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Stephen Coles


Stephen Coles
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  • Re: Books About Type Design and Founding in the United States of America

    • Gress, Edmund G. Fashions in American Typography, 1780 to 1930 with Brief Illustrated Stories of the Life and Environment of the American People in Seven Periods. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931.
      Gress covers “the various periods at which decided changes in the matter of type design or changed tastes in type arrangement took place.” I’ve had this one for a while but just recently dug into it. Pretty interesting to read about each typographic movement from a 1930 perspective. Plenty examples shown of both typefaces and typesetting.
  • Re: Donate to TypeDrawers (2017 Edition)

    I'll leave it to James to disclose budget and goals about the upcoming year, but the money raised in 2014–15 was almost exactly the amount needed to cover 27 months of forum service fees (the period of my ownership). Those funds run out this month. I don't think anyone is under the illusion that TD is a profit-making enterprise, but I hope James and Tiffany can raise a bit more than we did last time so there is a bit of compensation for their time.
  • Re: Books About Type Design and Founding in the United States of America

    From Oak Knoll, a few essential references on 19th-century metal type:
    • Annenberg, Maurice (additions by Stephen O. Saxe). Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1994.
    • Clouse, Doug. Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan: Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2008.
    • Loy, William E. (edited by Alastair M. Johnston and Stephen O. Saxe). Nineteenth-Century American Designers and Engravers of Type. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.
    And one on an essential 20th-century American designer:
    • Stock-Allen, Nancy. Carol Twombly: Her Brief but Brilliant Career in Type Design. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016.
  • Re: First font license

    Popping in a year later to say that CJ Dunn’s new eula-builder is a web tool for writing a font EULA based on selected options.
  • Re: Hall of Shame

    I have no problem with Peško designing and releasing a typographic interpretation of Gill’s ca.1905 alphabet, but I don’t see a reason not to fully credit his source, rather than this vague description:
    “The typeface is inspired by classical alphabets that were used as guides for signwriters.”

    Perhaps I should give him the benefit of the doubt that he found an image of a Gill alphabet and was unaware of its author.