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  • Re: Your opinion on super heavy discounts on MyFonts.

    If Weight Loss Nude Pics Whiter Teeth Pro is monospaced neo-grotesque it will catch on with the undesign crowd and you’ll be guaranteed positive writeups from design critics who will assume the entire thing is a Dutch conceptual art project.
  • Re: A Great Summer Offer for a Brilliant Tool

    The same DTL customers were happy to notice that we adapted the manual though.

  • Re: Should we enable polls on TypeDrawers?

    After a week of voting, the yes/no results were dead even, with 16 votes each. I think it’s safe to say the opposition felt more strongly than the other side, so we won’t be enabling polls for now.
  • Re: Should we enable polls on TypeDrawers?

    That's why not.
  • Re: Reactions: How insightful is Insightful?

    I think they should all stay. If you don't like them, you don't have to use them, and they are invisible in desktop browsers until you mouse over them.

    I can think of a few more that might be useful, but there's always the workaround of simply replying.
  • Re: Should we enable polls on TypeDrawers?

    I wonder if people who don't want polls will object to this poll and abstain, thereby skewing the results against their wishes?
  • Multi-lingual / multi-script typefaces

    Hi there,

    I'm working on a book that will include texts in eighteen different languages. Here's a breakdown:

    Latin script:

    Cyrillic script:

    Other scripts:
    Greek (modern)
    Chinese (Mandarin)

    Is there a single typeface that can handle all of these languages/scripts? Helvetica World, perhaps? (Merely finding a typeface that includes Vietnamese diacritics seems difficult – but perhaps I'm looking in the wrong places.)

    If not, does anyone have any thoughts as to how they'd approach this? Perhaps one typeface for Latin and Cyrillic and something comparable in terms of colour and spirit for the other scripts?

    Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • Re: The Eternal Letter: the Book and the Event

    Kent, everyone who was a subscriber to what was to be Codex 4 is entitled to a copy of the book. I sent an email out to check everyone's mailing address, asking that they respond in four days, but you were not among them (the email didn't bounce back). Can you send me your address privately?

    James, thanks for noticing: here's the link:
  • The Eternal Letter: the Book and the Event

    I am pleased to announce the publication of The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital, edited by Paul Shaw and published by The MIT Press. It is the first in an annual series called "Codex Studies in Letterforms." The books will be available wherever books are sold in the U.S. next week, a couple of weeks later in Canada, sometime in March in the U.K. and Europe, and in April in Asia and Australia. It can be ordered now on the various Amazon sites.

    The series is the outcome of the late Codex magazine. As the magazine had become more ambitious and more focused on themes, turning it into a book series made the best sense; the headaches of distribution and shipping would taken up by others, freeing us to concentrate on content. We've also had generous support from Adobe/Typekit, Monotype, Mark Simonson Studio, and Courier Corporation. The terrific John Boardley signed over the keys to Paul, who's now running it with Linda Florio, the designer, and me as producer, coeditor, and general impresario. Paul and I are longtime friends and I was producer of the MIT Press edition of his Helvetica and the New York City Subway System.

    What distinguishes this book from most other books about type and letterforms is that its authors—there are 24 of them—are largely master craftsmen, including many of the leading type designers, stonecarvers, and letterers of our time mixed with serious historians. The contributors include John and Nicholas Benson (in a deeply informative conversation with Richard Kindersley), Frank E. Blokland (on the transition from Classical letterforms to type), Matthew Carter (on the making of his Mantinia type), Ewan Clayton (on Eric Gill's capitals), Lance Hidy (on his Penumbra type), Jost Hochuli (on Walter Kaech), Jonathan Hoefler (on Requiem), Scott-Martin Kosofsky (on the birth of Adobe Trajan), Gerry Leonidas (on Adobe Trajan Greek), Martin Majoor (on Jan van Krimpen's capitals), Steve Matteson (on Goudy's inscriptional letters), Gregory MacNaughton (on Father Edward M. Catich), James Mosley (on the Renaissance revivals of Classical letterforms), Werner Schneider (on his Senatus type), Paul Shaw, Julian Waters (on Waters titling), Maxim Zhukov (on the Trajan letter in the Soviet Union), Yves Peters (on Trajan at the movies), and Paul Shaw on very many things. 

    It's a big book, well printed and bound (hardcover), with well over 400 illustrations—full color throughout—including many things that haven't been seen in print before.

    We're working on the next two volumes: Aspects of Typographic Modernism (2016) and a book about Neoclassicism, concentrating on new research about Bodoni and his circle (2017). And we've mapped out five further volumes. Our aim is to publish serious work on serious typographic and lettering subjects. We are eager to hear your opinions and ideas.

    AND . . . there will be launch event at the Type Directors Club, New York City, on Thursday, February 19th, 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission is free (thanks to MIT Press), but they ask that you register in advance, so we don't run out of food and drink, especially drink.

    I apologize to the moderator for using this noble forum for making such a blatantly commercial announcement, though it does come with an offer of free food and drink. I do, however, believe the book will have considerable value to many of you, and might provide fodder for future threads.

  • ATypI Tech Forum

    Hi everyone.

    I'm helping to organize the technology day at ATypI this year. I'm interested in ideas for subjects and demos as well as actual talk submissions (details here: The deadline is March 14.

    Cheers, Si