Author Archives: Anna Malsberger

Peter Buchanan-Smith, Best Made Co.

— Scroll above to see more images PETER BUCHANAN-SMITH in a rarefied world, making elegant lookbooks for Isaac Mizrahi and pared-down packaging for Philip Glass. But his preferred cooking method is very down-to-earth: “The preparation itself is what I love most: selecting wood, chopping wood, making a blazing fire, poking the fire, blowing on...

Ventura

Bright eyed and balletic, Dino dos Santo’s Ventura (a TDC2008 winner) has been sculpted by a couple of cultures and centuries. When the Portugal-based, self-taught type designer Dos Santo undertook what would be his 12th typeface, he “felt the need to open people’s eyes to … amazing calligraphers, and Portuguese calligraphy in general.” Ventura...

Lakeside

Looming over the baseline like long shadows on a rainy night, the characters in Mark Simonson’s  Lakeside are an homage to brush-script titles of 1940s film noir. Simonson has spent many hours screening the typefaces of period films and evaluating them accordingly—critiques that have informed the authenticity of his many nostalgia fonts. (L.A. Confidential,...

Stilla

— Stilla is a headline typeface for anyone waiting for Poster Bodoni to shrug off its restrained precision and get a little funky. Remaining true to its Fat Face brethren (e.g. Normande, Falstaff), Stilla is primarily defined by thick verticals, high contrast, and a self-assured boldness. But beyond that, it takes its solo show...

FE-Schrift

For almost seven decades, the numerals on German license plates were punched with characters from the typeface DIN 1451—a progeny of the 1920s Constructivist design movement. As the acronym suggests (DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung, or German Institute for Standardization), the font was ubiquitous along the autobahn. By the late 1990s, however,...

Rodchenko

Did the rigor of the grid bring bread to the proletariats or liberation to the Gulag? Depends on whose manifesto you pulled from the press, or which agitprop poster you peeled from the wall. While these posters’ political impact may be unquantifiable, their design principles were precise—bold and geometric. Alongside architects, painters, and designers,...

Andralis ND

Andralis ND wants to write a story for the ages. Quaint and hardy in equal measures, the text family has a gentle voice, and its angular forms give the characters a hand-crafted tenor: enduring and just a bit rustic. It’s a typeface for fairytales and mythologies, for fables and histories. While it’s not a...

Radio

Video may have killed the radio star, but the script typefaces that typify radio’s Golden Age are very much alive—resurrected by the digital pen of nostalgic type designers. Responding to a market affection for retro sentimentality, designers are paying homage to hand-lettered commercial logos created for mid-century appliances and packaging. Freehand 575 and House...

FF Meta Serif

After fielding over a decade of requests clamouring for a serif to complement to his seminal sans FF Meta, Erik Spiekermann’s studio finally released the long-awaited FF Meta Serif in November 2007. Throughout the ’90s, Spiekermann attempted to create serif counterpart but was repeatedly unsatisfied. The new serif seams were difficult to conceal, making...

Frieze

Hang your holiday lights on a typographic armature. Frieze, by Julian Morey, isn’t the first dotted grid font, but its pointillism wanders away from a strict matrix that allows it to wave in the winter wind without blowing away. The non-uniform diameter of its dots give each character the illusion of varying depths; as...