On diacritics

By David Březina The globalisation of the type market and rising interest in multi-lingual typeface design is a source of great optimism among many typographers. Yet despite the proliferation of these beautiful new typefaces, many still do not support some European languages, let alone cater for African and Asian languages. In fact, contrary to the […]

Diacritical Challenge

Squiggly Bits This poster makes reference to the paucity of diacritics in English. And, when they are employed, they’re often used on loan words—like the French café, for example. Here’s a little pre-Sunday Type challenge for you: name all the diacritics (or diacritical marks), and name the typeface used. Poster designed by Michael Ciancio (you’ll […]

Sunday type: crossword type

Fraktur Mon Amour Before I begin, I’d like to thank all those who helped me fix a problem with some of my posts not displaying. Special thanks to Travis and also to Michael over at WP Candy. And all on Twitter. If you haven’t used Twitter, then I recommend it. Let’s get started with Brand Tags, […]

eXtreme Type Terminology

Part 4:  Numerals and Punctuation—by Paul Dean “The very air of the room seemed charmingly alive with little floating dollar signs and fat little ciphers, commas, more ciphers, all winging around happily, waiting for a mere scratch of the pen to call them into action.” —Dawn Powell, Angels on Toast, 1938. The Roman alphabet came […]

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