Lots of new type-related goodies from House Industries. I want this ampersand pillow:
Another new web fonts service from fonts.com (Monotype Imaging):
You’ll need to request a beta invite. I haven’t had the opportunity to test it yet. Let me know if you do.
Wish I could make this. A lettering-themed walking tour of Midtown East of Fifth Avenue with Paul Shaw.
A great new podcast from 5by5. Dan Benjamin & Jeffrey Zeldman talk to Ethan Dunham & Jeffrey Veen about web fonts.
MOVABLE TYPE: perhaps nowadays few will know the exact meaning of these two words, but until the middle of the twentieth century a letter was a small piece of lead, and to use it for printing you literally had to move it around, by hand. In the 20th century big machines like the Monotype, equipped with keyboard, were used for typesetting; but until 1900 all type was set by typesetters, by hand. This simple object: a piece of lead with a letter on top, formed the central part of Gutenberg’s invention, back in the middle of the 15th century.
Though I have the utmost respect for Massimo Vignelli, and am a fan of his work, his we use too many typefaces is just plain wrong. It’s by no means the first time Vignelli has voiced these views. If you have no idea what I’m writing about, then watch this video:
Dan Reynolds’ review of Bibliothèque Typographique’s
first book, José Mendoza y Almeida