July 2017

Month

Kakadu

Designing something directly on a computer, like many people do these days, risks letting the computer dictate the forms of the thing you design. It’s easier to draw a ...
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Grifo

We are in a period in which media — both digital and print — is thriving, offering new opportunities for editorial typeface design. Helvetica/Futura and Bodoni/Didot — archetypal magazine faces — are increasingly challenged by numerous contenders, ...
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Di Mare

As a type designer who is currently landlocked in the middle of the United States, I have moments of envy when I scroll through Instagram and come across square ...
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Scientia

I recently made an amazing discovery: the portfolio of Natalia Vasilyeva, whose latest typeface release, Scientia (PDF), calls for scientific work in more ways than one.* She may not be ...
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Gintronic

You know what really sucks? Coding for hours only to realize you’re using a terrible monospace font that shoots lightning bolts of tension through your forehead. You know why ...
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Prismaset

There are more exciting tasks than digitizing someone else’s designs. Staying faithful to the original can be limiting; as a result, many typeface revivals are empty vessels, adding little ...
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The Pyte Foundry

This is not a typical typeface review. It’s a review of a whole foundry. I don’t know why I took it upon myself to review fifty-two typefaces instead of ...
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Dunbar

Although a renaissance of geometric sans serifs has been underway for the past several years, two of the original classics experienced rebirth only recently. Kabel and Erbar-Grotesk have always ...
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Confettis Braille

The Braille FAQ, featuring Confettis. 1.01 Why do we need another Braille font? If you’ve ever brought up the subject of fonts at a party, a couple of things’ve ...
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Lubaline

Maximiliano Sproviero is a skilled young type designer specializing in script and display typefaces, some with a distinctly ’70s vibe. He has even done a pitch-perfect ’70s script typeface ...
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Kufam

Kufam Arabic first grabbed my attention through its varied horizontal rhythm. While many contemporary interpretations of so-called Kufic tend to present prevailingly narrow letters, Kufam pleasantly alternates between narrow ...
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TwoPlus

Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir told an interviewer not long ago that they think of themselves not as type designers, but as designers who make type. I understand wanting ...
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Bickham Script Pro 3

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years looking at the engraved copybooks of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writing masters. My primary interest is the formal roman ...
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Totentanz

With every typeface he designs, Yoann Minet’s self-imposed mission is to question well-established design principles instead of deliberately breaking them. Prime examples of this ethos from the French designer’s ...
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Bely

What first struck me about Roxane Gataud’s Bely is how it combines plain rectangular slabs on the bottoms of its letterforms with sharp triangular serifs on top. I would ...
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Neue Kabel

By the time my first draft for this review hit the 300-word mark, I noticed that I’d used up all my space just writing about Karl Klingspor (1868–1950). So ...
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Neue Kabel

By the time my first draft for this review hit the 300-word mark, I noticed that I’d used up all my space just writing about Karl Klingspor (1868–1950). So ...
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Chap

My favorite thing to encounter in a new typeface is a remix of old ideas into a new, witty take. Chap does just that thing; it references old broad-nib ...
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Chap

My favorite thing to encounter in a new typeface is a remix of old ideas into a new, witty take. Chap does just that thing; it references old broad-nib ...
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Operator

Early mechanical typewriters were pre-digital engineering marvels. These machines produced crude typography: all letters had to be the same width (or “pitch”). So narrow letters occupied the same space ...
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Operator

Early mechanical typewriters were pre-digital engineering marvels. These machines produced crude typography: all letters had to be the same width (or “pitch”). So narrow letters occupied the same space ...
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Stratos

Again and again, I find myself returning to Production Type for my font needs. The foundry’s work fits the bill on a technical level. The typefaces are legible and ...
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Stratos

Again and again, I find myself returning to Production Type for my font needs. The foundry’s work fits the bill on a technical level. The typefaces are legible and ...
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Pathos

What are serifs? When I first started looking at type, I thought of serifs as decorative additions to letters, intended to lend some finish and distinctiveness to the design. ...
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Pathos

What are serifs? When I first started looking at type, I thought of serifs as decorative additions to letters, intended to lend some finish and distinctiveness to the design. ...
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Garalda

I liked Garalda immediately. It’s an attractive interpretation of the French Renaissance style by Xavier Dupré, who’s a strong enough talent to make something special of it and distinguish ...
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Garalda

I liked Garalda immediately. It’s an attractive interpretation of the French Renaissance style by Xavier Dupré, who’s a strong enough talent to make something special of it and distinguish ...
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Baloo

Baloo is a big deal. As far as I know, it’s the world’s first display typeface family to render the ten* most-used Indic writing systems in one cohesive style. ...
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Baloo

Baloo is a big deal. As far as I know, it’s the world’s first display typeface family to render the ten* most-used Indic writing systems in one cohesive style. ...
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29LT Zarid

One of the biggest challenges in design is creating a balance between two opposing forces and sustaining that opposition, that spirit of yin and yang, throughout a design’s development. 29LT ...
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29LT Zarid

One of the biggest challenges in design is creating a balance between two opposing forces and sustaining that opposition, that spirit of yin and yang, throughout a design’s development. 29LT ...
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