Autorenarchiv: Indra Kupferschmid

Students and font licenses

Below, a comment from a Typedrawers discussion from last year that sparked my list of educational discounts for fonts. Recently, a friend who will take a new teaching position in the fall, asked my advice about classroom licenses and purchasing font collections, so perhaps this note is of help for more people here, too.    I teach undergraduate […]
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Auto-optical

Size specific designs are (luckily) more popular and talked about than ever before. Users as well as type and software companies are discussing how the use of different design variants can be made easier and more intuitive, or best even automated, so that if you set the typeface in a certain font-size, the appropriate optical […]
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The task of the designer is sometimes also to prevent things

20 years ago I learned this from Lucius Burkhardt in school. These days I turn to Mike Monteiro in my weak hours. “Why make something that isn’t great?”, as Jackson Cavanaugh puts it. Or rather, why release something that isn’t great? Make as much as you can, but think about what you put out into the world. […]
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Mike

Nick: I told Stephen the other day that I want to be Mike Parker when I grow up. Indra: I told DB that I want to be Mike Parker, too. And DB told me that Kent wants to be Mike Parker. Nick: I think everyone does. How could you not.   Photo by Jay Rutherford, TypeCon […]
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Things in Use

Some weeks ago I was interviewed for one of these Uses-This websites. Here is what I use as of December 2013.   Who are you, and what do you do? I’m Indra Kupferschmid, a typographer and professor at the University of Arts Saarbrücken in Germany, right at the border to France. I design with type, look at […]
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Die Römische Linkskursive

Gunther Schmidt is tracking the traces of the “linkskursiv” roman and italic lettering style, commonly used on maps, for years now. We were in contact a couple of times about this. Via three articles on his blog, he was able to dig up quite some information including this great lettering specimen from the “Musterblätter für […]
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hurst

Please. I don’t want to read any more Bringhurst quotes in ‘typography on the web’ and ‘choosing fonts’ articles. Especially not the one with typography exists to honor content. Get beyond Bringhurst, people.    
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Typographic Chinese Whispers

Our HBKsaar project together with Typeradio and the t]m class of 2014 at KABK The Hague. Presentation next week Friday, February 7, 15:00. Hallo bitte kommen!    
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grrxynwissbusuabkpf

There’s this point at the end of semester when I just can’t take the commute anymore. Fearing to, or actually missing my train connection twice a week or more, hanging out one or two additional hours in lame Koblenz or Mannheim station. Days will be busy in the coming weeks, with Rundgang at HBKsaar and then […]
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Sarre by Sascha Timplan

If I was to write about one typeface published in 2013, it would be Sarre by Sascha Timplan of Stereotypes. A bit random, and because I have a soft spot for these compact sans-serifs with angular notches, but an embarrassingly huge part because of its name and regional associations I have. And that although I’m […]
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