Commercial Classics Journal entry on the how the digital processes of making type today differ from the days of moveable type. “We made all of the faces in the Commercial Classics library digitally from start to finish. However, the originals they were based on were made in the traditional analogue method that had been in use since the fifteenth century,“
Fontself partnered with Francis Chouquet and Daniel Hosoya to bring you super-packed creative advice to help you up-your type craftsmanship. They synthesized their top recommendations & illustrated them as part of two new articles on the fontself blog: The first entitled ‘How to draw better letters for your fonts’ and the second builds on this wisdom with tips for consistency in ‘How to design a typeface system‘. (Use these tips to develop your own typeface with Fontself like I did here)
The bold identity celebrates the rich character of Digbeth, an area that has been a place for manufacturing since the Middle Ages and played a key role during Birmingham’s industrial revolution.
Designed by Bernd Volmer Seraphs is font family that encompasses multiple typographic styles in one single system. Unlike other families with a sans and serif style, Seraphs doesn’t stop there. Utilising variable font technology Seraphs delivers 6 genre in one font and allows the user to define intermediary styles meaning the aesthetic possibilities are vast!
Rather than technical perfection, he wants his typography to “convey a feeling”: “it’s the imperfections that inspire me more”, Fabio tells It’s Nice That. His typeface, Güggeli, was inspired by “a house in Denmark with windows that were always totally awry. It’s not the most legible font, but it’s one that conveys a mood”. The balance between clarity and playful details is explored in his second typeface, Increase, too. “It’s chaotic and stubborn, but also very personable,”
TypeTogether started the Programme as an initiative to help promising typeface design students develop their careers. Dr Gerard Unger, who taught José Scaglione and Veronika Burian and inspired many more generations of young type designers, was an avid supporter of the Incentive Programme from the start.
When a display face is redesigned for smaller sizes, its thin strokes are thickened, its gestures are amplified, its proportions are adjusted to favor small shapes (the entire lowercase usually gets substantially bigger), and additional white space is added wherever it can help relieve congestion: counters are enlarged, apertures opened, and inter-character fit is loosened. The net effect of these changes is an overall widening of letterforms as they get smaller, as a quick comparison of related text and display faces will confirm.
The third of Niteesh Yadav’s type in AR installments “Rapid advancements are happening in the hardware and software parts of AR implementation, but it is clearly visible that text is a matter of least concern to engineers and developers at the moment… As a type designer, we spend countless hours to get that right shape and in the end, if we see the whole thing rounded off or distorted, that is a huge blow to the heart.”
Quentin Schmerber’s Esad talk on Baskerville in France (and his changing relationship with English typefaces) released as a video capture, its honest, insightful (nerdy!) and delightful - check it out and after the jump note the links on the right to other speakers from the event.