Designworks undertook a studio project Pepeha.nz – a website to help all New Zealanders introduce themselves in Te Reo Māori. ‘The Pepeha typeface is reminiscent of the land, the culture, the people and generations that have gone before us, both modern and timeless. Limiting the use of straight lines meant we were creating something that felt like each glyph was carved from the land itself. Something natural and formed organically.’
Type Designer Mark Frömberg shares how important self-made program tools are to his type design practice. Together with TypeThursday founder Thomas Jockin, Mark goes into how you can start to integrate coding into how you make fonts, a brief discussion on Higher Order Interpolation (HOI) and finally do you need to know programing to make variable fonts.
Can you imagine transporting yourself through place and time to ancient Rome? Designers Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger did precisely this when exhaustively researching their latest release. “This would turn out to be not just a design challenge, but a conceptual historical endeavour, like an archaeological dig.”
James Edmonson of OhNo TypeCo’s latest article talks about the business of starting out in the type design business and the shortcomings of his debut typeface. “I was too excited, eager, and inexperienced to care. Obviously, one cannot see the things one cannot see, but slowly, mistakes born of naivety began to show their ugly faces one by one.”
The Galapagos typeface with its geometric letterforms and swooping descenders is one beloved by designers. Designed by Dinamo and Felix Salut, the typeface was originally developed from a game Felix designed titled the Galapagos Game. Felix’s original incarnation was acquired by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as a nugget of design history, but now there is an affordable, pocket version.
This Black Friday, Typotheque set up a new e-commerce model (limited to 1 week only) allowing consumers to choose how much you want to pay for their fonts. You get exactly what you pay for. Glyph by glyph - increase the payment with a slider and you’ll increase the functionality and completeness of your selected font - a valuable lesson in the worth of type design.
Check out this gorgeous custom type by Philipp Herrmann of Out of the Dark Type Foundry. The design was done in collaboration with Landor Milan for the Campari Group - its not on https://www.outofthedark.xyz/ yet (although you can check out more of Herrmann’s brilliant work there) but you can follow the twitter account to see more from this project as well as other custom type projects.