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A Timeless Lost Typeface

Benedictine was designed by Joseph E. Hill in 1915 for Mergenthaler Linotype and introduced in 1917 with this stunning thread bound specimen folder. Read more about this typeface.

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05/08/2014: The Chicagoan magazine design

Print’s Regional Design Annual judges are looking to discover top talent to be featured in this year’s RDA. Judges include Debbie Millman, Jessica Helfand, Caleb Bennett, Joseph Duffy, Alexander Isley and Michael Vanderbyl. Enter today.     An Issue #1 for a magazine sets the tone for an entire publication and when Undrcrt Inc....

Typecasting the Sixties

Where did all those old style Victorian typefaces that defined the psychedelic Sixties come from? One source was Douglas O. Morgan, who in the sixties assembled one of the most extensive collections in the United States of rare nineteenth century wood type letterforms. The Morgan Press was a rich vein for advertising and editorial...

Today's Obsession: Textify

A lovely little experimental web application, Textify, re-renders any image you feed it as a text version of itself. The app uses the typeface, colors, and scale that you specify to generate the image. Your result: a gorgeous little piece of generative art with historical ties to old ASCII art of the Usenet period.

Flawed Typefaces

What constitutes a flawed typeface? For this article it is defined as a typeface that is perfectly fine—except for one nagging aspect, usually a single character. A flawed typeface is one that either you avoid using entirely because of this lone defect; or one that you use sparingly—and only then, after some alteration of...

Today's Obsession: 65,536 Characters

This, to the casual viewer, is a video of random characters flashing by. To me, it’s a triumph of automated communication—it’s every character in a comprehensive typeface. Technically: it’s every displayable character in a Unicode double-byte face from data positions 0 to 65,536. This is the current standard of typeface production which became formally...

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”...

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...