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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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Today's Obsession: TypeDNA

Type management and font pairings, two things I’ve always been particularly bad at, become less of a nightmare with a new concept in type management from a product called TypeDNA. The application is actually a few different applications working in …