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The Fuse Box: Faces of a Typographic Revolution

It’s 1994 and Steve Heller is on a rant about a Fuse magazine font called LushUS. It’s “an abominable typeface. It’s…” “… vernacular carried to an extreme?,” I offer. “Vernacular carried to stupidity,” he replies. “It ain’t funny. There are certain extremes that are unnecessary, or too ingrown. Design for design, and so what?” So...

Today's Obsession: Glyphs

There’s a new typographic design tool quietly out for about a year now in beta form, called Glyphs. It’s a native Cocoa application for the Mac with a nearly flawless user interface. Its simplicity succeeds where FontLab’s byzantine complexity utterly fails. A few casual reports from typographers I know sound positive—it has a few...

Today's Obsession: Sweet Sans

Releasing today, and sponsoring nameplates and headlines on Typographica at the moment, is a new sans that I kind of need to get my hands on. It’s Sweet Sans from MVB Fonts, and is a gorgeous rendition of the engravers’ sans that’s been such a favorite for over a century. To date my favorites...

Today's Obsession: Chartwell

A great idea sure to spawn an army of copies, Chartwell from Travis Kochel is a clever use of the OpenType font format’s scripting capabilities. The typeface is made to create pie, bar, and line graphs in an extensible and portable way so that the chart can be expressed as both text and a...

Today's Obsession: Miffies

Going back through my archives of awesome stuff to post here, I found this little freeware font site from Japan, just like they used to make in the nineties! All the typefaces here are pop-culture based, mostly descended from old 8-bit game titles, and they’re not of fabulous quality. The letterspacing’s all over the...

Today's Obsession: The Week's Obsessions

Let’s finish out this week looking back at the week’s posts, in picture form. I’d like to think I’m a good curator in the written form, but for the sake of seeing this week’s work in another way, let’s pretend not. Each image links directly through to some of the work discussed this week....

Today's Obsession: Clip and Outliner

Last night on this Twitter account, hooked up to his LinkedIn profile*, Stephen Coles of Typographica and said, “You can dump your drawer full of paperclip fonts now. This one can replace them.” He was totally right—this is the mother of all paperclip-based typefaces. The notion that makes this stand out from the rest...

Today's Obsession: Typography for Amman

Here’s a great in-depth post at the Font Feed about young type designer Yanone’s efforts to develop a truly Arabic identity for the city of Amman. It’s a lovely series of typefaces envisioned as a humanist serif, sans, and Arabic script, all with matching true italics (italics being relatively neglected in Arabic typesetting). The...

The Future of Web Fonts Is Sooner Than It Used To Be

In his opening keynote, Roger Black couldn’t have been more succinct: The future of typography is “all about screen fonts.” So naturally, for  TypeCon 2010′s “The Future is Now” panels, the topic was “Web Fonts.” And for the second half, the stage was packed with 14 typography-related business people. Okay, businessmen. The full session...

Today's Obsession: QuickLook for Fonts

Kinda handy! Apparently, MacOS people can edit their QuickLook preview settings files to allow for greater versatility when previewing fonts in non-English character sets. All you need to do is burrow into your system settings file (see the original post for that exact location), find your language, and change the characters to what you...