EMIGRE NEWS

Miss Tiffany's picture

Not sure if you are all aware, but Emigré has recently updated several of their fonts. The most extensive update was done to Mrs. Eaves.

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hrant's picture

> The most extensive update was done to Mrs. Eaves.

What did they do, exactly? Add OpenType? Fix the spacing?

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

They have re-aligned the punctuation with the petite and small caps for one. They did this with Filosofia as well (I believe). They have also added ranging & non-ranging figures (numerals). I haven't had an opportunity to completely look through the changes. They discussed it in their latest issue of their magazine. (which by the way has amazing music to boot!)

Miss Tiffany's picture

could you be a little more articulate? exaggerated?

hrant's picture

> the spacing really isn't bad

I don't know, man - to me it's pretty bad.
It sure is pretty, though - especially the italics.

> Mrs Eaves could never be a book typeface

Well, I tend to agree, but -except for the wonderful Eidetic- it's the only "texty" face in the Emigre library.

The good news is that with InDesign's "optical spacing" feature badly-spaced fonts get fixed automatically, with pretty good results - although it's not a 100% substitute for doing a good job in the font itself.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

I have a lot of learning to do still. I love that, I don't consider that a burden but a true pleasure.

Sometimes the spacing on fonts, yes even I can tell, it is horrible. But, I like to think that I'm not such a bad designer that I can't set some type into paragraphs. I like to work with the text and finesse it into what I deem to be a *rocking set of lines made of type.*

That said, is there anyway to educate those of us (whom obviously have much more to learn) who do not understand the finer points of a well-spaced face? (By means both visual and textual?) Instead of just saying "it's pretty bad"? (no insult, just curiousity. ;-) Hi Hrant!)

hrant's picture

I'm no expert, but spacing being one of the few things in type design which is mostly -but not entirely- "analytical", and me being a computer programmer by nature, I'm probably too anal about it, that's for sure.

But I don't want to bash Mrs Eaves too much at the moment - not least because I probably won't be seen as being objective. Maybe in another place/time.

hhp

anonymous's picture

I was pretty surprised at this. I was sure they would revise the spacing, but no. That said, the spacing really isn't bad as lots of people have made it out to be.

But worrying about the spacing might be useless, since I think Mrs Eaves could never be a book typeface in the first place. Too exaggerated.

There is mention of an upcoming OpenType version.

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