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How Idris Ackamoor’s African odyssey helped shape Afrofuturist jazz

Vinyl Records

Balto

Earle and Marden<p>I’ve been working on projects in Scott Dadich’s orbit for the last several years. I did a lot of stuff for Wired while he was …

Balto

National Geographic Nameplate<p>Godfrey Dadich Partners (GDP) approached me about designing some new typefaces for <i>National Geographic</i> as part of their …

When Whales and Humans Talk

Harry Brower Sr. was lying in a hospital bed in Anchorage, Alaska, close to death, when he was visited by a baby whale. Although Brower’s body …

Archaeology

The Internet Isn’t Forever

Maria Bustillos | Columbia Journalism Review | February 2018 |2900 words (12 minutes)<i>This story is published in collaboration with the</i> Columbia …

A typeface is not a tool

The assertion “a typeface is a tool” is a typical justification for making new typefaces. It’s convenient, reassuring and sounds practical. It’s also …

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of …

Travel Photography

The Crazy Stories Behind 6 Of The World’s Rarest Colors

The rare pigment collection at the Harvard Art Museums conjures up magic, colonialism, and mythical cow pee.<p>There’s a rare collection tucked away in the Harvard Art Museums–but not of art. It’s the Forbes Pigment Collection, a vault of more than 2,500 pigments from across the world that chemists …

What Really Happens When Someone Stares at You

Being stared at can make many people feel highly uncomfortable and look away. This response to another person's apparent visual display of dominance …

Remarkable People We Overlooked in Our Obituaries

The poet Sylvia Plath and the novelist Charlotte Brontë. Ida B. Wells, the anti-lynching activist. These extraordinary people — and so many others — did not have obituaries in The New York Times. Until now.

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 …

Typography

How to space a typeface

The adjustment of space between letters in typeface design is correctly considered by many as being as important as the design of the shape of the …

Typography

Foundry Guides « MyFonts

This document describes the various aspects of publishing your fonts through MyFonts.<p>The creative, technical, legal and promotional aspects of making …

Typography

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

Making Antarctican

In February of 2016 designer and photographer Alistair Hall tweeted an image of a vintage luggage tag from the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation …

Analoog #1: Interview with Piet Jacobs

<b>I met Piet Jacobs in November 2017, during the Dutch ‘art of the book’ fair (Boekkunstbeurs) in Leiden. He was in one of the stands, selling a</b> …

Give us some credit - Articles - Type Together : High quality fonts and custom type design

background<p>To begin with, type design is a problematic field when it comes to crediting for several reasons. It can be done by a single person working …

Typography

Typography on the Subway: A Trip Around the World

⚠️ Heads up! This article is heavy on images and if you scroll to the end, you’ll have consumed 11mb in data. You may want to save it for later if …

Regarding the Em Dash

Punctuation, largely invisible and insignificant for normal people, as it should be, is a highly personal matter for writers. Periods, commas, …

FontShop

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

Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue

In the late 19th century, tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there.<p>In August 1886, when curious Parisians opened up the newspaper</i> …

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany

The soda was made from apple fibers and a cheese by-product.<p>It’s February 1944, and Berlin is attempting to recover from American aerial bombing. But …

Over deze Surinaamse held hebben we het te weinig in Nederland

Onder de aankondiging van de serie Verzwegen geschiedenis, Lees hier de aankondiging - en meer over deze serie. waarvan u nu op het punt staat het …

Meet Isotope

Inspired by a style of lettering invented to convey precision and reliability, Isotope is a new family of typefaces designed to be both luxurious and …

More than words: 6 typefaces that changed how we see the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've always been fascinated by type and typography as the central pillars of communication, rather than merely as part of a design toolkit, and have been studying them throughout my career.<p>A few years ago, I became aware of the absence of any definitive histories of type and, working with …

Nara – the typeface that never existed by Andrej Krátky

I was very lucky to receive my earliest training in typography from my father. Besides teaching me calligraphy, he taught me to respect the …

Typography

Science fiction when the future is now

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Six authors parse the implications of our unhinged era for their craft.<p>Lauren Beukes,<p>Lauren Beukes’s latest volume is <i>Slipping</i>, a …

Why a Maritime Forecast Is So Beloved in the United Kingdom

This weather report has been making waves for 150 years.<p>For the penultimate song on their 1994 album <i>Parklife</i>, Blur chose the swirling, meditative …

The Mystery of Maine’s Viking Penny

The coin is the real deal, but how did it get all the way from Norway?<p>The story that Guy Mellgren told about the curious silver coin began on the …