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Month: October 2007

Apostrophes don’t swing both ways

By Julie Elman I admit it. I have a serious apostrophe pet peeve. I hate to see backwards apostrophes used in place of omitted letters. Example: I’m really into rock ‘n’ roll, especially from the ‘60s. Those reversed marks get me every time. Might as well just stick the sharp end of an apostrophe in […]

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So you want to create a font: Part 2

Choices, Choices, Choices [So You Want to Create a Font — Part 1] The sheer number of fonts out there (MyFonts.com sells over fifty-five thousand) is a testament to the fact that there are nearly an infinitude of creative choices that can be made when designing a font. Of course there are the basics: serif […]

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Sunday type: Spiekermann

Mr Type Erik Spiekermann is the HighLander of type. He was no doubt present when Gutenberg got his finger stuck in one of his prototype presses; and he’s still here–his enthusiasm for all things type has not waned. Designer of numerous typefaces including the huge FF Meta family, ITC Officina, FF Unit and many others; […]

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Made With FontFont

BOOK REVIEW Made With FontFont: Type for Independent Minds is a celebration of 15 years of the FontFont type library. The low-down (why do we never say “the high-up”?): it’s big, it’s yellow, has 351 pages and it’s divided into an introduction and five sections. Introduction A brief history of the founding of type distributor […]

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So you want to create a font. Part 1

By Alec Julien So you’re a brilliant designer, a master calligrapher, and you’ve learned all about serifs, side-bearings, and kerning. Now you want to create your own font. (What! You haven’t learned all about serifs, side-bearings, and kerning? Well, make sure you read all of the articles on ILT before you embark on font creation! […]

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Sunday Type

Fuel Injected Links I was oh so tempted to post the first in our series of So You Want to Make a Font, but it’s Sunday; and Sunday should be one of those easy days. And what’s more Sunday is my day off (from iLT, at least), so on the odd Sunday, I’ll post some […]

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Ellen Lupton The Movie

Don’t (dumb) Quote Me As there was so much interest in Ellen Lupton’s book Thinking With Type, I’d like to share this video of a lecture she gave for Escola Superior de Artes E Design (ESAD). If you can’t afford the book, then it’s a great educational piece; and, even if you have read the […]

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Subscripts: Type News and Links 2

Lisboa, Leopards and Links Typeforyou.org Oddly enough, this is a type site I only recently discovered. Type For You has a great interview with Ricardo Santos the designer of Lisboa Sans (amongst others), and lots of other type-related news, views and links. You might also want to take a look at my Flickr Group Typographic […]

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Kinescope Font Winner

Eu amo tipografia Thanks again to everyone who sent in their answers to the Kinescope Font Competition (a little over 400 entries). The last prizewinners were from the US and Canada. Today’s winner is Kazuo from Brazil where they say “Eu amo tipografia.” The question was, Mark Simonson Studios has one typeface in its portfolio […]

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Subscripts: Type News and Links 1

super size my type Recently I promised some short ‘newsy’ pieces. Meet Subscripts a new and ‘irregular’ feature, where I’ll list some typography resources, web sites and events. First to pop Subscripts’ cherry is: Smashing Magazine‘s super-size me feature, The Showcase of Big Typography, which lists a number of sites, that…you guessed it…use big type. […]

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