August 7, 2016

The Typography Idea Book

Steven Heller and Gail Anderson have released The Typography Idea Book, geared toward helping you evolve different typographic characters or styles.

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October 2, 2015

Fontself turns your type drawings into a font


Turn your type drawings into a font using Fontself — software extensions for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

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September 14, 2015

Adrian Frutiger, 1928-2015

Renowned Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger died on September 12th after a lifetime of creating some of the most useful and highly regarded typefaces in the world.

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June 10, 2015

The Art of Hermann Zapf

Type designer and calligrapher Hermann Zapf died on Thursday 4th June 2015 at his home in Darmstadt, Germany. He was 96.

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May 28, 2015

Fontstand launches

Fontstand is a Mac OS X app that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop use.

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May 26, 2015

Typefaces for people with dyslexia

When they're reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate, and mirror letters in their minds. Traditional typefaces make this worse, because they base some letter designs on others, inadvertently creating "twin letters" for people with dyslexia.

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January 15, 2015


Homelessfonts is an initiative by Barcelona-based Arrels Foundation that consists of creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless people.

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November 17, 2014

Typeface combinations used in design books

The authors of the following books work with type for a living, and although they weren’t all responsible for their book designs, I was intrigued to know what typeface combinations were chosen to represent their words.

The comparative images that follow show the mid-weight members of the respective type families, but it should be noted that some of the books use other weights, too. And a few of the books use just one type family throughout.

The Elements of Typographic Style (fourth edition, 2013), by Robert Bringhurst
Minion (Robert Slimbach) and FF Scala Sans (Martin Majoor)

Minion and Scala Sans

Elements of Typographic StyleElements of Typographic Style, photo via Stefan Imhoff

The Geometry of Type (2013), by Stephen Coles, foreword by Erik Spiekermann
Baskerville Original (Storm) and Benton Sans (Cyrus Highsmith, Tobias Frere-Jones)

Baskerville and Benton Sans

The Geometry of TypeThe Geometry of Type, photo via Ralph Herrmann

The Complete Manual of Typography (2011), by Jim Felici
Perpetua (Eric Gill) and Syntax (H E Meier)

Perpetua and Syntax

The Complete Manual of TypographyThe Complete Manual of Typography

Type and Typography (second edition, 2011), by Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam
FF Meta (Erik Spiekermann) and Swift (Gerard Unger)

Meta and Swift

Type and TypographyType and Typography

Type on Screen (2014), by Ellen Lupton
Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold), Klavika (Eric Olson), and Fedra Mono (Peter Bil’ak)

Akzidenz, Klavika, and Fedra Mono

Type on ScreenType on Screen, photo via Michael Surtees

Thinking with Type (second edition, 2010), by Ellen Lupton
FF Scala Pro (Martin Majoor) and Thesis (Lucas de Groot)

Scala Pro

Thinking with TypeThinking with Type, photo via Lisa Whitaker

New Graphic Design (2014), by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, foreword by Steven Heller
Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold), used in various weights throughout


New Graphic DesignNew Graphic Design, photo via Rudd Studio

Designing Brand Identity (fourth edition, 2012), by Alina Wheeler
Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold) and Univers (Adrian Frutiger)

Akzidenz-Grotesk and Univers

Designing Brand IdentityDesigning Brand Identity, photo via Andy Sernovitz

Graphic Icons (2013), by John Clifford
Univers (Adrian Frutiger) and FF Scala (Martin Majoor)

Univers and FF Scala

Graphic IconsGraphic Icons

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul (second edition, 2010), by Adrian Shaughnessy
Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold)


How to be a graphic designer without losing your soulHow to be a graphic designer without losing your soul, photo via Bibliothèque

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design (2012), by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne
Swift (Gerard Unger) and Gotham (Hoefler & Co.)


100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, photo via The Salt Lab

Thoughts on Design (reissue edition, 2014), by Paul Rand, foreword by Michael Bierut
Bodoni Book (Giambattista Bodoni, Morris Fuller Benton)

(I've not seen the original 1947 edition, but I think it was set using a different typeface. Do you know?)

Bodoni Book

Thoughts on DesignThoughts on Design, photo via Khoi Vinh

Popular Lies About Graphic Design (2013), by Craig Ward
Garamond Pro (Adobe) and Futura Medium (Linotype)

Garamond Futura

Popular Lies About Graphic DesignPopular Lies About Graphic Design, photo via Anna

Elsewhere, the Fonts In Use site is a nice resource, and the typeface combinations from the Explorations in Typography book are interesting.

“The possibilities for combining two typefaces are endless, however, a basic guideline to start with is to select 1) a serif and a sans that 2) have similar shapes. To find typefaces with similar shapes, look for ones designed by the same designer or created during the same era.”

Tim Brown wrote a short book called Combining Typefaces. And pairing typefaces in book design is a relevant read from the archives.

April 8, 2014

The Geometry of Type

A lovely typographic primer by Stephen Coles, with a foreword from Erik Spiekermann.

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July 15, 2013

Banknotes for the visually impaired

Only the United States prints banknotes that are identical in size and colour in all their denominations.

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April 9, 2013

Fontfabric free fonts

The Kabel font

I like the look of some of these free fonts.

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April 2, 2012

Tien-Min Liao’s handmade type

Handmade type

This is a self-initiated typographic experiment that explores the relationships between upper-case and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.

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December 22, 2011

Blanch font family, free download

Albert Estruch from Barcelona-based studio Atipus got in touch to share a free download of the Blanch font family that was used in their Fruita Blanch identity.

Blanch font family

"Blanch is a display typeface for the Fruita Blanch brand, a family-run company that, for four generations, has dedicated itself to the cultivation and marketing of sweet fruits.

"This typeface family came about from a search for a traditional font with a contemporary feel which reflected the Blanch products; artisanal recipes, adapted to our modern times.

"This is a modular typeface family halfway between a 50s style sans serif and the range of numerical characters which most labelling machines use. These are seemingly contrasting concepts which lend themselves to the creation of an atypical font. The Blanch typeface family is comprised of 6 different font weights; 3 condensed weights and 3 caps weights. They are: Blanch condensed, Blanch condensed inline, Blanch condensed light, Blanch caps, Blanch caps inline, and Blanch caps light."

Blanch font family

Blanch font family

Blanch font family

Blanch font family

Blanch font family

Blanch font family

Blanch is available on a “pay what you want” basis from the Lost Type Co Op.

Nicely done.

March 16, 2011

Type foundries worth a look

It's always useful to have a collection of type foundries to call upon. Here are a few notable mentions.

Maison Neue, by Milieu Grotesque

An independent type foundry in San Francisco by Christian Robertson.

Bold Monday
From the Netherlands, founded in 2008 by Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen.

An independent type foundry set up by Brighton based design studio, The Entente.

Owned and operated by Peter Bruhn in Malmö, Sweden.

Grilli Type
An independent Swiss type foundry, launched in 2009 by Noël Leu and Thierry Blancpain (now includes Nic Sanchez and Reto Moser).

Hoefler & Co.
Publishes fonts exclusively through its New York sales office and website.

Milieu Grotesque
An exclusive library of typefaces since 2010, from the type design studio in Cascais, Portugal.

Okay Type
Jackson Cavanaugh's one-person foundry in Chicago.

Managed by three partners since 2003: Fred Smeijers, Corina Cotorobai & Rudy Geeraerts.

Creates computer typefaces inspired by art, history, and sometimes science.

Porchez Typofonderie
Founded in 1994, Porchez Typofonderie is an independent digital type foundry in France.

Process Type Foundry
The Minnesota-based trio of Eric Olson, Nicole Dotin, and Alice Savoie.

Created in 2006 by type designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione.

Run by Peter and Johanna Biľak, collaborating closely with Nikola Djurek.

The union of eleven young type foundries from around the world.

Independent since 2005
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