Author Archives: Indra Kupferschmid

So many good webfonts!

Why limit yourself to just the same few over and over? The other day, an article was posted on A List Apart entitled “The Rich (Typefaces) Get Richer” (thanks Roel for showing me). I’m too much of a Sozialdemokrat to want this to happen; I’m a proponent of fitting font diversity (who is alas traveling […]
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Some type genres explained

I originally put together this classification for Typedia in early 2012 (before development of a new version of the site was stopped). It was meant to be practical rather than historically waterproof, hopefully not too sophisticated for newbies but with enough groups to aid adding typefaces to the database, and also helping with typeface selection and […]
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Typo 9010

First impression: Oh nice, it’s so light weight and soft! (Second impression: Mhh…) Third: Oh wow, so many typefaces, so many interesting people! Gotta flip deeper now, more impressions to come.
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The Pyte Foundry

Dies verspricht ein interessantes Projekt zu werden: Ellmer Stefan veröffentlicht jeden Montag in 2016 eine neue Display-Schrift, die nur für eine Woche kostenlos von der Webseite seiner Pyte Foundry erhältlich sein wird. Yay, kostenlose Schriften! Besonders neugierig macht mich jedoch das Konzept, auf dem die Schriften basieren bzw. gestaltet werden sollen. Er schreibt auf der About-Seite: […]
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Rabatte und Schrift-Trends

Eine Passage aus Sven Fuchs’ MA Arbeit, die mich nachdenklich gemacht hat: Können Preise und Rabatte typografische Trends beeinflussen und »schlechtere Typografie« zur Folge haben? (Schlechter im Sinne von weniger idealer, beliebiger Schriftwahl.) Sehen wir so unglaublich viel Open Sans auf all diesen Webseiten, klein und groß, weil sie die passendste Schrift für diese Seiten […]
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Fonts In Use turned five!?

Can’t believe we launched Fonts In Use five years ago today. What started as a humble blog with not even a handful of writers developed into an enormous, divers resource with countless contributors. One of my favourite posts still is the one about type at the Bauhaus that I wrote in the very early days […]
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Two tweets from my drafts

What’s the reason for the current thin-skinnedness in type all-around? I think, constant aggressive marketing causing stress and jadedness, and and sheer Existenzangst. Can’t blame anyone for being sensitive. Might need more fundamental changes than just shutting up in public though.
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Alphabettes

Unbelievable that it’s only been two months (Sept 10) since we launched Alphabettes.org, our new blog on all things type-related, and only one month more since we gathered together as Alphabettes, a loose group of women in type, typography, and the lettering arts. It’s been quite a summer (and we’ve been making quite some waves) […]
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Max Bollwage’s caricatures of type people

Today, my friend Max Bollwage turns 88. I was lucky to get to know this grand Gebrauchsgrafiker and illustrator from Stuttgart at a DIN-classification meeting in 1998 (perhaps the best thing that came out of this meeting) and we stayed in touch ever since. He can look back on a full career and life, designing […]
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Type excursion through Italy

Early June, I spent a week in northern Italy visiting print shops and other interesting sites on a small type field trip around Kerning conference. It was also an exploration of all the different types of trains Tren Italia is deploying these days. I flew to Milan Linate (wise decision), took the bus to the […]
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