Typography Weekly

By Ralf | The most noteworthy typography links

The Origins of the Word Logotype

Hermann Zapf & the World He Designed by The Kelly-Winterton Press

A comprehensive biography of the calligrapher, type designer, and typographer Hermann Zapf

The Fonts of Car Brands

An overview of the (usually custom and exclusive) typefaces used for car brands.

Typography

Font scandal at FIFA World Cup

“While millions of people are enjoying the excitement and drama of the World Cup matches, the type design community is outraged at the low level of …

Futura meets Blackletter—Reviving Krimhilde

In 2015 I published a revival of Elfen-Fraktur—a unique monolinear blackletter typeface. With the release of Krimhilde I am continuing on this path. …

Adobe Hidden Treasures: Bauhaus Dessau

Fonts based on sketches of Bauhaus designers exclusively available to Creative Cloud members.

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What does that funny squiggle mean?

A series of short BBC videos explaining glyphs like &, #, the interrobang and the pilcrow sign.

The Capital ß design: Can we create an uppercase character from lowercase?

Today’s demand for a capital ß (“sharp s”) character is a functional demand. And a very simple one at that. It logically follows from two points: How …

Airbnb Designed Its Own ‘Playful’ Font to Unify Its Look Across All Platforms

Airbnb has a new custom typeface, Cereal. The company needed a font that would not only make its visual identity more cohesive across all of its …

Dutch Type reprint now on Kickstarter

Dutch Type was published in March 2004 and was received with huge enthusiasm. Its 3,500 copies sold out in 3 years. The book soon became hard to find …

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Are two spaces better than one? A response to new research

An article by Matthew Butterick, responding to the study “Are two spaces bet­ter than one? The ef­fect of spac­ing fol­low­ing pe­ri­ods and com­mas …

Browser-based font inspection tool Wakamai Fondue launched

This tools by Pixel Ambacht shows font meta data, the character set, OpenType features, and generates CSS code for web use.

The ‘g’ in Google’s Old Logo Is Really Weird

A tale of two “g”s<p>In a recent study delightfully titled “The Devil’s in the ‘g’-Tails,” researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that most people are unaware of the common form of the lowercase “g” that appears in books. It looks like this: g. If you glossed right over that, notice that the …

Geometric Publica Superfamily of 54 Fonts – only $17!

If you're looking to beef up your typeface toolbox, this is the Mighty Deal for you! We don't just have a font family for you… we have a Superfamily …

Brilliant New Typeface Combines Touchable Braille With Visible Letters

With an innovation that makes you wonder why no one thought of it earlier, Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi has created a new typeface that allows everyone equal access to information, whether they can see or not. The 24-year-old just released his <b>Braille Neue</b> typefaces, where English and Japanese …

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Netflix unveils Netflix Sans, a new custom typeface developed with Dalton Maag

Netflix has unveiled a new custom typeface to be used across the streaming platform’s brand identity, developed by the in-house design team in …

Web Design

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Lussu file #2: Wines and goblets – CAST

Should Beatrice Warde’s ‘Crystal goblet’ be seen, at best, as a harmless promotion of Monotype?<p>In June 2006 <i>Progetto Grafico</i> hosted a debate on …

That London Tube typeface? Look again

I can’t believe it’s not Johnston!<p>It’s a point of embarrassment to me that I only learned a few days ago one of the oddities to do with Johnston, the …

Québec

Home » Letterpress Digest

The Podcast<p>An interview and informational show about all things letterpress.<p>The Letterpress Digest podcast is quite simple... we'll talk about all …

Future Fonts — A Marketplace for Unfinished Typefaces

We get a sneak preview with the team behind an innovative new way of creating and selling fonts<p><i>We speak to Lizy Gershenzon and Travis Kochel from</i> …

Typography

Unicode Emoji 11.0 characters now final for 2018

The new Emoji 11.0 set is fixed and final, and includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the …

Unicode

A brief history of Futura

“Futura is familiar. But its journey from avant-garde German type to hipster favorite is unusual.”

TypeMates — Making Meret

But how much can you improve the shapes, spacing and features of a design that is so tried and tested? I made a comparison between the early KABK …

Faune, Alice Savoie

For this new commission of a typeface family by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, we wished to associate the skills and domains of activity of …

New from Underware: the script family Duos

“Duos, a script for illusionists, comes in 10 styles. Whatever style you pick: apply this speedy monolinear handwriting font in large sizes, because …

FontShop

My colleague Norman Posselt, a typophile photographer who joined me on many visits to Darmstadt, captured macro images of punches and of printed …