Category Archives: Type

Typografie et al

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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Let’s have an all-female-speakers conference next year. TypeCon? ATypI? TypoBerlin? I’d have many ideas. Discuss.
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Equality in our industry

“I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door, I’ll get it myself.” — This line from James Brown’s still timely song is what I have to think of every time I read another piece on gender and race inequality that stresses minorities and problems more than it offers suggestions for improvements. […]
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Typography on the Web

I’m pretty content. Almost all the things we got accustomed to in everyday (printed) typography are now also possible on the web — and more — if you only know and care enough about it. I don’t mourn poorly produced paperbacks when I can read a casual story on screen (and then delete it), nor do I miss huge […]
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Deutscher Gießzettel für Antiqua

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I had never loved Helvetica

I had never loved Helvetica. Despite of being an omnipresent typeface, I really noticed and used her first in the form of the bland system font on a Mac Classic for my very first piece of typesetting as a design student. Although I can’t blame my unrefined typography solely on the crude font, I avoided […]
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Live Type Research in Barcelona

For those who followed my talk this morning at ATypI in Barcelona, here are some updates as they unfolded just in the past hour. Thankfully, Nina Stössinger and Dan Reynolds told me after my talk that the (OMG-excellent!) Antikvariat Morris stand at the conference had a copy of the first edition of Tschichold’s Neue Typographie […]
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Typeradio Interview

My friends at Typeradio posted an interview with me this week which we recorded last December in Saarbrücken when Liza and Donald were over for a workshop at HBKsaar. Among other things, we talked about how I got into typography, Helvetica, Fonts In Use and typeface classification.  
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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 to more people here, too.    I teach undergraduate […]
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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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