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The First Female Typographer

In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities; Oxford university, for example, didn’t permit women to matriculate until 1920. Of medieval women, Sherrill Cohen writes that most were faced with three options: ‘marriage, monasticism, […]

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Beauty and Ugliness in Type Design

Peter Biľak on the process of designing his newly released Karloff typeface, demonstrating just how closely related beauty and ugliness are. Karloff explores the idea of irreconcilable differences — how two extremes could be combined into a coherent whole.

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Designing type systems

Peter Biľak I remember a conversation from back in my student days where my typophile friends and I debated what the ultimate typeface of the twentieth century was, a typeface that summed up all of the era’s advancements and knowledge into a coherent whole, one that would be a reference for years to come. Helvetica […]

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Who invented the alphabet? The Origins of abc

We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, you are looking at it now — the Latin alphabet, the world’s most used abc. But why do the letters look the way they do? Why, how, where, and by whom was the alphabet invented. This is the alphabet’s story.

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