That week just flew by, didn’t it?
A phenomenal bit of business about repainting the name of a ship onto that ship. “It took a day to letter-space seven characters.”
Robert Palladino, who taught Steve Jobs that typography matters, died in February.
Tal Leming, whose surname my inner voice always pronounces with the stress heard in LeMans, dodges the bullet of solving the already-solved problem of fonts for “coding” by solving the problem of fonts for U.S. Soccer athletes, a lifelong goal for Tal. (Leming’s Levidéo.)
We have discussed jersey type before. I am just going to assume the Paralympians will use the same typeface, but of course they never get mentioned anywhere ever.
Digital Fonts and Reading (“Series on Language Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Intelligent Systems: Volume 1,” “USD118.00”).
Nobody remembers inline and contour fonts from the ITC days. I just loved them growing up. Au courant thinkfluencers use colour emoji to navigate our post-Federal/‑Brim media landscape, so wood-type-redolent color fonts are self-evidently next. They aren’t SVG.
“By reverse engineering, we can determine the following characteristics about the standard Emoji font on iOS and OS X.”
“ ‘Excellens’ is the first font totally created using Microsoft EXCEL 97” (caps in original).
I guess we’re back with Spiekermann: “He only deserves Arial.”
Richard Ishida (op. cit.) still doesn’t have his utility back up that lets you paste in a string and get back a list of every Unicode character in it, but Babelstone’s has been there all along. (Tim Whitlock’s Unicode Character Inspector has better type.)
And just as I mishear “Leming,” I constantly mistype “Unicide.” (“You have selected REGICIDE.”)
Alcuin Book Society Awards 2015 homepage superhelpfully lists the designers, authors, and publishers of winning books (without a canonical URL). And that’s all it does.
Probably need another piece on Johnston Sans. Meanwhile, the Toronto Star achieved the impossible by publishing a thorough, technically accurate profile of Rod McDonald. And you know how important technical accuracy is to us, much more so than adequately encapsulating a human persona, which Katie Daubs’ article also succeeds in doing.
Courier (also dachshund [not Dax]).
Are you jaded about and bored by the wonderful Web pages designers produce for each of their new typefaces? You can’t keep up, can you? A lot of the time, you have no idea what some piece is typeset in, do you? But you used to be able to ID every font on sight, did you not? You were king and/or queen of all you surveyed.
You were younger then. You remember inline and contour fonts.
Well, you now have a new purpose for living, because even in this post-JustLefthand/‑ErikRighthand media landscape, Manu brilliantly fills gaps jaded bored typophiles did not know existed. (No dachshund.)
Nobody does type marketing better than Hoefler &
Frere-Jones Co. You heard about Operator everywhere. You saw the video. You heard about it on a Monocle podcast. To paraphrase Will & Grace, dead people know about Operator. And it solves a problem nobody has, namely “I don’t have a really good font to ‘code’ in,” where “code” is a verb. Everybody who “codes” solved the type problem with any of the last three or four typeface releases that promised to do so. Someday somebody will design a font for “coding” and will present sample uses that do not resemble Windows 3.1 angry fruit salad. I use black on pink.
Do you remember a hand carrying out calligraphy in the intro video for the iPad Pro? No, you don’t, because that was in the video for the Apple Pencil. I know whose hand that wasn’t, but JFP gave it a shot for real.
Almost as many Webfonts in Blendle as there are ways to render the word “Webfonts,” namely 200.
Speaking of which, is the value proposition of a streetcar (“LRT”) in Brooklyn actually the unrealistically-well-rendered futuristic type of its destination signage?
I have heard the adorable Michael Bierut spontaneously curse in a video recording, but I am not going to tell you where. He cites Miles Davis as an influence, while some of us have Desert Chrome or Letraset or Space: 1999 as influences. Xavier Dolan basically didn’t see any movies older than Titanic, either.
Also not Gadugi: Microsoft allegedly has “a font and system of text wrapping that makes reading easier for dyslexics – but also faster for those without dyslexia.” (“Easier” vs. “faster.”)