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I Love Typography

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I Love Typography
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Through Thick and Thin

By David Jonathan Ross Ever since I started to draw type, one of the challenges that has intrigued me the most is figuring out how letters carry their weight. Arranging thicks and thins and determining the contrast between them is crucial in assembling the systems of shapes that form a type design.

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Reviving Caslon

Part 2: Readability, affability, authority [read part one] When their words are put into print, writers want the text to be inviting and welcoming, so that readers will read what they have written. And they also want the text to have an aura of credibility, so it will be taken seriously and maybe even accepted.

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The making of Acorde

After five years of intensive work, my type family Acorde is finally on the market. It is a reliable workhorse for large, demanding design projects. The typeface’s name is derived from a corporate design typeface. However, Acorde is not only suitable for corporate design programmes but for information design and editorial design too.

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Ode, a Fresh Start for a Broken Script

When designing a typeface, I prefer to explore a construction principle rather than revive an existing typeface idea. These principles or writing models are based on the tools and techniques originally used. Understanding these workings are often a great source of inspiration for me.

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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, […]

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Biome — the making of a typeface

A biome in nature is essentially an ecosystem. It’s also the name for my new typeface family. And now that the 14-weight Biome™ Wide family is complete, I’m able to look back on the process.

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Designing Armitage

I had been studying this style of letters on similar buildings in Washington, D.C., and something about them always felt a little dull. But in the Claremount letters I found life in the charming way the awkward proportions and loose spacing came together.

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The Making of Vesper

By Rob Keller Vesper was developed over the course of almost three years. For this article, I’ve divided the process into two stages: #1 during my studies at the University of Reading; and #2 After Reading. Hopefully through this highly-condensed-yet-still-rather-wordy account of this project you will learn some interesting bits regarding my first major type […]

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The first one’s the hardest

by Jeremy Mickel I remember clearly the day I was waiting for the 6 train at 33rd Street and Park Avenue in New York. I had taken pictures of type on the street for some time, but there was something here that caught my eye. There was a plastic sign on a door with letters […]

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Newzald: From Moleskine to Market

By Kris Sowersby In this article I will attempt to illustrate my design process—from typeface concept to a marketable font. Not many folks are willing to write about this. Perhaps they find it boring, irrelevant or just a little bit personal. I suspect it is a mix of all the above.

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Font Creation Case Study: Joules

By Alec Julien Always looking for typographic inspiration, I bought a cheap calligraphic pen set over the summer, convinced that my doodles with it would make some magical letterforms. A week and dozens of pages later, I was left without anything interesting or vaguely artistic. Then, one night, tired and despairing, and having run out […]

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