Category Archives: Type

Typografie et al

You call it Hellenic Wide …

Antique Extended No. 2 from the James Conner’s Sons, NYC, 1888 specimen book   … I could describe it as a rational, unbracketed, wide slab-serif. US letterpress-people would call it an extended Antique (Antique as in slab with unbracketed, square serifs. Clarendon is the style with bracketed, thick serifs.) Germans call it an Egyptienne. This […]
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Evaluating the quality of a typeface

For a while already, I have been thinking about ways how users of typefaces can better assess the quality of different fonts and compare them to find the fitting choice for their work. Like students, graphic designers, even laypeople, leaving mere taste behind and have some criteria at hand to inform their decisions. This is […]
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Akzidenzschriften des 19. Jahrhunderts

Das Schriftschaffen des 19. Jahrhunderts wird gemeinhin als ein Zeitalter des Verfalls und des Niedergangs der Schriftkunst dargestellt, vor allem aufgrund der vielen gewagten, ornamentierten, fetten und anderweitig plakativen Akzidenzschriften. Ich habe das unzählige Male gelesen und nie so richtig nachvollziehen können. Allerdings sind diese Schriften auch wirklich erst in den letzten Jahren wieder ausgekramt […]
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Notes on the history of Akzidenz-Grotesk Part 2a – Timeline

A timeline of events related to the history of Akzidenz-Grotesk (to be updated as we discover new things): 1893: Berthold expands business into type founding 1895: Schattierte Grotesk Bauer & Co is shown in specimen book 1896: Bücher-Grotesk shown/released by Berthold (later AG condensed) November 1897: Berthold acquires Bauer & Co 1898: release of first […]
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Some notes on the history of Akzidenz-Grotesk Part 2

First read this post from a few years ago. This article here is only about the things we found since. “We” means Dan Reynolds, with who I talked a lot about this topic lately, and me and some other people mentioned in the text. But to recap in one sentence – there is every reason […]
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Ekkehardt vs Eckmann – Plagiatsvorwürfe anno 1903

Aus: Archiv für Buchgewerbe, Heft 5, 1903 (Autor: Chronos) Wir halten es für keinen glücklichen Gedanken, daß sich die junge Schriftgießereifirma Ludwig Wagner in Leipzig-Stötteritz mit der uns vorliegenden Schrift »Ekkehardt« einführt. Ebensowenig vermögen wir die Bedürfnisfrage nach einer weiteren Schrift, die zu der Gattung der »Eckmann« gehört, zu bejahen. Wir sind zudem der Ansicht, […]
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On the topic of female speakers at conferences (again, sorry)

In the past two years, a LOT has changed for the better and the more diverse in the design community (talking about my turf – communication design, typography, type – but most of my points below are applicable more broadly). I have not forgotten why we founded Alphabettes and while bro culture, mansplaining and the […]
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Post-graduate courses in typeface design and research

Applications for the next group at ANRT Nancy is open until June 30. One can apply with their own design or research topic or pick one of the proposed ones. No tuition fee and one even receives a €4000 research grant for the 18 months. Also open for applications, until June 15, is the post-graduate […]
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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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