hands, […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

Notes on the first Italic


St. Catherine, bad feet, & the first italic Whenever we think about the invention of the italic typeface we invariably think of the year 1501, when the italic type, commissioned by Aldus Manutius and cut by Griffo, was employed to set a new series of small pocket books, firat published in 1501.

Letters in Wonderhand


Although I’m always dealing with letters in my work, embarking on a type design project is rather the exception.

New Fonts 1


It’s been a good couple of months for font releases. And there are many more than I could list here (and many more that I am, unfortunately, blissfully unaware of).

This Month In Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we learn some important typographic pronunciations, figure out how to work with layered web fonts, watch Mark Simonson talk about offset lithography, revisit the 1970 New York City Transit Authority graphics standards manual, see what medieval scribes were doodling in the margins of their […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters


Friday evening, September 19th. We are in Barcelona at the annual ATypI conference. The last session of the day is winding down – Building the perfect what?

Why A Better OpenType User Interface Matters


Friday evening, September 19th. We are in Barcelona at the annual ATypI conference. The last session of the day is winding down – Building the perfect what?

Better UI for Better Typography


Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for type The introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire.

Better UI for Better Typography


Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for type The introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire.

The First Female Typographer


In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920).

The First Female Typographer


In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social echelons were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920).

This Week in Fonts


A contemporary family from Commercial Type, a connected script by Lián Types, an ambitious sans from Hoftype, a roughed up family by Fontfabric, a hard-working serif from House Industries, a sophisticated sans by Typetanic, a historical stencil face from Storm, and an expressive family by Andinistas.

This Week in Fonts


A contemporary family from Commercial Type, a connected script by Lián Types, an ambitious sans from Hoftype, a roughed up family by Fontfabric, a hard-working serif from House Industries, a sophisticated sans by Typetanic, a historical stencil face from Storm, and an expressive family by Andinistas.


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