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Biblioteca Bodoni Launched on Bicentennial Anniversary of Giambattista Bodoni’s Death

As the year slowly draws to a close I’d be remiss not to mention Biblioteca Bodoni, a project launched last September to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Giambattista Bodoni’s death (1740–1813). The website is designed to encourage awareness for the legacy of the legendary Italian printer (born in Piedmont but producing most of his work [...]

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Try Thousands of Webfonts From FontShop For Free with WebFonter

FontShop is constantly at the forefront of font technology, developing innovative tools to facilitate and enhance the work of (web) designers. Today the world’s leading retailer of digital type and publisher of the largest library of original contemporary typefaces launched its latest project. WebFonter aims to become an indispensable tool for anyone designing for the [...]

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Deadline for Walter Tiemann Prize in Three Days

Fellow Typophile, regular Fonts In Use contributor, blogger for the esteemed competition and all-round nice chap Florian Hardwig pointed out to me that the deadline for this year’s Walter Tiemann Prize is almost upon us. This international award honours innovative typographic design ideas in book design. It is aimed at those who consider the book [...]

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Shady Characters Shines Bright

Before I dive into my review for Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities (The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks is the slightly more prosaic tagline for the American edition) I would like to explain something. You may have noticed that – even though I sometimes may have some criticism – usually [...]

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Michael Harvey Passes Away At Age 82

Two weeks ago, on October 18 the type and lettering world was saddened to learn that Michael Harvey, whose health had been declining for some time, had passed away. Tributes have appeared online, one of them by iconic American type designer Sumner Stone, who wrote this wonderful epitaph (PDF): I am saddened by the news [...]

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ATypI Amsterdam 2013

This year I attended the full programme at ATypI 2013 Amsterdam “Point Counter Point”. The main part of the conference is always preceded by two days devoted to two tracks of programming, with close focus on specific techniques and ideas, plus workshops (which I didn’t attend). Even though I have no academic background in typography [...]

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Seven of The Myriad Reasons Why You Should Read Works That Work

Besides attending the ATypI 2013 conference as a reporter/blogger, I conducted three short interviews for Talking Types, the podcast series by FontFont – more about them later. I was however also interviewed myself by Typotheque’s Peter Biľak, who produced a short video to promote his excellent magazine Works That Work. The video asks seven ATypI [...]

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Only at ATypI…

We are just back from ATypI late last night, still reeling from a wonderful week in Amsterdam – learning, absorbing insane amounts of information, being a fellow geek amongst type geeks, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and taking in the incredible atmosphere. This year the conference coincided with no less than [...]

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