A guide to Web typography

The Basics Typography for the Web has come a long way since Tim Berners-Lee flipped the switch in 1991. Back in the days of IE 1.0, good web typography was something of an oxymoron. Today things are different. Not only do we have browsers that support images (gasp!), but we have the opportunity to make […]

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TDC2 Winners Announced

I wouldn’t usually post today, but the Type Directors Club (TDC) has just announced this year’s winners of TDC2 2008. Among them is Kris Sowersby’s sans serif, National. I’m sure you’d all like to join in congratulating Kris, and the other winners.Winning entries are divided into five categories, and here is a taster from three of them:

Type System / Superfamily

NationalKris Sowersby:

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Sunday Type: fruity type

Of Pens and Pears First, thanks to everyone who read and commented on Alec’s great Small Caps article. It’s been incredibly popular. Sunday again, and I still haven’t finished packing! Well, let’s forget packing and start with something else that seems pretty popular these days: we’ve had potato type and chocolate type; even cupcake type; […]

Small Caps

by Alec Julien Small caps are uppercase glyphs drawn at a lowercase scale. A common misconception—unfortunately reinforced by most word processing programs as well as by CSS on the web—is that a small cap is just a regular capital letter scaled uniformly down to a smaller size. In actuality, a proper small cap is a […]

Sunday Type: pointy type

Monotype AirThese last couple of weeks I’ve been dreaming of a life-remote control. It need not be particularly high-tech—I just need a big pause button. I’m moving apartments and packing like there’s no tomorrow. Anyway, I’m taking a break from boxes and gum tape, to talk type. Let’s start by going back in time to […]

Typeface Review: Arnhem

By Kris Sowersby Talent borrows, genius steals In Erik Spiekermann’s list of favourite five typefaces, Arnhem comes in at No.5. He writes “I Love it for newspapers, magazines, etc. Not so keen on the headline weights, they look too Dutch for my use (perhaps too Ungerish, but then Fred is also from Arnhem). But the […]

Sunday Type: sponge type

The Passionate Printer First up we have a type feast from one of the world’s most popular ‘interiors’ blogs, Design Sponge. Included in the list are some of those we’ve mentioned here before, but there are numerous other examples of ‘living with type’, such as these large reclaimed metal letters. Imagine some of these in […]

Face to Face

An interview with Jean François Porchez You’ll see his typefaces on the Paris Métro, gracing the pages of France’s premier newspaper, Le Monde, in magazines and books; even Beyoncé uses them. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot for excellence in type design, was president of ATypI, designed one of the best modern-day type revivals, […]

Sunday Type: Frodo Type

Birthday Cupcakes This week iLT is six months old. She’s doing quite well thanks to all of you: one million page views, almost 3,000 comments, and about 70 posts—though it feels like more. So if you have a spare minute, then pop a party popper, throw a streamer, crack open a bottle of Champagne, light […]

FontBook

RESENHA DO LIVRO Recentemente recebi através do correio algo grande, amarelo e pesando 3 kg. Não, não é uma banana geneticamente modificada, mas o FontBook do FontShop, a enciclopédia do tipo. Este livro realmente deveria vir com uma advertência de saúde: o meu carteiro quase teve uma hérnia entregando-o e muito perto de torcer seu […]

Porque Bembo Cansa

By Kris Sowersby Num recente painel de discussão sobre o design do livro na Nova Zelândia, eu critiquei o excesso de Bembo em muitos livros na Nova Zelândia. Como muitas perguntas foram feitas mais do que poderiam ser respondidas, eu escrevi este artigo para explicar. Permitam-me começar com uma breve história. Antes da tipologia digital […]

TIPOLOGIA

UMA ENTREVISTA COM KRIS SOWERSBY Muitos de vocês já ouviu falar de Kris Sowersby e algo me diz que vamos ouvir muito mais sobre ele. Ele é o cara atrás das sans serif tipográfica National e das serifas tipográficas Feijoa; ele esteve também na equipe de três que criou (possivelmente o tipo do ano?) o […]

Archer the Elegant Slab Serif

fly me to the moon It feels as though Jonathan Hoefler has been designing type for about 100 years—a tall order for a man in his thirties. While still in his teens, he established the Hoefler Type Foundry (now known as Hoefler & Frere-Jones, since teaming up with Tobias Frere-Jones, formerly of the Font Bureau). […]

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