I Love Typography


Welcome to another roundup of what’s new in type. If you missed the interview with French type designer Alice Savoie, then be sure to take a look. Alice’s next typeface, Capucine will be released through the Process Type foundry. Follow them on Twitter, and you’ll be informed the moment it’s released.

Not quite sure how I failed to mention this before. Chester Jenkins & Kris Sowersby bring us Galaxie Copernicus:

Galaxie Copernicus

the seriffed sister of Galaxie Polaris. And speaking of Kris Sowersby, I received this stunning KLIM type foundry specimen in the post. KLIM is Kris’ foundry. The specimen is really a well-designed book. (There should be a photo of it here, but I couldn’t find my camera’s USB cable). There are few foundries that actually produce good printed type specimens. H&FJ is one of the exceptions; Typotheque another. Can you name a few more? There are some. A limited number of Kris’ specimen books will be available on vllg.com.

Right now, Kris is on a speaking tour of Australia. Dates and venues can be found on the AGDA Web site. And here are the tour posters:



Designed by the talented Duncan of The International Office. The poster is set in National (Kris Sowersby) and Exotique (Kris and Christian Schwartz) for House Industries’ photo lettering collection. I’d love to get my hands on these posters.

If you like your type tight, then you might like this t-shirt:

yo kern

Via @fontbureau.

New fonts

First the eagerly anticipated Anonymous Pro:

anonymous pro by mark simonson

I’ve been using Mark Simonson’s Anonymous for coding, for … a long time. The updated Anonymous Pro is a family of four fixed-width fonts. Oh, and did I mention, it’s free! (copyrighted freeware). Be sure to take it for a spin. I think you’ll be impressed.

Discovered this absolute gem of a script from @stwef. Linotype Gneisenauette. Here used in NewWork Magazine:

Linotype Gneisenauette

Fantastic, isn’t it. Available through FontShop.

The Axel family from FontShop AG comprises four fonts, and displays exceptionally well on screen.


The four fonts are just US$19. That’s a limited-time offer, so be quick. Also, see what Dan of TypeOff has to say about Axel. Also featured on the FontFeed.

Typonine Sans from Nikola Djurek:

typonine sans

A double offering from award-winning SuitCase. First up is the slab serif Kulturista:


And Nudista, proffered as an alternative to grotesques like DIN.


Rolet by Simon Page:

rolet by simon page

Not available as a font file, but available as vectors. There are many more interesting type treatments in Simon’s Typography is everything Flickr set, and on his blog. Via Paul D. Hunt on WLT.

Stefan Hattenbach has completely redesigned his Web site:

mac rhino, stefan hattenbach

I’m still a big fan of Stefan’s Anziano and its lovely set of ornaments:

anziano ornaments

(The ornaments either side of the RSS feed count are Anziano).

Computer Arts devotes an entire issue to typography:



Be sure to visit Darren Scott’s Typographics blog:


Cyrillic typeface competition

ParaType announces the 2009 International Type Design Competition — Modern Cyrillic.
Open to Cyrillic typeface projects and completed typefaces created and/or
released after January 1, 2006. No other restrictions. No admission fee. Deadline is August 24, 2009.

Typographic sins

Meet — yes, I’m not joking — Helvetica Pointed:


I shall say no more.

Type talk

An interesting discussion on Typophile — initiated by Matt & Aaron of RBtL — on a donation-funded, non-profit, free font foundry.

Web fonts

Since the announcement of TypeKit, the Web has been awash with talk of Web fonts. The following will bring you up to speed:
Typekit blog:


Examining TypeKit
Why TypeKit will change everything
TypeKit — another layer of complexity

My thoughts (briefly):
I’ll be outlining my thoughts about Web fonts in my upcoming (yes, I know it’s been a long time coming) Why type matters article. Right now there really isn’t that much information available. We don’t know how many foundries will be involved, and we have no idea of the pricing structure, so I’m ‘waiting and seeing’. What I am happy about, is that the years of hot air are finally beginning to condense. That someone has the gumption to actually make this happen — that impresses me. Ultimately, if you don’t like the idea of paying for an additional or extended license for Web embedding, then the solution is pretty simple: don’t buy it.

And it looks as though Typekit already has a competitor (though at this stage they are merely competing ideas, rather than competing services). It will be interesting to learn more about Richard Rutter’s solution. In all of the discussions about Web fonts, the only thing that annoys me (and I don’t lose any sleep over it), is that some feel that they somehow have a right to use fonts for Web embedding. I think it’s important to put oneself in the shoes of a type designer who makes his or her living from selling fonts. Type designers should be no more obligated to give away their fonts, than Lexus should be obliged to give away their cars. Anyway, this year could prove to be something of a watershed for type on the Web. All in all, very exciting.


After an initial ban by the silly Victorian prudes at Apple, Eucalyptus is now available from the app store. It’s an iPhone e-book reader with access to some 20,000 English-language titles. The text displays beautifully:

Eucalyptus e-bbok reader for iphone

At $9.99 it’s not cheap, but I do think it provides the best reading experience for the iPhone. Pocket Picks has a good review. 20% of gross profits from Eucalyptus are paid as a royalty to the non-profit Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

TypeDrawing is another iPhone app:


Not revolutionary, but for $.99, it’s fun. There’s a Flickr group too.

Type links

Typography’s Role in the Newspaper Recession
Register for TypeCon
Type for the Web — RBtL podcast
Fresh & refreshed — FontShop news
MyFonts — Rising stars
Keith Morris
Royal Mail’s Royal Insignia
Eurostile vs Bank Gothic: This Time It’s Personal

Other news

WLT’s co-creator, Kari is working on a raft of new and brilliant features. Our aim is to get more people involved. But rather than open it up to everyone (which invariably will dilute its strength), we’ll be enabling a secondary kind of contributor account. Stay tuned for more news on that. And while I’m the subject of WLT, here’s my WLT pick of the week:

Jonathan Calugi 0n WLT

My first ILT poster should go on sale some time next month. A fairly simple affair. A screen-printed poster, set in Restraint, and printed on A2 black Plike paper. Limited edition of 150. This is not the final design, but it will resemble this:

restraint poster

I’ll also be giving two of them away. My second poster will be of my own lettering. There are still several of Seb Lester’s Mightier posters available from the ILT store. More designs coming soon.

I’ll soon be launching ILT’s gargantuan give-away. 40 wonderful prizes from the likes of Veer, FontShop, and House Industries, plus books, t-shirts, software, posters, and much more besides. 30 of the 40 prizes will be distributed via Twitter, so be sure to follow ILT. You can always unfollow afterwards. I won’t be offended.

Have a great week.


  1. James

    Hi, i’m curious if there is something like TypeDrawing for mac (or pc) in form of program, or better in form of plugin for illustrator. Would be great to make things like this without too much skills, wich i haven’t :)

  2. James
    You could do something similar with PhotoShop brushes.
    I’m sure someone released some code for a type drawing app. I’ll see if I can find the link. Unless anyone else out there remembers.

  3. James

    Yes i know it could be done in photoshop, but i prefer illustrator. I think especially for that kind of job is better to use vectors. Thanks for reply. Btw ILT is very great site, thanks for it.

  4. “Can you name a few more?”

    TypeBook 2
    Jeremy Tankard published 2 book specimens: Very well designed, the last one with 2 essays.

    “The two texts included have been written by Neil Macmillan and Jan Middendorp. In the first text, Neil reminisces on the years leading to the digital revolution in typesetting. In the second text, Jan discusses ideas that directly affect the practice of type design today.”

    Note also that major foundries such Monotype-Linotype seems to have decided to don’t print anymore printed specimens. And several good specimens exist now only as pdf in various foundry websites.

  5. Justin

    Helvetica Pointed…good lord. I can’t decide if it’s slightly better or slightly worse than that damned Helvetica Serif thing that was floating around the internet a while ago.

  6. Galaxie Copernicus looks really good.
    Kris Sowersby has been producing some really inspiring work!

    Nice post!
    Have a great week!

  7. Mike

    Justin: You didn’t read the description. It’s merely a twist.. it could be any typography. The point is Pointed:) This enables a type designer to seek new features without the trouble of creating a completely new typeface. It’s just a new point of view. You can’t download it. It’s not a typeface.
    Like Sans, Serif and Rounded, you can make Pointed from now on.
    Helvetica only serves as a presentation of a type feature.

  8. that T-shirt is really cool. The kerning should be 0, right? And what is the font? I’d say it’s the font between Sans and Serif, but still should belong to Sans.
    Anonymous Pro is great… I see the similarity from it to Courier, which is also a fixed width sans font.

  9. Very interesting collection of fonts here, I feel like the web has given a new meaning to all sorts of design (web, print, etc). Fonts are more accessible and more people are interested in typography which takes designs to a whole new level.

  10. Regarding well-made specimen books, I have a really comprehensive, useful specimen book from LucasFonts, and House Industries is known for the extraordinary effort they put into their releases, ranging from meticulously executed period photos (see http://talleming.com/2008/07/08/studio-lettering/) to typographic furniture and apparel. And it’s not a foundry, but Veer’s occasional type brochures are always inventive.

  11. “Type designers should be no more obligated to give away their fonts, than Lexus should be obliged to give away their cars.”

    Be careful not to conflagrate two very different things here. If I was to break the law and distribute a font without licensing it, the designer might be out the money he would have received from the licensing, but unlike if I stole his Lexus, he’d still have his font.

    I’m not advocating that type designers not get paid or that licensing is bad. Just that we think clearly and realistically about what’s going on without spreading the same kind of confusion the RIAA relies on (namely trying to act like software piracy is the same as stealing physical property). The two things may be equally immoral but they’re pragmatically VERY different—the ‘intellectual property’ metaphor only stretches so far before it begins to break down.

  12. That issue of Computer Arts Projects was excellent, well worth a look. It has some interesting insights form type designers about their processes. The article I found most interesting was discussing the legibility of decorative fonts, and how much you can try to get away with.
    Guess it comes back to that age old debate of balancing form & function.

  13. Mark

    Say what you will about the Windows OS and Microsoft, but they did a wonderful job with Consolas. It’s an absolutely fantastic coding font. I wish they’d release it for general use, but luckily I do a lot/most of my coding in Windows.

  14. Thank you for posting the Galaxie Copernicus. That has got to be the nicest looking roman typeface I’ve seen since I entered the digital world five years ago. As if my opinion on the matter matters, I could find no subjectively objectionable glyphs in the entire font…and I always look for one. Really likable on this end. Not much else to say. Thanks for the lead.

    And that’s not just because it has a really cool name, either.

  15. The links to Nudista don’t work. The real one is this: http://www.suitcasetype.com/index.php?lmut=en&part=fonts&font=27

    I really like all of the featured fonts this time, especially Anonymous Pro. Picked it up a week or so ago. Wish I could afford Nudista, however.

  16. As a coder and a bit of a typography fetishist (hey, I follow your blog) I was quite surprised and exhilarated to see a coding font in here. Gave it a spin, but… quickly reverted to my standard open source coding font (whic is a sans): bitstream vera mono (http://www.dafont.com/bitstream-vera-mono.font)

    I must say that I prefer sans fonts for coding, code is already very confusing to read, function over form, so a sans gives more “rest”.

  17. Galaxie Copernicus looks really good.It makes me inspiring.

  18. David Boni
    That’s odd. Was working yesterday. Fixed now. Thanks.

  19. Shekhar Sahu

    Wow, this is awesomeness. Rolet is something I was reverently looking for… Thanks again for such a resourceful blog and as always it rocks!

  20. Really interesting post, definitely bookmarked! I’ve always looked around for good blogs on typography, line height, spacing, etc… but I Love Typography is definitely the best. Thanks again!

  21. always great posts! congratulations!

  22. Gary

    Saw Kris speak last night. Had an eye out for the poster with a view to nicking it, but none on display. Very disappointing. Great talk though. Kris was drinking and swearing the entire way through. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  23. faitdodo

    Great post!

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