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Curly Quotes

June 28, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

The standard QWERTY keyboard, like its predecessor the typewriter, has a single key for opening and closing both single and double quotes (and for the apostrophe which is the same as a closed single quotation mark). From this we get ‘straight quotes,’ or ‘dumb quotes’ which at arm’s length and squinting, might pass for proper apostrophes and typographic quotation marks, or as I call them here, curly quotes.

Posterama

June 22, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Jim Ford’s latest type family takes retro-futuristic poster lettering of the twentieth century and recreates its various styles along a streamlined typographic continuum. It’s an odd concept, retro-futurism. Its depictions of the future show us an idyllic age of scientific achievement, clean and abundant energy, adventure, leisure, and general tidiness. Using the years as a reference, Posterama’s styles represent major art movements that defined letter shapes, Arts & Crafts, Bauhaus, and Art Deco to name a few.

FontCast #25 — Frank Grießhammer

June 17, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

David Sudweeks interviews type designer and developer Frank Grießhammer, where he discusses his introduction to type design and his interests in code and type.

Letternews: Fonts For Editorial Design

June 16, 2016 by
FontShop Team
FontShop Team

Good editorial design makes communication easy. Only the best stories, with compelling illustration and photography, and outstanding typographic schemes can power the editorial staff through to their next publications.

Adventures in Space: Spaces

June 14, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

To conclude my Adventures in Space series, I would like to take a look at the different kinds of spaces. While Spacing, Kerning, and Tracking focused on the space between characters, this last episode examines the spaces outside the words. There is quite a bit more than just the word space – if you select the Insert White Space fly-out from the Type menu in Adobe® InDesign® for example, you discover a dozen different space characters. And when you are designing for the web, Unicode provides several different space entities for online use. Using the right kind of space can make your life easier, and it will definitely help you improve your typesetting.