John Baskerville

Indices : Designers : John Baskerville

John Baskerville (1706-1775)

John Baskerville was born in Worcestershire, England in 1706. As a young man he was introduced to the art of letters while working as a master writing teacher and stone engraver. He later began a career in manufacturing, making japanned ware (a type of lacquered metalware popular at the time). He soon amassed great wealth and purchased an estate near Birmingham.

Around 1751, Baskerville began experimenting with printing. Baskerville was a perfectionist, and as such he demanded complete control over the entire printing process. He designed and created type and layouts; improved the presses and inks; and developed new paper making techniques enabling the creation of smooth bright papers.


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CakeType was founded in 2004 as an independent digital type foundry and is owned and operated by Pieter van Rosmalen. CakeType specializes in the design, production and distribution of original and high quality typefaces.

CakeType also offers the creation of custom typefaces, as well as the improvement and adaptation of existing typefaces. We have produced exclusive typefaces for Audi (in collaboration with Paul van der Laan), KPN (Royal Dutch Telecom) and the road signage in South Korea, amongst others, as well as the lettering for the KWF Kankerbestrijding logo and Bookedoo logos.

Dave Kellam

Born: Brockville, Canada, 1981.

Dave Kellam is currently studying for an MA in Book Design at the University of Reading. Previously, he attended Queen’s University, where he obtained bachelor’s degrees in computer science and education. He created a number of fonts during the late 90’s with Brian Stuparyk. They are available here. Most of the faces are erasure style mashups, with a number of hand-drawn originals. They should probably not be used by anyone.


Indices : Software : Design Applications : LaTeX

LaTeX is a document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program.

It offers programmable desktop publishing features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout, bibliographies, and much more. LaTeX was originally written in 1984 by Leslie Lamport and has become the dominant method for using TeX—few people write in plain TeX anymore. The current version is LaTeX2ε.


Indices : Software : Design Applications : ConTeXt

ConTeXt is a document preparation system based on the TeX typesetting program. Being more recent than the other main TeX macro package, LaTeX, it is both more modular in its conception and more monolithic in its building.

This system was developed from 1990 by Hans Hagen from PRAGMA Advanced Document Engineering (Pragma ADE), a Netherlands-based company.

For more on ConTeXt, see the wiki:


Indices : Software : Design Applications : TeX

TeX, written as TeX in plain text, is a typesetting system created by Donald Knuth. It is popular in academia, especially in the mathematics, physics and computer science communities.

TeX is generally considered to be the best way to typeset complex mathematical formulas, but, especially in the form of LaTeX and other template packages, is now also being used for many other typesetting tasks.

ConTeXt and XeTeX are other macro-packages of TeX and is used for Desktop Publishing.

Tamye Riggs

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Indices : Writers : Tamye Riggs

Tamye Riggs is a writer, editor, typographer, designer, and event planner specializing in typography and the related arts.

The self-titled type geek began her career by working as a typesetter and production artist throughout high school and college. After stints at big ad agencies, an entertainment news weekly, an oil and gas company, a trendy watch manufacturer, and a host of design studios in Dallas, Texas, Riggs moved to the typographic side of life. She has worked in creative, marketing, and management areas for Maryland-based Phil’s Fonts/GarageFonts and FontShop San Francisco (including the editing of FSSF’s recently-revived Font magazine).

Neville Brody

Indices: Designers: Neville Brody

Neville Brody (b. 1957) is a London born graphic designer. Studied at the London College of Printing. Primarily known for his work as Art Director on The Face magazine and for his studio’s work on the late 1990s Macromedia identity. In 1990 he and Erik Spiekermann started FontFont and FUSE. Currently he operates his London studio, Research Associates.

Some of his early design work was for British bands. Fetish, Hanibal, 23 Skiddo, and Cabaret Voltaire all have album covers designed by Brody.

See a collection of his designs for the Dutch postal service here.


Indices : Terminology : Aperture

An “aperture” is a constricted opening of a Glyph. For example, the lowercase “e” has an aperture at 4 o’clock. This aperture is relatively small in some fonts (such as Avant Garde) and much larger (or more open) in others (such as Frutiger). It is widely believed that a relatively large aperture helps readability.

See also Counter.