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TypeNotes issue no. three

Fonts for Editorial

May 31, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

In Beatrice Warde’s famous crystal goblet essay, she argues that the role of type is to invisibly convey its message, to carry the words’ meaning, and otherwise disappear. And I think it’s clear what she’s saying is that the typography ought not distract the reader from the text, but this “long-winded and fragrant metaphor,” finds its limits outside of “quietly set book-pages.” Editorial design operates under different constraints. Yes, minimize distraction while reading, but a number of other practical concerns peculiar to editorial work define the look and function of editorial faces.

ScreenFonts – May 2016

May 30, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

Our monthly review of movie poster typography looks at the posters for Cloro; Sold; Sacrifice; Criminal; Kill Me, Deadly; The Huntsman: Winter’s War; Barbershop: The Next Cut; Miles Ahead; The Invitation; and One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again).

Letternews: Fonts For Correspondence

May 25, 2016 by
FontShop Team
FontShop Team

Correspondence typefaces help establish an identity from the inside out. Unlike pro fonts that are made for designers and press operators, correspondence fonts require no design background and work in harsher office environments.

What is WOFF?

May 24, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

In his recent article Paring down webfonts in FF Subsetter, David Sudweeks mentions WOFF. No, this is not the bark of an adorable puppy, but the abbreviation for Web Open Font Format. Developed by Mozilla® in concert with Type Supply, LettError, and other organizations, it uses a compressed version of the same table-based SFNT structure used by TrueType, OpenType, and Open Font Format, but adds metadata and private-use data structures, including predefined fields allowing foundries and vendors to provide license information if desired. Sounds as complicated to you as it did to me? I will to try to explain what this all means.

Satyr & FF Legato

May 10, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Let’s take a look at Sindre Bremnes’ Satyr paired with Evert Bloemsma’s FF Legato: I’ll start by confessing this is a combination that type designer (and quite talented typographer) Nina Stössinger suggested to me a few years back after I published a Great Pair that admittedly wasn’t that “Great.”