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Projected type

Welcome to this week’s the week in type. Thanks to all those who commented on David’s great On diacritics article. Upon seeing Greg Meadows’ photos from the boneyard in last week’s the week in type, Matthew sent me some of his own:

boneyard lettering

Note: I’ve started using ThickBox for some of the images. Where you see [+] in the top-left corner, just click the image to see a larger version.


the boneyard

I’m off to find a boneyard.

A useful grid designer for the Web. First, select columns and gutters,

grid designer: grid

then select typography,

grid designer: typography

then export. Nice.

Tobias Battenberg took a projector and Akzidenz Grotesk out onto the streets, and came back with these fantastic images.

akzidenz grotesk


These and many others will soon be available as desktop & iPhone wallpapers. Many thanks to Tobias. Inspired by Tobias (and Batman), I plan to take my own projector out, and experiment. I’ll post the results here.

Nice spread from Non-Format:


Font of the week

Fidel Black by Chilean Luciano Vergara, and available through Latinotype. Inspirada en el compañero de Cuba:

font: fidel black

Fidel Black PDF specimen. There’s also an iphone wallpaper designed by Luciano, and set in Fidel Black, here. Also used to set this article’s masthead.

Free fonts

lavoisier free, open source font

Not only is it free to download, but it’s distributed under the SIL Open Font License. You can even download the FontLab file.

lavoisier free, open source font

Featured faces

Capricorn, a compact, modern sans from Jens Gehlhaar:


Hannah is a playful type that would work really well for certain poster designs:


New fonts

From Jeremy Dooley of Insigne, Kasuga Brush:

fonts: kasuga brush

Type links

50 Useful Design Tools For Beautiful Web Typography
Josef Müller-Brockmann Flickr Group
TypeTalk: Top Fonts of 2008
The abbreviated typographer
InDesign Inspiration — Nick Sherman
The Journal of Urban Typography
Evaluating fonts: kerning
26 Years, 85 Notebooks
Design Observer: Archives — typography
FontShuffle gets 50 new fonts
iPhone emoticons
Font Lorry
Polish diactrics in signage
Open Baskerville
How not to space headlines
World-Ready Composer in Adobe CS4
jQuery sIFR plugin
An interview with Mark Simonson:

mark simonson

Kinescope is my favourite Simonson script. And Proxima Nova is a pretty special sans (comprising 42 fonts).

Great article on the first Arabic script printing press, by Pascal Zoghbi. Al Zakher founded the press in 1734, and it continued operating until 1899:

The First Arabic Script Printing Press in Lebanon

It’s not metal, it’s not wood; it’s wool. Meet Thread Red from handmadefont:

thread red by handmadefont.com

Thomas Silkjær contacted me about a project he’s working on: an 840-page book about Bible design & production. Hope to get my hands on a copy when it’s published:

bible design and production


Typographic inspiration can be found in numerous places. I found this beautiful engraving from master engraver Sam Alfano:

sam alfano

It’s not typography, but it could certainly inspire some beautifully crafted typographic ornaments. And remember that all images on Sam Alfano’s site are copyrighted; so, look, marvel, and be inspired to create designs of your own. Be sure to check out Sam’s other site, the MasterEngraver.com.


Paula Scher looks back at a life in design:
YouTube Preview Image

paula scher

Recommended reading

I mentioned this book a couple of weeks ago. If you’re looking for a tome to inspire, then this is for you. I often take this one to bed with me (not sure whether that says more about me or the book). Here’s a spread from Typography 29 to whet your appetites:

tdc 29 spread

300 pages, hard bound.


SVA Summer Program in Italy 2009 (feel free to buy me a ticket).

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica & the New York City Subway (Thursday, 5 February, 2009) with typographer and calligrapher, Paul Shaw.

airport alphabet by Matthew Carter

And if you haven’t read Paul Shaw’s article on the subject, then head on over to AIGA.

TDC Salon: What I See (Thursday, 19 February, 2009), featuring Kevin Smith, former partner of Giampietro+Smith.


The TDC Salons are held at the Type Directors Club Center at 6 pm every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted ). 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018.

Name that typeface

I still receive quite a number of emails asking me to identify typefaces. Would love to help (and sometimes I do), but owing to the volume of emails I receive, I just can’t reply to them all. So, even you need to ID a typeface, then click through to the wonderful Typophile Type ID Board:

typophile type id board

Also, take a look at my post on identifying type — lots of additional resources.

Type blogs RSS

I’ve added a several more type-related blogs to the OPML file. You can download here, and then import into your feed reader. If you think I’ve missed some good ones, then let me know.

One you really must subscribe to is Thomas Phinney’s new blog, Phinney on fonts:

phinney on fonts

It’s included in the above OPML file.

Win a book

To celebrate … (I don’t know what), I’m going to give away a type book. This week, I will choose, at random, one of my followers on Twitter. The chosen one gets one of these books: The elements of typographic style, The complete manual of typography, Thinking with type, or The secret history of letters. The winner gets to choose one.

And finally …

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be adding new features to iLT, including a comprehensive recommended reading section. Thanks for subscribing, reading, and commenting. And thanks to everyone who sent in links. Perhaps the easiest way to send me links is via twitter; and, if you use the hash tag #ilt or  #ilovetype then it’s even easier for me to track them. Have a great weekend.


  1. Another fantastic issue. I will definately be using the grid designer for my latest project.

    Some very nice fonts there, especially that free font Lavoisier.

  2. Great post :)

    Tobias Battenberg work is creative as hell :)

  3. I’m interested to see what’s going to make it into the recommended reading section, is it going to be strictly type or include other points of reference (that may have been a stupid question :P).

    The projections from Tobias look fantastic. You might be interested in the people over at Graffiti Research Lab. They do some really cool installations, one project springs to mind, Free Borf - a graffiti style, animated projection. Another project of note is LED Throwies.

    Great post as always :)

  4. Great post once again!
    Those projections of Akzidenz Grotesk are absolutely inspiring.

  5. Great post again John, thanks for collecting the resources! I simply love the Akzidenz Grotesk series, nice idea on the larger images. Haven’t seen masterengraver before, great work. Have a great weekend.

  6. It’s an honor to have not one, but two, items in your post that I was involved with (the Simonson interview, which I designed, and my InDesign mag interview). Thanks for the mentions!

  7. I’ve used Grid Designer for Inspiration Bit’s new design, so handy.
    Akzidenz Grotesk projections are indeed amazing, look forward to seeing your experiments with the projector, John.

    So it’s not #ilt but #ilovetype hash tag on Twitter now (why did you cross out #ilt)?

    I should check if we have a boneyard in Vancouver. Off to download Lavoisier now. Thanks!

  8. maeda

    Those type projector pictures are most interesting thing i’ve seen in a while.
    Please make them all to desktop size, amazing..

    and, awaiting your pro-ject results too!

  9. Thanks for featuring our Bible design/production book. I will be sure to share more info about availability etc. when we have it.

  10. I’m not a typophile (yet!) but I am really enjoying your blog. Lots of interesting stuff. Really found Tobias Battenberg’s projected font photos extremely clever and wonderful. Thanks for introducing me to some amazing things.

  11. reggyR

    Lavoisier is pretty damn fine! Great post as always!!

  12. Welcome to iLT, Amie. Really like your Industrial Perch & Winter Country prints.

  13. I love Tobias’ work, it’s so unique and appealing. Great post.

  14. Hey Folks,

    thanks for the wonderfull feedback here to my Akzidenz Grotesk work.
    I love to hear that you like it!

    For all who are interested: You can order a set of postcards on my site:

    You’ll get 22 postcards (DIN A5 Format) with a lumback-binding incl. international shipping for 17.90 Euro (about 22 $)

    Simply press on “Artikel in den Warenkorb legen” - and pay via PayPal.

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  15. love every single of it,
    typo is at its best, and hope it stay that way.

  16. Mark

    Glad you mentioned Hannah. I really love it.

  17. I read that excellent interview with Mark Simonson and immediately felt all warm and squishy and empowered and wanted to start designing my own fonts on the spot… which, of course, I never will owing to extreme procrastination and lack of focusing ability.

    The Grid Designer does look very interesting, though. I might actually try that.

    Great article!! Thanks!

  18. cool cool…i’ll try to use grid designer, thx for the info

  19. Sama

    Great post. Very interesting to hear Paula Scher talk about helvetica in her early years.

  20. Christopher A

    I really like Sam Alfano Leaf Script.
    I want to learn how to do leaf script can anyone suggest good books on the subject?

    Thank you.

  21. those are most interesting thing i’ve seen in a while

  22. Great round up! the Tobias Battenberg images are very inspirational, sparked up a couple ideas of my own once the weather gets a bit warmer.

  23. Excelent Fidel Black !!!

  24. This is an awesome article: from the grid designer which I love to the sifr jquery plugin to the free Lavoisier font. This is why I ready this blog diligently.

  25. Muy interesante tu website y con muy buena información sobre fuentes tipograficas, es una muy buena fuente para despejar dudas sobre todo loque tiene que ver con tipos.
    Un saludo desde Colombia

  26. This has really been helpful

  27. Wow, that projection of the letters is awesome, and the grid creator is super helpful too. I will definitely be putting that to use. Thanks!


  28. Victor Zuniga

    Im really thankful that i found this website, Fidel black is one of my favorite fonts now..

  29. Sunstar Lotto Results

    very interesting post!

  30. Great post; very interesting post!!!

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