“We believe that type foundries don’t want to be spending time and money maintaining websites. We also believe you shouldn’t have to settle for reaping only a fraction of the revenue of sales that major marketplaces pay out in royalties. Fontdue removes this hurdle by providing the tools you need to run a foundry with no upfront cost, and a pricing model that scales to your size. We take care of running and maintaining the technology so that you can focus on designing and marketing your typefaces.”
Behind the fonts is series of designer interviews aimed at highlighting the people and process behind the fonts you love and use. This installment features Jessica McCarty, an award-winning designer of handwritten and calligraphic fonts. McCarty founded Magpie Paper Works, a boutique typographic foundry specializing in hand-drawn fonts and custom lettering. She also co-founded Rare Bird Foundry in 2017, where she transforms select artists’ calligraphy into premium OpenType fonts.
The 2019 Font Purchasing Habits Survey is a research initiative to support the type industry. The survey will last for 45 days - August 27 - October 11. Take the survey and as a thank you, you’ll get 15 awesome Monotype fonts for free! The survey is available in 6 languages - English, German, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese.
“I think graphic design needs more benevolence, and young type designers need more help to highlight their work and find clients and collaborators. I think they need a digital place where the public can test their work to help them acquire more visibility,” says graphic and type designer Floriane Rousselot, the founder of Typelab. A digital platform, Typelab is a space to do exactly that: showcase the work of young typographers who are unable to sell their fonts through more established and traditional type foundries.
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.