Reporting from Typecon

Reporting from Typecon

I’m in Washington DC this week attending Typecon. The Society of Typographic Aficionados official convention. There are all sorts of programs and presentations with notable typographers and designers appearing as speakers. As well as exhibits and new products to see. I’m merely going as a humble attendee because for all the prominent projects my fonts have appeared in (movies, games, …


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Grunge Was Never About Typography

I’m writing in response to an article published a while ago in The Awl which looks at the decline and fall of “grunge” typography. It’s a good historical overview of the subject, but suffers from a fundamental flaw. The author thinks that there is such a thing as grunge typography. Grunge was a design movement and continues as a way …


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Review: The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)

Today it’s all about speed and ease of access and cross-platform accessibility, but there is something to be said for a slower process of writing and the mechanical experience of using a typewriter. When I first started writing and publishing I worked on an old Royal manual typewriter. With the Royal typing was like heavy manual labor. Then for years …


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Border and Ornament Fonts

You can try out a sample border font for free. Click here to download the working trial version of Page Rules for either WINDOWS or MacOS One of the traditions in type design over the years has been the production of specialty type of printers ornaments, rules and borders to help offset and balance text on a page. When working …


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Short Films on Typography

Here are several examples of informative short films on typography using a number of different, interesting presentation techniques of presentation. The first addresses the history of type and the second and third both deal with aspects of vocabulary and terminology in interesting ways. And finally a fun sarcastic video on the top 5 fonts to never use. No guarantee that …


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New Font: Shayne

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview We’ve featured some articles on the designs of pulp novel covers from the mid-20th century, including s look at the fonts used in those designs. We’ve also released fonts based on those designs, like suspicion. These old book cover designs are a great resource for period fonts and lettering, and in going through a …


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Featured Font: Malagua

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Malagua was originally released in 1999 and has been revised several times since then, culminating in this new release with improved weighting and additional special characters. MAlagua is based on examples of rough hand lettering from the 17th century. It has characteristics in common with some of our other colonial period fonts like Allegheny, Queensland and …


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New Font: Original Django

In an article last week we explored the origins of the font used in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and a bit of the history of the Django genre of films. That was part of the process of the development of an original font based on the lettering used in the original Django, a process similar to what was presumably used …


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The Fonts of 2012

In 2012 we released 18 new fonts. 14 of these were released as new, “featured” fonts and 4 were special releases as part of packages or promotions. The featured fonts also went out to our Font Club, while several of the special fonts have not even been available for sale until now. These fonts represent a wide variety of styles …


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Making Maps with the MapMaker Package

This is a step by step guide to designing a small map using the elements and fonts of the MapMaker package. This tutorial was done using Adobe Photoshop, but the same tools and commands are available in every good graphics program, including less expensive ones like PaintShopPro and ColorIt. To start your map off, use the text tool to type …


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Medieval Fonts and Art

Click any font to see a larger sample. he Middle Ages saw calligraphy and book decoration emerge as significant art forms. The demands of church and government administration as well as the birth of popular literature created a huge demand for written documents. Decorative manuscripts began to become popular with a wider audience, courts and governments required more and more …


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Fun With Typeshow

One of the amusing things about Typeshow, our new font preview tool, is that it logs what people type in as their sample text. This provides an interesting insight into how it is being used and the personalities of the users. The number one thing people seem to want a sample of is their name – in every possible typeface. …


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