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"He saw the type designer as a kind of public servant"

It’s easy to talk about Adrian Frutiger in the past tense, since his most influential fonts – Univers, Egyptienne, and the eponymous Frutiger – are all at least thirty years old. But he is still alive, and in the summer of 2006, as he was presented with the Society for Typographic Aficionados’ annual Typography Award, type designer Mark Simonson gave a presentation on how Frutiger [pdf, 18 MB] affected, and continues to affect, him and all others who benefit from good typography.
posted by tepidmonkey on Oct 3, 2007 - 14 comments

 

Type in the Toronto Subway

Inscribed in the living tile: Type in the Toronto subway by Joe Clark [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Sep 16, 2007 - 62 comments

TypoWiki

Fontfilter -- ever wondered what font a logo uses? Wonder no more. (site's in German but the chart is simple--there's also a reversed one, by font instead of by company)
posted by amberglow on May 29, 2007 - 14 comments

Gems of 19th and early 20th century penmanship

Gems of Penmanship, Penman's Leisure Hour, Ninety-five Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, The Champion Method of Practical Business Writing and other Rare Books on Calligraphy and Penmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Lots of neat tidbits. [via mlarson.org]
posted by mediareport on Feb 24, 2007 - 12 comments

Misprinted Type

Misprinted Type.
posted by hama7 on Oct 23, 2006 - 22 comments

An open letter to John Warnock

An open letter to John Warnock. "Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
posted by DrJohnEvans on Aug 30, 2006 - 53 comments

Type, handwriting, and lettering

Type, handwriting, and lettering
posted by persona non grata on Aug 20, 2006 - 17 comments

Re: Your Brains

Spelling with zombies.
posted by EarBucket on Aug 16, 2006 - 35 comments

The unstoppable Herr Reichel

Hans Reichel (previously) is a man of many talents. His own site (flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts. The mixing board shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 3, 2006 - 6 comments

Sub-Pixel Rendering

How Sub-Pixel Rendering Works: a method of anti-aliasing, sub-pixel rendering (or ClearType as Microsoft calls it) exploits the fact that pixels on LCD screens are actually made up of three sub-pixels: red, blue, and green. By constructing fonts using the sub-pixels, the results are arguably smoother lines and easier-to-read type. Sadly (or happily) CRTs benefit little, if at all, from the technology.
posted by falconred on Feb 28, 2006 - 33 comments

fonted bookend

Typographica's Favorite Fonts of 2005
posted by plexi on Dec 29, 2005 - 13 comments

Cheap Pixel Fonts

The Pixel Plant offers 150 Pixel Fonts for between Free and 45 cents each.
posted by dobbs on Oct 22, 2005 - 7 comments

Not My Type

Not My Type - An office and its occupants, made entirely of typographic characters, create a theatre of emotion. View the separate animations (Flash) 1, 2, 3 and 4. Also, visit an article on the work's concept development and storyboarding process. And there's more via Google.
posted by sjvilla79 on Aug 16, 2005 - 11 comments

Gothic tales

Gothic fonts, aka Blackletter, aka Fraktur are often associated with Nazi propaganda these days. And indeed, at the beginning the Nazis encouraged their use...that is, until, in one of the most bizarre decrees of the Third Reich, Hitler declared them "non-German" and even "Jewish" and banned them with immediate effect. Funny thing is, Fraktur would take its vengeance on Hitler fans forty years later... (And before any typographic pedant points it out, yes, I know Fraktur is a subdivision of the Gothic/Blackletter family of fonts)
posted by Skeptic on Aug 9, 2005 - 32 comments

The Scourge of Arial

The Scourge of Arial. It has spread like a virus through the typographic landscape and illustrates the pervasiveness of Microsoft's influence in the world. Arial, however, has a rather dubious history and not much character. In fact, Arial is little more than a shameless impostor...
posted by Robot Johnny on Aug 9, 2005 - 97 comments

Hey Kids! It's Compiler Time!

Illustrated Notes from Computer Science: Tom Murphy VII gets more bored in class than you. And thanks to his free fonts, your boredom can look just as snazzy. (Previous Tom7-related action here. This guy keeps busy. I blame the 80/20 rule.)
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 15, 2005 - 14 comments

Free fonts that don't suck = oxymoron?

FontLeech: The Free Font Blog. Searching for free fonts (that don't suck) so you don't have to. Just launched the other day; might be worth watching for us broke designers.
posted by DrJohnEvans on Feb 22, 2005 - 36 comments

hee hee... Gryphs!

BitFontMaker - Create, edit, and save your own truetype pixel font via this web app.
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 21, 2005 - 9 comments

I Want To Kern in Bold And Light, And Typeset Every Day

Back In Black, Bold, Semibold, Roman, and Light: Ever wanted to write your name in the font The Scorpions used? Or make your wedding announcements in the AC/DC font? Maybe you'd like to create nametags with the official Ozzy font? Here are all the rock fonts you'll ever need, all for free.
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 16, 2005 - 18 comments

sIFR: anti-aliased text in any font

Forget Verdana, here’s sIFR: anti-aliased text in your browser in any font you like.
The next big thing? Just a kludge? Heard about it already?
posted by Termite on Dec 29, 2004 - 160 comments

nice fonts

nice fonts in a simple yet exceedingly well designed wrapper. via newstoday
posted by specialk420 on Sep 15, 2004 - 17 comments

A Tribute.

Cooper Black. A True Story. [flash]
posted by armage on Aug 30, 2004 - 9 comments

Everyone loves/hates the Olympics!

Free the Olympukes. Fontshop, the 500-lb gorilla of type foundries, has released Jonathan Barnbrook's Olympukes dingbat font - which does a good job of reconciling the love/hate relationship many of us have with this most constructed of all sports events - for free. Barnbrook is the politically savage designer behind the Virus typefoundry, and is probably most well-known for collaborations with Damien Hirst and the typefaces Exocet and Mason (which was originally called Manson – and "intended to speak of the uncomfortable associations between elegance and violence" – but was renamed Mason in a fit of pique marketing), which are sold through the fine folks at Emigre.
posted by luriete on Aug 13, 2004 - 8 comments

omgwtf!

what the font?
posted by delmoi on Jul 2, 2004 - 6 comments

A little Sunday Relaxation with puzzlemaster Scott Kim

Just My Type. Sharpen your eye for letterforms by matching each close-up snapshot with the letter it came from, or test your eye for color with Color Me RGB, a couple of the interesting braincandy games from Scott Kim. (Also see his gallery of Inversions; I love "Figure", and the clickable tessellating alphabet.)
posted by taz on Jun 20, 2004 - 13 comments

Naked Words

Naked body letters. Um... letters made out of naked bodies. Obviously not safe for work, but really more artsy and "nude" than even erotic. K, T and C are particularly nice, for example.
posted by Shane on Jun 10, 2004 - 7 comments

Pour yourself a big ol' glass of typohol

Are you a typoholic? It starts so innocently. One day you're mildly interested in the difference between display and text typefaces. Soon you can distinguish between teardrop and beak terminals. Suddenly you're annoying everyone in the movie theater by yelling out the names of all the fonts used in the credits. What's so scary is that you never saw it coming. You, my friend, are a type freak.
posted by ColdChef on Apr 29, 2004 - 36 comments

Identifont -- Identify that elusive font!

Identifont is an amazing, free, font identification tool. Ever seen some nice text in print or on the web, wanted to use it yourself, but couldn't work out what font they used? By answering a series of simple questions (Does the 'Q' tail cross the circle? What shape is the 'g'?), all presented with handy example pictures, Identifont can quickly identify the name of the font you're looking for.
posted by chrismear on Apr 7, 2004 - 13 comments

Typophile

Typophile : Indulge your inner Font Nerd. (check out the "Found Type Gallery")
posted by ColdChef on Apr 3, 2004 - 5 comments

Once there was a typeface called Helvetica

Arial or Helvetica?
posted by btwillig on Dec 2, 2003 - 46 comments

Font Browser

This interface displays a preview of the fonts active on your system. Could be useful for a quick check on what's what.
posted by bluedaniel on Sep 13, 2003 - 33 comments

Lileks, eat your heart out

Tack-O-Rama is an amazing repository of kitsch images. Categories include: celebrities, decor, and food, among many, many others. There's also a spiffy collection of free fonts and clipart.
posted by MrBaliHai on Sep 12, 2003 - 11 comments

Maybe you're travelling to Nunavut, maybe you've just seen Atanarjuat, but for whatever reason, you're keen to learn some Inuktitut. Where to begin? Take a course if one is available in your area. Listen to some words and phrases. But unless you're heading to a region (PDF map) where the Inuinnaqtun dialect is spoken (it uses the Roman alphabet), you're going to need to use Inuktitut's syllabics. Download some fonts (another source, and another) -- you'll need them for many sites, including this Inuktitut language reader. Or try out this handy converter. Finally, the Living Dictionary is the definitive reference to this language.
posted by mcwetboy on Nov 5, 2002 - 9 comments

A font created by the hive-mind

A font created by the hive-mind and other excersises of the mob.
posted by pedantic on Sep 23, 2002 - 16 comments

"Microsoft's TrueType core fonts for the Web are no longer available for download"

"Microsoft's TrueType core fonts for the Web are no longer available for download" [via kottke] This is going to disappoint The Official Women of Wrestling.
posted by kirkaracha on Aug 13, 2002 - 51 comments

It can be stately and elegant, beautiful and swirling or square and modern. It makes a surprising variety of intricate pictures. Why is the written word honored so highly in Islamic art? Find out by diving into the gorgeous world of Arab Calligraphy. Here's a friendly portal to help. Take time to linger over a language that took a different path. (Bonus for font freaks inside)
posted by mediareport on Jul 26, 2002 - 10 comments

Font sizing comparisons

Font sizing comparisons The Noodle Incident has screenshots comparing different font sizing methods on various browsers and platforms.
posted by kirkaracha on Jun 7, 2002 - 27 comments

Be careful what font you choose.

Be careful what font you choose. Everyone deserves a good laugh at least once a day. I'm still laughing.
posted by onegoodmove on Jan 9, 2002 - 48 comments

Typographic56 has some interesting type experimentation geared towards the screen. Warrning: browser hijacking, though relatively well-done. More stuff at NoFont, and Bembo's Zoo. Know of any other places people are playing like this?
posted by Su on Nov 10, 2001 - 12 comments

For fans of the pixelicious design scheme featured on the lomo photography website they now offer downloads of their pixel font/graphics system for free. Anyone have similar web treasures to share?
posted by ooklah on Jul 27, 2001 - 13 comments

Lido STF is a freeware serif font of sufficient quality to be used instead of Times. Are there any other worthy freeware alternatives to the main system fonts? (via Lines and Splines)
posted by ecvgi on Jul 16, 2001 - 19 comments

a blog for typography junkies!

a blog for typography junkies! i'm in heaven.
posted by patricking on Oct 23, 2000 - 3 comments

FontAid is a charity project

FontAid is a charity project where 27 designers came up with a font, and proceeds from the sale of the font are funneled to UNICEF to help war refugees. Cool idea.
posted by mathowie on Jan 11, 2000 - 0 comments

A bunch of display type hacks...

A bunch of display type hacks... who just happen to be the berries in my book. Ok, I'm a type geek, I admit it - and I've designed a couple of fonts myself... But the boys over at House Industries are without a doubt the hippest cats this side of a kerning table.
posted by grant on Nov 6, 1999 - 2 comments

Can't remember what that font was on your last project? Looking for a font that's grundge, or one that's high tech looking? Point Central has the best font database I've seen.
posted by mathowie on Jul 15, 1999 - 0 comments

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