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Make Austin weirder—send Yves Peters packin’ to SXSW 2018

Texas is known for its big hair, but follicular challenges won’t stop our Bald Condensed from taking the Lone Star State by storm.

Design Essentials #1 - #28

Dear designers,

Starting in November 2014, 100 e-mails were made for a dedicated group of design students and other desigers who expressed their interested in updates of their profession.

The reason for collecting the Essentials was to keep students…

ScreenFonts: August 2017 | The Leftovers

These posters didn’t make the cut, but are still noteworthy for their design and/or typography.

ScreenFonts: August 2017

Although it’s sunny and summery outside my studio in Belgium, this episode of ScreenFonts evokes the atmosphere of colder, darker climes. Let’s start with It Comes at Night and move on to 11:55, Kill Switch, The Beguiled, Cars 3, The…

Typography, from feudalism to democracy

By the end of the mechanical type revolution, the effort to serve a growing number of markets that used the Latin alphabet had led the metal letters in the machines to become virtual, while the limitations that mechanical typesetting imposed…

When lines roamed the earth

Much has gone into research and writing about the Gutenberg revolution, but some facets of the Mergenthaler revolution could bear a little more scrutiny, as you can imagine I am about to give them.

Jump in, the water’s warm

Much has been said and written—by everyone from operating systems developers, app developers, font developers, content-developing users, and just plain-old users—about OpenType variations. “As you were,” “Just a taste,” and “Whole hog!” are three of the many possible attitudes such…

Colophon

Opacity for all

In the beginning of digital outline fonts, people were not quite sure whether the line being drawn was opaque or transparent.

Remembering Margo Chase, letter alchemist

On July 22, the design community lost one of its brightest stars to a tragic aviation accident. An icon of graphic design, Margo Chase created extraordinary, evocative letterforms that deeply marked popular culture as well as hearts and minds.

Retype brings Krul, Winco, and Kade to Type Network

From bar windows to book covers to boats, the wildly diverse culture of the Netherlands informs a trio of types from this Hague-based foundry.

Coquette and Proxima Nova broaden their horizons

Welcome to the Mark Simonson Variety Show, where typefaces grow lighter and bolder and pick up new language skills!