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Sunday Type

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I was oh so tempted to post the first in our series of So You Want to Make a Font, but it’s Sunday; and Sunday should be one of those easy days. And what’s more Sunday is my day off (from iLT, at least), so on the odd Sunday, I’ll post some type-related links for you to click and enjoy. So while the kids play in the traffic and the cat purrs on your lap, lean back and…

Free Fonts Of The Month: Moderna, Mido, Liberation

And here’s a site that uses type pretty well. Very clean, simple and ordered. I like it:

Erik Spiekermann’s blog (just in case you haven’t seen it); not updated that frequently, but lots of gems in the archives:

The redesigned web site of Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Not sure what to make of the design, but boy do they make beautiful typefaces.

If you like your Ligatures, then you’ll love this beauty from H&F-J:

They also have a great article on What’s OpenType? Is it right for me? and a great blog.

Don’t forget to swing by on Monday for the first part of So You Want to Make a Font. Or to save you swinging by to check, simply subscribe to I Love Typography. For those of you who have no idea what an RSS feed is, or think that it might have something to do with a car’s fuel injection system, then learn all about feeds by watching this great video from Common Craft:

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Have a great day. See you tomorrow.


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  1. SallyYi

    Wow!! I like Cosmetica! Maybe it looks little like Sabon?

  2. Thanks for the cool links John, and Cosmetica is a nice one ;) Cool lil video about blogs too. For a long time I was so anti-blog, but ever since this site I become addicted to them even started my own haha. :)

  3. SallyYi
    Thanks for stopping by. I don’t think it looks anything like Sabon, but, yes, it’s quite nice for a freebie. Pleased you like it.

    Here’s an example of Sabon:

    Robert
    That’s great to hear. I once felt the same way about blogs. I’m pleased you’re enjoying the site; and thanks again for your regular contributions. Always good to see you here.

  4. I like that you featured Upper Fort Stewart. I have always admired Ian’s design and beautiful typography.

  5. Perhaps Sally meant Optima. Those greek fonts look to be pretty questionable copies of classic typefaces.

  6. Thanks for the mention, John (and for highlighting one of my more favorite-er posts)!

    Plus: OTF and ligatures. I just plain love turning ligatures on in Illustrator. It thrills me to no end. Except when clients ask me why the f and i look “wrong”. ;)

  7. Stephen
    You’re right. I just did a quick comparison in FontLab. Here’s an overlay (black is Cosmetica with Optima overlaid in grey):

    Wouldn’t take long to tweak in a Font editor.
    That’s what happens when you spend two years looking at the Big Yellow Book ;) (you, not me, that is).

    For under $30 one can buy the real thing.

    Ian
    You’re welcome.

  8. Well, even though it’s still Saturday here, I did enjoy your Sunday Type. Thanks for all those great links. I’ve just added another blog (Stewart’s) to my RSS feed.

    Hope in future you’ll dedicate a post to some best free fonts according to you :-)

  9. Vivien (inspirationbit)
    Yes, I’ll do that. There aren’t a great number I’d recommend, but there are a few exceptions that qualify as good. Pleased you enjoyed Saturday/Sunday Type.

  10. dk

    @Johno: Please remember, to consider every face on its merits. Don’t criticise a daughter for looking like her mother!

  11. dk
    point taken :) I knew those words would come back to haunt me. Good to see you here again, dk.

  12. Ian did a great job with Upper Fort Stewart, and if I remember correctly, it was he who pointed me in the direction of WPDesigner’s WordPress tutorials (what I used to create my own custom theme). So double kudos for Ian.

    That Mido is a nice free font, and one I downloaded some time ago. Haven’t really used it as yet, but it is nice.

  13. Ko

    Thanks for these links! I read the OpenType article with great interest. It confirms my views in regarding the use of OpenType fonts, particularly in multi-language / multi-font design projects.
    I am working on a kind of lexicon for a studygroup, with Sanskrit words and names. I use InDesign with both Devanagari and Latin symbols from one font. Makes life a lot easier, but I still have to learn a lot.

  14. David
    Yes, that’s a wonderful tutorial. Let me know if you get to use Mido.

    Ko
    That sounds like an interesting and challenging project. We all have a lot to learn. I’d be interested in seeing that work upon completion.

  15. Will do, John.

    Slightly off-topic, I read your articles in my feed reader, and from a usability stand-point, it’d be nice to have an ‘add comment’ feed flare at the foot of your posts. The reason being that it saves the reader having to scroll to the top of the article in order to click-through the post title, the ‘add comment’ is right there, once you finish reading.

    Whether or not anyone uses the one I have in my feed is another question, but I’d have clicked on it if you had it on show.

  16. David
    That’s a good idea. I noticed that you have that in your feed. However, I can’t find the “feed flare” for it. How did you do it?

  17. Thanks for the cool links…. ;)

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