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I Love Typography


A very nice, no-nonsense, humanist sans from Stefan Willerstorfer. Meet Acorde:

The origins of abc

Where does our alphabet come from? We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, you are looking at it now — the Latin or Roman alphabet, the world’s most prolific, most widespread abc. Typography is a relatively recent invention, but to unearth the origins of alphabets, we will need to travel much farther back in time, to an era contemporaneous with the emergence of (agricultural) civilization itself.

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Jessica Hische

Reviving Caslon

Part 1: The snare of authenticity

How much should a revival of a typeface look like the original? Well, just as with performing an old song—an analogy Matthew Carter has made—there is something you have to like in the original in order want to revive it. And you can’t depart from the original too much, or you lose the charm of the old song that appealed to you in the first place. But if it is too much like the old versions, it might be stale and dated, irrelevant. So what do you keep and what do you change? And change in what way? That’s the challenge every revivalist faces.

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Rue Display

Download Rue Display Semibold for free. You’ll need to sign up.

Ready Media

Just after the war (I don’t recall when exactly, but perhaps it was in the early days of QuarkXPress), I do recall trying to find good templates for magazines and newspapers. I found none — at least I found none that didn’t resemble something put together by the office Janitor who did the company newsletters in MS Word during his lunch-break.

Ready Media from Roger Black and Co. (a chap who knows more than a thing or two about newspaper and magazine design) has filled that gaping hole in the market.

Though some have been critical, the templates on offer look better than the average magazine or newspaper. Moreover, a well designed template is a good way for less experienced designers to get started, and a great way to become better acquainted with InDesign.

One commenter writes, What a huge setback for designers and magazine makers. Bunkum! Is a template (and remember they can be customized) always the solution? Of course not. They are targeted at a market that needs them. And as for those who complain that all magazines and newspapers will begin to look alike — they already do!

Good designers will continue to design great magazines and newspapers. These templates are another option — one aimed not at the entire market, but at a thin cross-sectional slice.

And better Roger Black than the janitor.

Two minutes with Nadine Chahine

An interview with Nadine Chahine of Linotype.

FontFont it!

Great, simple idea: Try out FontFont webfonts with FontFonter:

8 Faces

The good news is that Elliot Jay Stocks has published 8 Faces, a print title for typography enthusiasts. The other good news is that its limited run of 1,000 copies sold out in just a few hours. That leads us to the bad news: you won’t be able to get a copy, in print at least. However, you can download a full PDF version of the magazine.

Interviews and articles — the entire magazine devoted to typography. Issue two will be published at the end of the year, so be prepared.

iFontMaker for iPad

Has anyone used 2ttf’s new font editor for the iPad? iFontMaker [iTunes]:


Update: Detailed review of iFontMaker by @honeydesign. Thanks to @Luca_Paulina.

Eames House Blocks

These Eames House Blocks look great. Another hit from House Industries:

Child not included (I guess).

New Veer

Like the redesign of Veer. Especially the fonts section, of course: