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Encyclopædic type

It’s been a little while since the last week in type. I have so many links, so many new releases, so much news to share, I wonder where I should begin. I know, let’s start with a great site based on a very simple idea — Typedia is an encyclopedia of fonts, or in the words of its creator, a mix between IMDb and Wikipedia, but just for type. It’s not that the information is not out there; it is, but where this site, the brainchild of Jason Santa Maria and co., succeeds is in putting that information all under one roof, so to speak. My favourite feature is the Good Deeds page, which makes it really easy to contribute.

typedia, the typeface encyclopedia


Type Daily is a new site from ILT. It’s simply a aggregation of type-related content on the Web:

type daily

I will be organising the feeds a little, and adding a number of personalisation features in due course.

New fonts

There have been so many releases since my last week in type, so here a just a few to whet your appetite. A sans to begin with:

Organic from Neil Summerour. I think this is one of my favourites to come from Neil’s hand:

Organic fonts from Neil Summerour of Positype. Sans Serif. Humanist Sans

There’s also a brief write-up about Organic on the MyFonts blog.

Always excited to see a new release from Mark Simonson. Here’s something inspired by Italian Art Deco posters of the 30s. Meet the wonderful Mostra Nuova:

Mostra Nuova, Art Deco inspired font from Mark Simonson Studios

Joining FF Unit and FF Unit Rounded is the new FF Unit Slab:

ff unit slab

There’s a great article on The Making of FF Unit Slab, on the FontFeed. Well worth reading. There’s also an exceptionally creative digital specimen on Issu. The PDF version is here.

Inspiration

Absolutely love this piece by Joseph Newton of Veer. The type is P22 Kilkenny by Paul D Hunt. Two great talents, and a wondrous result:

Type: Horsehair by Paul D Hunt. Typography: Joseph Newton

Not a fan of the blurb — Merging the concept of typographic narrative with the dimensionality of paper,… — but like the concept, and love this piece from Ryan Riegner:

RYAN RIEGNER erode

Via @elliotjaystocks

Some good work from JHQ. Like this ad they did for Veer:

JHQ

Name the typeface!

I love to ‘paint’, so this scene is heaven, but wish I could produce something like this:

ABCNT

More here.

Came across the work of Tania Alvarez, via Ministry of Type. Fabric Type:

Tania Alvarez

Like the Letter Playground from Nate Williams:

letter playground

Nate has plans to open the site up for submissions.

I have a hard time keeping up with the posts on we love typography. Here’s just one of my recent favourites: Suitcase’s Tabac carved in stone:

tabac

Video

Fans of Helvetica, reach for the Kleenex, and watch Helvetica Destroyed:

Fontplore, an interactive application designed for searching and exploring font databases. They should team up with Typedia.

Marionettype. Actually Marionetten from Fabian Wolf. Very clever:

And in honour of the brilliant Ed Rondthaler, who died last week at the age of 104. Here he is poking fun at English spelling:
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Lovely article on Ed, over at The FontFeed.

Type links

Type Online — Ministry of Type
Jan Tschichold — Master Typographer (book review)
A lost Caslon type: Long Primer No 1
The different faces of type
What is Typekit? — Typophile
Collection of apothecary inspiration
Jack Pierson — neon signs
The making of Phaeton
CSS text rotation
Beautiful fonts with @font-face
Granshan 09 Type Design Competition
‘Punctuation hero’ branded a vandal
Blanka: Müller-Brockmann
Focus on FontStructors – Paul D. Hunt
More reasons to get excited about Typekit
Automatic page numbering
Typekit pricing
T Magazine
Typemytype.com font creation tools — via
IKEA opts for Verdana
New fonts & typographic features in Snow Leopard

Study terms and type anatomy while drinking your coffee from this Font me typography mug:

typography mug

New foundries

Typejockeys, a new foundry from Austria. Setup by Anna Fahrmaier, Thomas Gabriel, and Michael Hochleitner. Beautiful looking Web site, and some lovely types too:

typejockeys type foundry from Austria

Be sure to read the article about them on TypeOff.

The second is BAT, a new French foundry set to launch very soon. BAT (The Bureau des Affaires Typographiques) is Jean-Baptiste Levee, Bruno Bernard, Patrick Paleta, and Stéphane Buellet. Leave your email and they’ll shout the second they’re open for business. And, of course, they’re on twitter too.

Letterpress

I recently commissioned Paperedtogether to print my ‘business’ cards. Printed on 300gsm Lettra, set in Skolar regular and italic:

paperedtogether letterpress

And Justin at Typoretum in the UK, has letterpress-printed a limited edition of my Typographic Restraint piece:

typoretum

typoretum-for-ILT

I must say that credit should go to the designers of Restraint, namely Ross Mills and Marian Bantjes. I simply set the type. And that’s one of the wonderful things about this typeface — it’s such a joy to set and to play with. It should be in everyone’s type library. It’s available through Tiro Typeworks (brief review of this TDC 2008 winner over at Typographica). The print is now available from the ILT shop. Use the code “twitter” for a 10% discount (available for the first few days). And, if you’re looking for great people to work with on your letterpress projects, then I recommend both Krista of Paperedtogether and Justin of Typoretum — they both have ink in their veins.

Fontgame app

The Fontgame has proven hugely popular, so it’s about time we gave it a complete overhaul and release it as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app should launch next month. 700 type samples, three levels of difficulty — from somewhat difficult through exceedingly difficult —, plus many other features. And, we’re already thinking of new stuff for version two.

fontgame app

My co-conspirators (the guys who do all the hard work) are Kari (creator of the original fontgame, and co-creator of WLT) and Justin of the iPhone Typography app.

And finally…

The above is just a fraction of the links I collect, so I’m going to try to incorporate a sidenotes feature on the home page. Not sure where it will go; will probably end up redesigning ILT completely. Anyway, thanks for reading and thanks for sending in links. Enjoy type, and enjoy your week.


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  1. Wow — blown away by Tania Alvarez’s fabric type!

    Nice to see TWiT back again…

  2. Nice to see typographic refinements in the Snow Leopard Terminal. Strange that that’s the first place where I noticed any.

    About me and Justin doing all the hard work, that isn’t exactly the case - we just do the work that appears to be hard.

  3. Nice to see that TWIT is back!!!
    Now to open all of those interesting links.

  4. Very inspiring post! I love Mostra Nuova!
    The typeface of the Veer ad is Affair.

    Greetings from Italy :)

  5. Loving the business card, John. Looks like the printing turned out exceptionally. Good luck if you decide to redesign your site.

  6. Josef Go-Oco

    Nice letterpress pictures! And what a breathtaking header. ;)

  7. Wow, this is exactly why I keep following this blog. Impressive quality control on your materials. Much more so than in other blogs I follow. Well worth the extra wait between each update. :3

  8. If you happen to visit Typedia, make sure you get a glimpse of the blog. There’s a fascinating and thorough breakdown of the Typedia logo (by John Langdon). Along with some interesting follow-up comments, too.

  9. It makes me tired just thinking of how much time you put in collecting this information let alone writing the article. I feel well informed on all things type as well as inspired.

    Thoughtful articles like this blow away aggregation sites and the ever increasing “50 Inspiring Typography Sites” which are usually no more than a list of links.

    Thanks.

  10. Andrew M:
    One could argue that this site is mostly a list of fonts!

    I have nothing against lists of links, provided they are good and inspiring. When you go for fast updates and big numbers like 50, many of those sites are bound to be bad.

  11. Quakeulf

    ILT is a list of fonts like Google is a list of links.

  12. Patrick Kulumba Gies

    So, releived ;p
    Thanx for the sources, the links and for sharing them to us.
    Keep it goin.

  13. 7point34

    definitely Affair from Sudtipos.

  14. Daniel Escudeiro

    Typeface @ JHQ’s work: Affair from Sudtipos!

  15. Johno, you’ve got some nice purchases for this month. ;)

  16. Kari:
    So if I Google for fonts will the world fall on my head? =O

  17. Oh man I’m digging the “organic” font by Neil Summerour.

  18. The new fontgame is looking pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t have an iPhone or iPod touch. Is Fontgame v.2 going to have the same 700 samples and 3 levels of difficulty?

    Also, the veer ad is Affair (like everyone else noted) and the fontgame screenshot looks like it’s set in Scala Sans, except the sample picture (‘fargo’) which is Bau.

  19. The destruction of Helvetica! Pish, pash, posh, your video cannot…make…me…wheep [sniffle]..

  20. Holy S@*T! Some of these fonts are awesome!
    Great article very informative.
    Loving the the fabric font its very organic, gonna give that ago myself. Just checked out Typedia a very good resource, in fact THIS website is a great resource. I’ll be back tomorrow, thanks for sharing!

  21. Thanks for great list of resources, the organic font is gorgeous.

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