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TypeCon: More than a Lovefest?
Commented on Wednesday, 28 July 2004 - 2:16pm

Please keep this discussion going; nothing will serve to improve TypeCon more than constructive, reasoned criticism. It may hurt a little now, but it’ll help so very much down the road.

And please keep your thoughts about the venues...

TypeCon: More than a Lovefest?
Commented on Wednesday, 28 July 2004 - 2:33pm

As an addendum, it would help, Armin, if you could be a little more descriptive. The conference planners worked extremely hard to provide a diverse, engaging program; they also worked, in response to some of last year’s comments, to provide a...

Music web site. font suggestions?
Commented on Tuesday, 27 July 2004 - 11:53am


Tell us a little more: Genres, time periods, what it is that you want to communicate and how. If typography truly does exist to honor content, then content is the place to start.


I wuz robbed!
Commented on Tuesday, 27 July 2004 - 12:21am


You raise a very good point! My quiz sheet is a scribbly mess, the epicenter of which lies on that very question. With regard to Bell, I first dated my answer to that of John Bell’s specimens; then I recalled, just as you...

Commented on Friday, 25 June 2004 - 11:28am


We’d love to see you there! Tamye provided the details; it’s up to the rest of us to persuade you.

I can assure you that you will have a great time — it’s going to be the best TypeCon thus far....

Congrats to the Phinneys!
Commented on Thursday, 3 June 2004 - 3:05pm

What a lucky little girl, to be the daughter of two wonderful, kind, and intelligent people…!

Congratulations Thomas and Veronica!

Archive through May 04, 2004
Commented on Thursday, 29 April 2004 - 3:13pm

I’m a house/techno/electronica fiend. Moreover, I find listening to 130 BPM at (nearly) full volume to be strangely soothing…

Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art
Various (Novamute):...

Frutiger small caps
Commented on Thursday, 15 April 2004 - 12:48pm

Sadly — inexplicably — Myriad Pro is lacking small caps as well.


Greek alphabet
Commented on Monday, 12 April 2004 - 11:19am


Can you be more specific about “other type?” What is it you’re working on? Do you require polytonic Greek, or is monotonic sufficient for your purposes?

You might begin simply by looking at some...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 9:47pm


This is absolutely beautiful!

The bigger diff...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Friday, 2 April 2004 - 4:27pm

From Stanley Morison: his typographic achievement, by James Moran:

“However, Morison’s liking for the Arrighi-style italic was not followed when Van Krimpen designed Romulus, cut by Monotype in 1936. Its italic applied Morison...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Friday, 2 April 2004 - 8:35pm

I’m very glad Electra has been discussed here; I’d neglected to recall its italic/cursive evolution. If you have Tracy’s wonderful Letters of Credit, you will find another specimen of Electra’s first italic...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 3:42pm

Getting back to Chris’s second question, I have little doubt that most if not all of us on this list would avoid mathematically sloped romans altogether; they look like crap. The programs for my kids’ violin recitals are done largely in sloped...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 3:54pm

In an attempt at an answer to Stephen’s question above, had Fairbank’s italic indeed been paired with Monotype Bembo, it would have appeared lighter on the page than its roman counterpart.

More timely examples of types in...

Sloped roman and italic in the same family
Commented on Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 6:52pm

> You don’t think the switch to semi-serifs is significant?

Significant? If you’re asking whether I feel that the unilateral serifs add a degree of “cursiveness,” I would say no. They do, however, introduce a di...

Type Patriotism
Commented on Wednesday, 18 February 2004 - 5:47pm

Don’t you dare, Stuart. Simply wait one more year. The Microbus: 2005.


As to the topic at hand: Strangely, whenever I...

Face used for Economist
Commented on Tuesday, 4 November 2003 - 5:48pm

The old text face was simply called Economist or Economist 101 and was designed, I believe, by Briem. You can see a sample here http://www.fonts.com/fi...

Archive through September 17, 2003
Commented on Friday, 12 September 2003 - 11:37pm

Gordon Legge at the University of Minnesota has done some great work in the area of vision and reading psychophysics (especially with regard to low vision). He also happens to be a very nice guy (translation: I’m sure he’d love to talk...

An open letter...
Commented on Thursday, 14 August 2003 - 12:14pm


It’s from Cicero’s first Catalinarian oration (63 BC, I believe). Cataline, a senator, was conspiring to overthrow the government, and part of his plan involved an attempt to assassinate...

An open letter...
Commented on Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 6:38pm

> actually, they didn’t kill socrates. Socrates drank the conium(poison). It’s a little different cause it’s liek he agreed to the whole system of justice and his punishment.

Crikey — this’ll...

Archive through August 13, 2003
Commented on Monday, 11 August 2003 - 9:05pm

> No, he may not justifiably be called a Socratic anything. His method of debate is the complete antithesis of the Socratic method. Socrates, with great gentleness and sympathy for limitations of intelligence and character in other people...

Which Didone?
Commented on Saturday, 9 August 2003 - 8:58am

Totally with Kent, here — Storm’s Walbaum Text is incredible — more inclusive than Monotype’s or Berthold’s (small) text versions, and showing better color on the page. And yes, until the PDF of...

Which Didone?
Commented on Sunday, 10 August 2003 - 4:56pm

> There should be something like a “Modern Modern Serif” classification for it. ;)


Which Bodoni?
Commented on Thursday, 7 August 2003 - 11:00pm

I love Jonathan’s Didot as well; my copy of Serif 5 has served as an occasional, surrogate drool bucket. Pity…

(But do you think we could coax Jonathan into producing small caps for it? Gentle peer pressure??)

Which Bodoni?
Commented on Wednesday, 6 August 2003 - 8:53am

And while the ITC issue would be my first choice, David makes a good case for Berthold Bodoni Old Face. The latter has a full complement of f-ligatures, and its numerals have that nice modulation. For a good text sample...