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Font designer "supercouple" prepares to do battle in the courts

Popular font designers Frere-Jones and Hoefler split, with one claiming the other was his "employee". "For 15 years, Frere-Jones and Hoefler seemed charmed. They made typefaces that rendered the stock charts in the Wall Street Journal readable and helped Martha Stewart sell cookbooks. They created an alphabet for the New York Jets, based on the team’s logo. And they saw their lettering chiseled into stone as part of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. Last year, the duo won the AIGA Medal, the profession’s highest award. It seemed to be one of those rare situations whereby two successful soloists had combined to make an even better supergroup. Hoefler was asked if there were any troubles in their working relationship for a video produced for the AIGA in 2013. “We do have a longstanding disagreement over the height of the lower case t,” he said. “That is the only point of contention.” Not quite. An interesting story about a business partnership of supposed equals - or were they? - going very, very sour.
posted by mitschlag on Apr 11, 2014 - 31 comments

 

Let The Healing Begin

Comic Sans, redesigned. Introducing Comic Neue
posted by The Whelk on Apr 7, 2014 - 56 comments

Hey, why does this Wikipedia entry look different?

Wikipedia To Redesign Across More Than 32 Million Pages
posted by valkane on Apr 4, 2014 - 54 comments

Rarely can you say "Worse than Comc Sans" with sincerity.

The design studio Kerozen has melded body horror with font design and produced a human flesh font. Not safe for anyone, really.
posted by ricochet biscuit on Feb 8, 2014 - 57 comments

Modify Linux Font Rendering

If you are like me and always tinkering with UI fonts in Linux... Just tripped over Infinality which is a set of pretty nifty FreeType patches. Got it installed and my painfully tweaked Linux font settings look lovely.
posted by Samizdata on Jun 27, 2013 - 43 comments

"Please don't use any less than a 16px base font-size for body content"

Stop Using Small Font Sizes "I'm calling you out. All of you. The hackers, the designers, the code monkeys, the word-smiths, the editors, the CSS gurus, and everyone else who works on content management systems and style sheets for news sites. Stop using small font sizes." [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Mar 12, 2013 - 120 comments

The Evolution of Type

The Evolution of Type - by Andreas Scheiger. More examples here.
posted by plinth on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 comments

Books, book bindings, and the death of the book

Ever since something was invented to replace it, people have been predicting the end of the book: The Death Of The Book Through The Ages [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 15, 2012 - 60 comments

"ASSERTIVE AND FAMILIAR"

Superhero Typographic Classifications: "The most distinguishing factor of any font is its characters. Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character—its own unique characteristics. However classified this information may seem, when used correctly, typefaces often speak to us more powerfully than the words that are written with them."
posted by Fizz on Jul 25, 2012 - 23 comments

You couldn't just Tweet the Declaration of Independence

The Dunlap broadside was the first printing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 12, 2012 - 9 comments

We Love Typography World

We Love Typography World [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 comments

editable visualized data

FF Chartwell is a typeface for creating simple editable graphs and charts, designed by Travis Kochel. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf and ­­FF PicLig, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process. Using OpenType features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling. Watch the demo video. Buy a license.
posted by heatherann on Jun 29, 2012 - 19 comments

NOT Double-donut Table Clitoris Mushroom Cylinder Ball

If you revolve the letters of the alphabet around an axis, you get the 3D alphabet.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 24, 2012 - 69 comments

type connection

Type Connection is a game that helps you learn how to pair typefaces.
posted by lalex on May 4, 2012 - 8 comments

Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 16, 2012 - 69 comments

Because it's, like, SO IMPORTANT to have the right font.

"Over the internet we yell at each other with ALL CAPS and emphasize with bold and italics, but where is sarcasm? Where is the nuance, the elegance? We say it is time for a change. It's time for a revolution. It's time for a new font style!"

Introducing the sarcastic font.
posted by zardoz on Dec 11, 2011 - 88 comments

Henry Hargreaves: Bacon Alphabet and Toasted

Henry Hargreaves: Bacon Alphabet & Toasted (toast portraiture). His full site (Flash).
posted by OmieWise on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 comments

Running Alphabet

"Running Alphabet is a project by the designer and runner Joan Pons Moll. The purpose of it is to run every character from the alphabet, captured by GPS and create a complete typeface from it. This is a collaborative initiative so if you are interested in running a letter go to participate and follow the instructions. Ready, Type, Go!" [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Aug 11, 2011 - 17 comments

a feast for the eyes

The art of the menu.
posted by crunchland on Aug 10, 2011 - 20 comments

Read All About It

"Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it's hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that's why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition." [more inside]
posted by rtha on Aug 3, 2011 - 62 comments

Grumpy Wizards make toxic brew for the Evil Queen and Jack

Google WebFonts - 184+ open-source webfonts from Google.
posted by blue_beetle on Jul 1, 2011 - 42 comments

A font of wisdom

Reviving a Masterpiece of 16th-Century Type Design. The Polyglot Bible published by Christopher Plantin form 1569-1572 was the one of the greatest typographical achievements of the 16th century, and features a Hebrew typeface specially designed for the work by Guillaume Le Bé. More than 300 years later, type designers Scott-Martin Kosofsky and Matthew Carter have recreated Le Bé's design for use in a new ebook of the poems of Yehuda Halevi.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 21, 2011 - 11 comments

I just need some space (between sentences)

Slate says putting more than one space between sentences is "totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong." Microsoft's Bill Hall agrees. LaTex does not. The American Psychological Association used to agree but has changed its mind. The exhaustive Wikipedia article on sentence spacing has a predictably prickly discussion page.
posted by escabeche on Jan 14, 2011 - 273 comments

An identity so appealing, someone should launch a meat market just to adopt it

Why does Futura work here but Slanted Futura doesn't? Enter FONTS IN USE: A breakdown, explanation and appreciation of type design out in the real world.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 3, 2011 - 17 comments

Death Shadow of the Blood Dragon

The annual Orbit books survey of Fantasy cover art: Fantasy Art, The Changing Fashion of Urban Fantasy Heroines, Color trends in Dragons, Title Trends and Fonts.
posted by Artw on Aug 23, 2010 - 74 comments

Who isn’t familiar with that wonderful yellow frame?

The Timeless Beauty of National Geographic (and it's not about the photographs!)
posted by desjardins on Aug 19, 2010 - 25 comments

IT'S ALMOST THREE O'CLOCK.

HELVETICTOC A time-full tribute to a timeless typeface.
posted by Venadium on Aug 12, 2010 - 49 comments

Papyrus, the New Comic Sans

Papyrus Watch exposes the most egregious uses of the played-out Papyrus font by graphic designers, businesses, and blockbuster Hollywood directors, among others. Does its widespread misuse mean that Papyrus is the new Comic Sans?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Jul 12, 2010 - 83 comments

So you need a typeface?

So You Need a Typeface? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Apr 19, 2010 - 37 comments

The Sans-Serif Car

Designer Alex George has created a font based on the iconic Volvo 240 station wagon. (via) [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Mar 26, 2010 - 37 comments

No more bullshit. Join the font nerd revolution.

The League of Moveable Type offers a growing collection of high-quality, open-source fonts to help make the web a bit nicer to look at.
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 22, 2010 - 61 comments

NSFWord

NSFWord: Effing Typeface.
posted by yellowbinder on Feb 24, 2010 - 15 comments

A font of self-knowledge awaits.

What type are you? (password: character) Step into Pentagram's psychoanalyst's office, and let him diagnose your type. 'Researched over seven years with a team of 23 academics across Eastern Europe, ‘What Type Are You’ asks the four key character questions of our day, analyses your responses in exceptional detail and recommends one of 16 typefaces as a result. The recommendation is sometimes controversial but always unerringly true. Said one respondent, “At first I felt angry when I was told my type is Pistilli Roman but two weeks later, I was completely reconciled to it. Now I wonder why I ever thought I was a Gill Sans.”'
posted by heatherann on Jan 11, 2010 - 126 comments

Easy As ABC

Modern Alphabets (Single Link Flickr Post)
posted by grumblebee on Dec 14, 2009 - 24 comments

Neutra Face

Neutra Face A SLYT for the font-geeks out there (and I suppose there are some Gaga geeks around as well).
posted by captain cosine on Dec 1, 2009 - 43 comments

You got cooking in my typography.

You got typography in my cooking.
posted by idiopath on Nov 20, 2009 - 19 comments

I thought I was the only one

“I think sometimes that being overly type-sensitive is like an allergy,” : The New York Times on the perils of being a font nerd.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 15, 2009 - 99 comments

It's Helvetica! I know this!

TypeWar: How well do you know your fonts?
posted by flatluigi on Nov 2, 2009 - 22 comments

Some "bloody design consistency" on the Underground

Eiichi’s self-confessed shock is now hopefully more understandable – he was not simply being asked to rework an old typeface, he was being asked to touch up an acknowledged “Old Master.” Johnstone Sans - A Typeface for the Underground. [more inside]
posted by badrolemodel on Sep 18, 2009 - 25 comments

Helveticamembert

Galliard. Amienne. Miso. Postel. Is it a cheese? Or is it a font?
posted by Alt F4 on Sep 10, 2009 - 30 comments

Makes writing letters a breeze.

Make your handwriting into a font! [more inside]
posted by Korou on Sep 8, 2009 - 52 comments

Morisawa Fontpark

Morisawa Fontpark : View or create amazing art with Japanese characters.
posted by rollbiz on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 comments

Frankenfonts

Artist Julián Dorado puts together typographical creatures. The alphabet can be a little scary.... Typefaces. (via) [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Dec 1, 2008 - 6 comments

clean type is godly type

We've seen it done before with Ms. Dewey (previously), but all the same, meet Max Kerning. He's also on Facebook and Twitter. He's a total shill (Sutcase Fusion 2) but still worth checking out. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 30, 2008 - 13 comments

Fonts Personified.

Font Conference. A video from CollegeHumor which made me laugh more than a video from CollegeHumor really should.
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 22, 2008 - 58 comments

Typography posters and videos

Two blogposts from Smashing Magazine: Breathtaking Typographic Posters and Typography in Motion. Some notables: Retro Artist Feature, Linocut Print of London, It's the Outsideness Flavour of It, Zeitgeist, Hier Vorne, 80 of 500 Handdrawn Posters and music video for Ya no sé qué hacer conmigo by Uruguayan band Cuarteto de Nos.
posted by Kattullus on Apr 22, 2008 - 7 comments

Mo' letter

Facial hair font
posted by ericbop on Apr 20, 2008 - 22 comments

FontStruct is a free online truetype font-building tool.

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. Once you're done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.
posted by Dave Faris on Apr 12, 2008 - 21 comments

Comic Sans

The story behind Comic Sans: The web's most hated typeface. Previously
posted by GuyZero on Aug 23, 2007 - 398 comments

"Your brain knows the shape of the word."

How the new type standard for American road signage reduces halation and improves readability.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 11, 2007 - 47 comments

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