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Sex, lies, & type

Welcome to a slightly later than usual week in type. Lots happening in the world of web fonts — links to the best content below. There’s also free stuff, so don’t click away.

I’m thrilled by the launch of a new type foundry, Mota Italic. Congratulations to Rob and Co.

mota italic type foundry

As others have noted, the shopping cart is particularly novel and intuitive. Be sure to check out Vesper, their present flagship typeface; it’s bursting with lots of OpenType features, including numerous smart contextual alternates.


This article’s header is set in Vesper Pro Italic & Heavy Italic.


This wonderful invitation for Ale Paul’s TDC talk on November 3:

ale paul invitation

Nancy Harris Rouemy from the NYT Sunday Magazine designed it with ten (yes ten!) of Ale’s fonts. I wonder who can name them all.

Love this series of photos from Lajos Major:


A web site from Ascender Corp., dedicated to the Frederic & Bertha Goudy:


New Fonts: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective is a wonderful piece on the H&FJ blog. I’ve always loved their specimens (both on- and off-line). A must-must read:

New Fonts: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective

It’s no secret that Trajan is the movie typeface. If you don’t believe me, then take a look at this Flickr pool:


Some fine alternatives to Trajan over at FontShop. — via @zeldman

Which leads nicely on to this great piece over at the FontFeed, about the making of the Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles:

Typophile Film Fest 5 opening titles

I’m sure you all know Nicholas-Felton. Now he has most of his portfolio on Cargo. Nice:


I think I’m going to be buying a copy of alphabeasties and other Amazing Types (I’m sure I’ll have children one day — when they come genetically engineered not to cause trouble and puke over one’s clothes):


You can read more about it at the brilliant Grain Edit. — via Christian Schwartz.

iA (Information Architects, Inc.) has posted a great piece about their pitch for the redesign of the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. They’ve even posted the entire proposal online — a 95MB PDF:


I like their choice of Frutiger Next & Frutiger Serif (Meridien), and the idea of highlighting key words in blue to facilitate scanning. Be sure to follow iA on twitter.


Typembrya by Oded Ezer from www.odedezer.com on Vimeo.

LAIKA, the dynamic typeface:

And a little more info about the project at Laika.ch.

I like this video promotion for Neuforma:

We’ve had Helvetica the documentary; now:

No comment. And, if that’s not enough Comic Sans for one day, here’s an entire book set in Comic Sans. Someone had to do it.

Be sure to check out Jos Buivenga’s Wild Type Gear:


New faces

At last, a sans-serif companion to Mrs Eaves. Meet Mr Eaves Sans:


And if that’s not enough, there’s Mr Eaves Modern. Thank you Zuzana Licko.


A redesign and update of Linotype Really. Meet Really No. 2:


This is fun. A slabby Western by the name of Cowboyslang, from Hype for Type:


Featured face

First up is the lovely Starling from Font Bureau:

starling typeface

An interesting back story to this typeface. You can read more about it over at FontShop (scroll almost to the bottom of the page).

The wonderful Aunt Mildred:


Specimen from FontShop’s Flickr stream.

Web fonts news

Lots to report. In addition to growing support for the new Web Open Font Format (WOFF) specification, there’s this wonderfully exciting taste of what the future holds, and how browsers will one day begin to take full advantage of OpenType features: read After Firefox 3.6 – new font control features for designers and be sure to watch the video.

WOFF sample page — you will need the latest development version of FireFox to actually see the fonts at work (or wait until FF 3.6). Let’s hope the other browser vendors get behind it, and start implementing support for WOFF.
Boing Boing Redesign Uncovers Web Font Ignorance

Where to get Web fonts

Better Postscript CFF font rendering with DirectWrite.

Typotheque has now released its Web fonts. Comes with a 30-day free evaluation, so why not give it a go:


I used it while they were testing the service, and It’s pretty easy to set up.

If you’re wondering how it all works, then watch the video:

They also have a comprehensive FAQ.

From Typotheque to Typekit — nice use of David Březina’s Skolar. Site designed by Jason Santa Maria for Liz Danzico:

bobulate by Liz Danzico

Type links

An interview with Rob Leuschke
Ellen Lupton on 90s typography
Web typography techniques
Designing a font to preserve a vanishing language:


League of Type voting
The awful new Hilton logo
Covering the Good Books
Matthew Carter and Hamilton Wayzgoose
I have seen the shadow of the moon
Serene Infoboards
The Art Institute of Chicago — Pentagram
NBC Sued in Font-Related Flare-Upvia

Need a new wallet? Look no further than:


via @danoliver


Type as Object — Oct 20 through Nov 20:


Typo Zürich
Typographic Exploration in Hangul
Adopt a Bodoni

On a lighter note

Think you can tell Helvetica & Arial apart? If you read my Helvetica versus Arial from the archives, you’ll be well-prepared for Ironic Sans’ Arial-Helvetica quiz:

arial helvetica

via @typophile

And the winners are…

Congratulations to Dan Reynolds for winning gold in the Designpreis Deutschland for Malabar (his third award for this typeface):


And another three cheers for David Březina for winning first place at the Gransham International Type Design Competition for Skolar Pro (Cyrillic):


Available for purchase later this year from Type Together.

Free stuff

Seb Lester has kindly agreed to give away one of his wonderful prints. The winner gets to choose from Tits Arse or Hellfire.




To be in with a chance to win one of these great prints, simply be following @seblester and me, and tweet about this post. Be sure to add the hashtag #ilovetypography, then I can find you and enter you into the draw. I will announce the winner early next week.

And finally

If you haven’t already RSS-subscribed, then you can do so with a mere click of your mouse. Would be nice to see ILT squeeze past the 50,000 mark. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this week’s the week in type. Have a productive and happy week.


  1. I love Jason Santa Maria’s design of Bobulate. It’s so simple and readable.

    I’m a big fan of Typekit. I think it’s really going to change the way we handle type selection on the internet. I’m looking forward to their font collection growing too.

  2. Ha! From Njarðvík to Reykjavík. Those are places in Iceland. (I’m talking about the Neuforma presentation).

  3. Cobalt

    What type are the captions of this article set in ? They look really nice, even at this small size.

    +1 for Jason Santa Maria, bobulate really makes me want to use Skolar.

  4. Speaking of: Arial “strikes back” in my “JPod” paperback from Bloomsbury. The whole sans-serifed text is printed in Arial instead of Helvetica. Which is shocking for a Coupland book, who loves Helvetica. See here.

  5. johno

    Skolar Italic is used for the captions.

  6. Cobalt

    Thank you ! That’s two for Skolar then.

    Nice post by the way ;)

  7. Re: The Arial-Helvetica quiz…

    Only 19 out of 20. I feel shamed to have missed Mattel. Will Helvetica ever forgive me?

  8. ‘Starling’ is a pretty tasty font. Some good video footage this time, also.

  9. Be still my heart, there’s a lot of type-love here. Mrs. Eaves now has sans-serif companions, there’s a helvetica wallet dissing arial (slim for 2009 budgets) and WOFF news. This post was worth the wait - thanks! I love your blog.

  10. All this info and such a little brain, getting through all this is gonna take me a week! Loving the Lajos Major photos, nicely shot. Didn’t realise that Trajan was used so much on film advertising, nice little factoid for the guys here in the studio.

    Thanks for the knowledge.

  11. Jane McGovern

    “New Fonts: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective is a wonderful piece on the H&FJ blog.”

    Oh COME ON. This is totally ghost-written by Jonathan. Can’t you tell from the semi-victorian flowery prose that permeates all of his other posts & writing? F for Fake, F for Fail. You guys will believe anything.

  12. LAIKA is awesome. I’d love to be able to shift through weights as seamlessly as that with a multitude of fonts. Imagine what it could mean for future type and graphic designers alike.

    That fact that it’s built with Processing makes it even more exciting… I really, really love what Processing is doing to the world of design.

    All the discussion about web fonts is intriguing, and I imagine it must mean the world for some, but I am really not that amazed by any developments. Windows ClearType will destroy those gorgeous fonts; they will not be anti-aliased properly or as lovely as they will be on a Mac. A real development would be Microsoft adopting such font rendering in its OS and casting ClearType into the fires of Mount Doom.

  13. I really quite like Mota Italic and the photos by Lajos major. So much stuff here! Typography heaven. Thank you for sharing all the resources.

  14. dam :D im always crashing my firefox because i´ve open all URL in tabs :d ROFL

    nice and extensive article… lets see what references had to tell me more about typo :D

  15. Love the Mr Eaves fonts and boy is that Helvetica ad genius :)

  16. Question: Where can I download (if they are available to download) the type history series?

  17. CdM

    Hello, I wrote about your website in our blog, Thank you! I Love typography too. CDM Miel para el Asno - Spain

  18. Wow, I visit this site for the first time. Seb Lester must be a design genius. I really like the birdy-font :-)

  19. Great Typography! a lot of artist don’t even realize how important it is? especially creating flyers. Everyone thinks there a graphic designer when in fact to me a few are.

  20. johno

    It was always my plan to expand those type history articles, and make them available for download as a PDF. However, I need to finish the series first!

  21. kex

    Interesting collection for typographers:
    (the newest covers of largest magazines)

  22. wow….great font information. thank for share that ..

  23. Love the “alphabeasties and other amazing types” , thanks for sharing.

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