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Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2


Nowadays, with tens of thousands of fonts available, we are accustomed to a great variety of letterforms.

ILT 2015


Way back in 2007, while living in rural Japan, I created ILT. I remember its birth with supreme clarity.

The Last Word on Helvetica?


Perhaps this article should have ended at the question mark in its title. And by the end of it, you may well concur.

The Pattern Project


Basically, two things came together. First: I am fascinated by the mesmerizing richness of detail of medieval initials.

Making Fonts: Essonnes


Like a tiny seed growing into a giant tree or a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis — type design isn’t!

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we dust off our LPs for typographic inspiration, listen to wise words from Milton Glaser, congratulate several award winners, hear from a bunch of type designers, discuss the gender gap in type design, examine the epistemology of typefaces, write a dissertation without punctuation, celebrate new typographic identities from Renault and Volkswagen, talk about font rentals, play drums by typing, and much more!

Alphabets of Wood


A Review by David Wolske In his foreword to the 2010 Liber Apertus Press reissue of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type 1828–1900, David Shields wrote: Forty years on, Kelly’s seminal work remains a giant on whose shoulders we stand.

Type Design Week


ISIA Urbino Type Design Week 2015with Fred Smeijers and Eric KindelPeriod: July 20–24, 2015Deadline: May 29 About the school ISIA Type Design Week is a one week intensive summer course in type design and lettering held at the ISIA – the High Institute for Applied Arts of Urbino.

Making Fonts: SINDELAR


By Stefan Willerstorfer “Finally I found what I have been looking for – this typeface suits the specific requirements of my project: balanced proportions, space saving and very legible in small sizes.

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we examine the art and science of crafting fonts, wonder about the future of libraries in the digital age, discuss the future of graphic design, delve into the history of curly letters of Amsterdam, talk with experts about the recent hand-lettering boom, research the […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

Print Imperfect: from N to Z


Over the past couple of years I have been researching and writing a book about the fifteenth-century German printer, Erhard Ratdolt.

The First Printers’ Mark


The very first printers’ mark or printers’ device dates back almost to the very beginning of Western typography.

This Month in Typography


Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we fish type out of the Thames, explore printed dance notation, get ready for an intensive type design program in Paris, light a book-scented candle, look into a mid-century ad man’s desk book, gaze adoringly at typographic embroidery, pay tribute to Aldus Manutius, watch […] Sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

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.


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