FF Meta Serif Microsite

Meta goes Micro
I wouldn’t usually publish short items like this, but I like it, so here it is. FontShop has just launched a micro-site devoted to FF Meta Serif. Some interesting content, including this downloadable PDF poster:

and excerpts from email correspondence between two of FF Meta Serif’s designers, Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz.

There’s also a copy of the FontBook up for grabs:

Submit an example of something you have created with FF Meta Serif, or a snapshot of FF Meta Serif in the wild, and enter to win. Every three months we’ll pick the best entry of the season and send the winner a FontBook.

Perhaps we’ll see more typeface-dedicated micro-sites popping up. What do you think? And how do you feel about me posting the odd mini post like this?

Related: At Last! FF Meta Serif


  1. Oh, I love this concept of dedicating a site to a particular typeface. Sander should submit to their In-Use gallery his FF Meta Serif collection that he posted earlier on his site.
    Thanks for sharing, John.

  2. Thanks for the link Vivien! The website is a wonderful dedication to the beautiful type meta, I loved reading the story. They also used my photo in the gallery for the restyle of Het Parool. Anyone know if the poster can be ordered? Thanks for the update John.

  3. Just the fact that you made me aware I could be winning the Bible was enough to make this post worth while. And the poster looks pretty cool too.

  4. Sander - thank you so much for your Het Parool photo. I’ll make sure you are properly credited.

    Your local FontShop Benelux should have copies of the printed Meta Serif Glyph Poster. Give them a ring and ask.

  5. Strong prefer short, single-topic posts. Frankly, I usually don’t read your entire posts as they are too long and all over the place.

  6. Johanna

    I like your mini-post as it’s a bit more readable for me as I look through my feeds quite often but mostly don’t spend a lot of time on it.

    A remark on the microsite: It was designed by Florian Hardwig and Malte Kaune: http://kaune.hardwig.com/
    You might be interested in Florian’s research project on international school scripts as well: http://www.florian.hardwig.com/

  7. Craig

    Definitely like the shorter posts - suits the blog medium better, IMO.

  8. Great idea! :)

  9. Sye

    the site looks great, i especially liked the coversation bit… and the poster is awesome! also, johno, feel free to post any length you want, i always love reading them and learn something at the same time.
    thanks! - sye :)

  10. wes

    Thanks for the short post made my day!

  11. N Mutans

    I’d be a bit disappointed if the Sunday Type posts became this short, but I’d love more frequent posts. It might be a good compromise to have the Sunday Type posts about half the current average, and then a few single-topic posts throughout the week? I do read Sunday Type in depth, but I can understand it seeming a little bit long to be able to do that easily.

    I guess what I’m saying is: please don’t reduce the number of words per week, as I really enjoy those words. However, breaking them up into more posts might be beneficial. (And, of course, I always like the interviews and guest pieces!)

    Thank you for writing this blog and gathering so much information in one place! What it finally comes down to, of course, (even though you so gracefully ask for feedback) is: what makes it easiest and most pleasant for you?

  12. I dunno, I kind of like the idea of Sunday Type’s “newspaper of typography”-length. But short “news briefs” like this one are always welcome to hold me over until the next Sunday!

    I’m loving the micro site and am now keeping my eyes peeled for Meta in the wild…

  13. Really cool mini site. I downloaded that poster some time back but have yet to print it out on the plotter here at work :)

  14. I’m in agreement with the responders above: more frequent, shorter posts are much easier to read! I love the Sunday Type posts, but I usually lose steam midway-through. Keep up the awesome work!

  15. Hey! I agree with what’s been said!


    Your weekly Sunday Type posts are excellent, but sometimes too huge to share with others when I only want to send them part of it.

    Please break it up a bit more!


  16. You gotta love the poster. They should give some away or something.

  17. Superdotman

    I, too, am in favor of shorter posts! It’s a bit annoying to set aside a chunk of time to read Sunday Type posts, and much easier to click on a headline and take thirty seconds to read about some new typeface or letterpressery.

    (While I’m posting, thanks for introducing me to and making me love typography! Neo-grotesque slab serifs are my favorite.)

  18. Superdotman

    Since clarity is all the rage, I’m in favor of the same number of words being written, but interspersed throughout the week.

  19. Shorter posts??? That’s crazy-talk. Johno is a rare commodity in this day and age of short attention spans and sound bites — someone who has something meaningful and interesting to say, and isn’t editing himself for the sake of unnecessary brevity.

    That’s not to say that I wouldn’t welcome short posts like this one interspersed between the longer ones. But this post is short because it’s supposed to be, not because it’s been circumcised.

  20. That poster is great!

    And I agree with Alec on the post lengths. The long Sunday posts really set ILT apart from other blogs, in a good way. But yeah, I’ve got nothing against the odd short one during the week.

  21. Bob Marchman

    I really don‘t care what the length of the articles are, so long as you keep writing them, and they continue to be awesome.

    Quality, people. Not quantity. :-)

    Keep up the good work

  22. I love typeface posters. Emigre used to send out those great posters with every new release. The Meta Serif poster is really nice.I got Erik Spiekermann to sign mine at Typecon. It’s framed and hanging on the wall in my dining room.

    Yes, I am a geek.

  23. Yes, more short posts. It suits our ever-shrinking attention spans!

    I’m not using sarcasm at all!

  24. Great link - that site actually got me pretty stoked for the new serif version… i haven’t used or looked at the new serif version under a microscope yet, but it’s definitely a refreshing update to that font, and in my opinion it rounds out Meta family in a way that was much needed. Thanks for the post :)

    Oh, and I’m new to this blog, but the length of the post felt appropriate; I’m long-winded myself though, so I sympathize.

  25. Thanks everyone for your feedback. In addition to your comments here, I received a number of emails requesting a shorter Sunday Type. On the other hand, there are those who like a big dose of type at the start of the week. So, this is what I’ll do: Sunday Type may, in future, be a little shorter—I stress, a little shorter; in addition, I’ll post some shorter, newsworthy pieces like this one.

    Continue to send in your links and suggestions, and thanks very much for your comments, and for reading.

  26. Just do whatever works best for your work & personal schedule, and we’ll keep reading.

    Even at your least consistent posting schedule so far, you’ve got other type-related blogs (I won’t name names!) beat by a mile.

    Not that it’s a competition. You’re just much more reliable and stable.

    We need a nice typographic way to display humour–emoticons just don’t do it for me.



  27. In favor of all: long, rich posts; font-dedicated sites; short posts, too.

    Plus alternatives to emoticons.

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