Sunday Type: dilbert type

one big bullet point

Mathieu and Breton’s article on their experience of KABK’s Type and Media masters course has proven insanely popular. The students at Reading are nearing the end of their masters in Type Design, so hopefully we’ll be hearing from them too.

I’ve spoken here before about the importance of white space, not simply as an element of typography, but as the active ‘void’ that defines it. Just as shadow gives form to objects, so white space, carefully conceived, brings to the page structure, form and order. So, I had to smile when I saw this comic strip:

Dilbert on white space

For the ampersand addicted, here’s another ampersand t-shirt from turnnocturnal. This one is the italic ampersand from Garamond:

Gotham Rounded in action

Perhaps one of the best ‘roundeds’ ever. Forget VAG Rounded, and switch to Gotham Rounded:

The only other rounded that I really like is Erik Spiekermann’s FF Unit Rounded.

I wondered what had happend to Keven Cornell besides his recent alien abduction. Now all is revelaed. A graphic novel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I’ve just ordered mine. It’s available on Amazon.

Type Cubes are something like the analog counterpart of FontStruct’s digital cubes:

Some more exquisite work from Brooklyn Bookbinder:

Be sure to take a look at the gallery of photo albums too.

Sunday links

30 inspiring Flickr groups on typography
Behind The Scenes Of Exquisite Web Typography—Part Five
Hand drawn floral type
Affordable calling cardsvia.
Sparky Type
oh, I heart calligraphy!
FontShop August newsletter
The other Craig’s List
The Empire Poster quiz—thanks, Alec
Luciano Vergara’s Flickr
History of graphic design
Lush type
Darden Studio
Kung Fu Panda fonts—thanks, Parka
The Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

The ampersand appears to be getting a lot more press these days. Automatic ‘Awesompersands’ is a pretty comprehensive article that discusses dressing up one’s ampersands for the web. If you’re not already using Hamish’s WordPress Typogrify plugin, then I strongly suggest you try it out. Via.

A nice spread via Spatium Magazine. The site’s in German, but if (like me) you don’t read German, your eyes nonetheless will enjoy:

Like this:

From this equally great Flickr member.

Also love the look of this project from Jens Schulz:

Elí Castellanos Chávez’s SexyType formerly written in Spanish has now decided to go English. I’ve enjoyed this blog, but, as my Spanish is limited to about a dozen words, I’m happy to see the change.

Nice work from Viola Sutanto Ting of Chewing the Cud. Products available through her Etsy shop. She has a nice blog too. Via Roadside Scholar.

A big collection of gig posters. Some dreadful ones there, but some real gems to be found too.

Thanks to Jack at Horrorwood.

The Alpha letter-topped coffee table:

Thanks, Becca.

Free fonts

Originally released in 2005, Jack Usine’s GEronto Bis is now available with extended language support and in the OpenType format:

You can download GEronto Bis for free (read the license), and take a look at the PDF specimen. Via How.

Recommended reading

Robert Bringhurst is most well known for his The Elements of Typographic Style. However, he is the author of dozens of titles, including the wonderful A Short History of the Printed Word and this little gem:

The Solid Form of Language is an essay on the relationship between scripts and meanings, and the nature and classification of written language. The typography is beautifully simple. The book is a pleasure to read and to hold. It’s one of those books that you hold carefully, respectfully. Smyth-sewn paperback with a letterpress printed cover. The text is set in Carol Twomby’s slab serif Chaparral, with a dash of Carmina on the title page.

New type

Capsa from Dino dos Santos. Lots of swashes and alternate glyphs:

Pick of the month

Randy Jones’ Eason, a type with bucket loads of character that doesn’t distract.

Though Jenson runs through its beziers, its soul, this is a type standing on its own merits—and one that I’ve only recently discovered. I’m thoroughly impressed. Comes with a nicely drawn, almost upright, italic, and inline caps—well worth taking a look at.

Thanks to Randy, who set today’s masthead in Eason.

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, keep smiling, and have an inspired and productive week.


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  1. Thanks, Kuroki. Now fixed.

  2. This is certainly refreshing.

    Lately I’ve had to deal with quasi-professional people who think that printing an entire brochure in centered Bello Pro is a grand idea indeed.

    Sometimes I just hate working with other people…

  3. Kari
    Well, if it’s any consolation, your pain (or at least the way you recount it) made me laugh :)

  4. The coffee table is so appealing! One of those I’ll enjoy having at home for some nice coffee&conversation with special friends!

    Love its Vintage look!

  5. Davin

    Process Type’s Bryant is also a pretty nice rounded typeface.
    http://www.processtypefoundry.com/typefaces/bryant2/index.html
    It’s quite similar to Gotham of course but it does have some subtleties that set it off.

    There’s also Darden’s Omnes but it’s a little different.
    http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/omnes

  6. MP

    Wow, I really like that Graphis 115 Advert. Good Flickr find Johno!

    -MP

  7. I’m loving the link to Spatium: I’ve been looking for a good design blog to practice my German. Thanks!

  8. Giler

    Just to let you know, I think the new Dino dos Santos typeface is called Capsa, not Caspa…

  9. Caspa is very very great!

  10. Yet another great t-shirt from Turn Nocturnal. I really like those type cubes too. Good stuff!

  11. I want a hamburge right now. Eason is pretty nice looking.

  12. Andrew

    Kevin Cornell (Illustrator of Benjamin Button) also has a great website with a lot of really nice hand lettering on it.

    http://www.bearskinrug.co.uk/

    I like telling people that Kevin’s a Kutztown University alumni (my Alma Mater). He also graduated with another popular web guru, Jason Santa Maria and does most of the illustrations for A List Apart. Despite the “co.uk” he works proficiently out of the Philadelphia region.

    It’s nice to see fellow alumni doing so well and getting lots of recognition.

  13. Thanks for the mention…again - what a great surprise! And thanks for the recommendation of A Short History of the Printed Word. That looks like one gorgeous little book!

  14. I like Capsa’s alternate glyphs. I’m trying to explore those a little more to increase my typographic prowess.

    Kevin Cornell’s work is beautiful, too. Glad to see he did a graphic novel! Definitely going on my wishlist :) I like his style so much!

  15. RundschriftEF is my fav rounded font nice even weight
    http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ef/rundschrift/ef-regular/mac-t1/194850/

    john c

  16. I fell in love with Capsa the moment I bought it. I spent hours playing with the alternate ligatures and glyphs and I still don’t think I’ve completely uncovered the font yet. It has definitely been an eye-opener for me when it comes to the potential power of OpenType.

    Very glad to see it on here. :)

  17. thanks again johno!

    i love the type table and the ‘fontstruct’ cubes.

    and thanks for mentioning gotham rounded, i now have soemthing else to save for!

    if you interested, i’ve updated cpd chomel, it now have caps. you can find it here: http://armorath.wordpress.com/2008/08/26/cpd-chomel-an-update/

    cheers - sye :)

  18. Simon
    Thanks for the link. Off to take a look now.

  19. JP

    Great post! I love fonts! Thanks for the link! I’ll check it out!

  20. I fell in love with Capsa!

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