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Good Typographic Design for the Web

Is it possible to achieve good typographic design on the web? Here, dive into the history of web typography - and how to make the most of tools today.

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07/17/2014: Muriza typeface

Jürgen Schwartz & Jakob Runge created this striking slab serif typeface Muriza. The typeface, which gathers its name from an area known for forested mountains, valleys and clear air, also has a handsome, 2-color specimen booklet that goes a long way to further the typeface’s possibilities. Check out more samples here. Via Type for...

Hand Drawn Design from Cover to Cover

In 1927, Samuel Welo published his first edition of “Studio Handbook: Letter And Design For Artists And Advertisers.” But this collection of fonts, ornaments, logos and other ad elements was not only meant to provide specific examples of design to the user. It also reminds the reader of the importance of composition—hand drawn composition....

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...

Michael Harvey's Life of Letters

I have known Michael Harvey, the British book jacket designer / lettercutter / type designer, for nearly thirty years. And I have known his work for far longer, having first discovered it in Erik Lindegren’s ABC of Lettering and Printing Types (Askim, Sweden: Erik Lindegren Grafisk Studio, 1964–1965, 3 vols.) when I was a...

Updates from Adobe, Errors from Apple

Couple of quick things today. Firstly, Adobe’s released beta version 3 of Muse, their site builder for designers. The download is here, and as stated previously, it’s free until its official 1.0 release. There are significant fixes in how the application renders code, so anything you build will be more readily accepted on a...

Today's Obsession: OpenType Primer

Over at I Love Typography, Nick Shinn’s posted a refreshingly clear introduction to OpenType typography’s most essential building block, the alternate character. It’s probably been covered several times before on other sites, but I like how Nick’s simplified his explanation. This is a piece explaining what’s so interesting about OpenType at its most basic...

HÖfðaletur and Other Icelandic Fonts You Can't Pronounce

Iceland’s version of a design week, DesignMarch, took place in Reykjavík over the weekend. The festival included the entire spectrum of Icelandic design, ranging from a new menswear collection made of indigenous materials by fashion designer Sruli Recht to the live manufacture of scarves by textile designers Vík Prjónsdóttir. Sýniletur, which means “On Display”...

My 10 Best (and One Worst) Design Items of the Half-Year

My editor told me, “Everyone likes an end-of-year list, right?” Well, I don’t. But this one’s for you, James. Happy 2011! These date back to early July, when Imprint officially launched. First the Worst. The worst “Mad Men / Creative Revolution” quote during the last half of this year ~ “So fuck you, Mad...