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More upright axis in small size masters?
Posted 2 Feb 2017 - 5:07pm

I’ve noticed that some type designers draw the head of their binocular ‘g’ with a less steep contrast axis than their ‘o’. Fred Smeijers Quadraat is an example. This made me wonder if it is a size-related optical adjustment, or something one...

A dystopian nightmare
Posted 7 Jan 2015 - 1:42pm

I would very much appreciate your critique on this text typeface I’m working on. I am not so confident yet in the domain of antikvas. I suspect the wise thing to do, would be...

Best practice: mixing British English and American English within a book
Posted 23 Aug 2014 - 6:31am

I’m working on a book that is made up of articles written by different authors. Some use British English, and some use American English. I’m following Chicago Manual of Style (with some exceptions: en dashes, and disregarding the period/comma-...

Codepages, unicode ranges & Adobe Font Menu
Posted 5 Aug 2014 - 3:28am

On my system, the Adobe InDesign font menu is sorted according to supported languages. Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew &c. has it’s own list below the Latin, but when I tried to install a Bengali font, it sorts under Latin. Can anyone enlighten me on...

Opening a chapter without page number
Posted 1 Aug 2014 - 3:50am

Book design question: My editor wants the author bio before the text. I’ve been pondering various solutions, and came up with the attached PDF. The bio texts are rather long, and I don’t want to push the title too far down the page.


Bokstavelig talt (Typostammtisch Oslo)
Posted 2 Jun 2014 - 8:22am

Hey. We’re having a little Typostammtisch in Oslo Norway this Saturday. Information follows in Norwegian:

Skrifttegnere og...

Forget the Wild West – here’s the Wild East
Posted 17 May 2014 - 5:07am

Whereas most reverse contrast slab serifs bear the dusty smell of Wild West, Mønster by Sindre Bremnes stands out with a scent of the orient. More eastern than...

Random thought: Ideal shapes for reading
Posted 7 Mar 2014 - 3:42pm

Isn’t it strange that the pinnacle of type boils down to the traces of a tool thousands of years ago? As interesting as it may be, I am not convinced the blooming/recent trend of reversed contrast is much of an improvement. It is, however, a necessary...

Is there a tool that can help me construct this shape?
Posted 28 Feb 2014 - 8:16am

I’m mainly talking about the hashed outer ellipse. I’m thinking maybe some kind of guilloche tool or something like that. Any ideas?

Webfonts from Monokrom
Posted 6 Nov 2013 - 1:13pm

I’m happy to announced the Monokrom catalogue is now available for web use on Webtype.com (renting and self-hosting) and on Monokrom.no (self-hosting).

Questions regarding generating ttf’s in Fontlab Studio
Posted 16 Sep 2013 - 2:31am

I wonder about a few options/checkboxes in Font Info > TrueType specific settings and Preferences > Generate OpenType & TrueType that I can’t seem to find much info about. And, also a wildcard that I’d like to discuss.

• Automatically...

We’re throwing a sale
Posted 17 May 2013 - 5:56am

Fredrik Meltzer’s original design proposal for the Norwegian flag, drawn in 1821. According to the myths, it was drawn by his twelve year old son.

Hipp hipp hurra...

Mixing vocabularies
Posted 14 Apr 2013 - 5:33am

Hi guys. Do you know any (successful) examples of typefaces that mix historical models within the same design? I’m thinking of something like the attached image. Albeit, there’s a lot of strange stuff going on here, but the part I’m interested in...

Danish OpenType Numerals
Posted 24 Feb 2013 - 3:32pm

I wonder, could OpenType automatically convert regular numerals to spelled-out Danish numerals without a crazy number of ligatures? Can OT do one-to-many and many-to-many?

More on the Danish counting system:...

Announcement: Monokrom Type Foundry release
Posted 5 Dec 2012 - 4:54am

It’s with great pleasure I’m finally able to make this announcement: Today (at noon, CET) we are launching our type foundry, Monokrom, and with it, the five typefaces Faunus, Satyr, Vinter (née Noir), Telefon and Aften Screen.

The full...

Cocoa, spacing issues
Posted 21 Oct 2012 - 11:05am

[Couldn’t add images for some reason, so they are attached to the post]

I got these screenshots from a developer using my one of my fonts developing an application in Cocoa. This is a TrueType font, hinted in the y-direction. (Prob not hinting...

Looking for macro photo of a lead type a/A
Posted 23 Sep 2012 - 1:17pm

Hi guys.

I wonder if anyone have a nice macro shot of a single a or A, similar to this (just not an H):


Pricing embeddable licenses
Posted 4 Aug 2012 - 10:45am

What would you consider a reasonable price for embedding fonts in apps and ebooks?

I think units sold per month is a good way to determine the price, because it differentiates between small and big publishers, and if someone starts selling big...

Spacing for display
Posted 29 Jun 2012 - 2:23pm

If a typeface is well spaced for use at paragraph sizes, the white inside and between letters should appear — generally speaking — equal. If one goes about spacing the same face for display use, you’ll need to space it somewhat tighter. If you...

Offset printing issue: see-through
Posted 24 May 2012 - 3:12am

For a client we’re considering die cutting their logo on a magazine cover, but the press gives us severe restrictions on the die shape. The problem is that the process of gluing the cover sheets to the body includes a high-speed 90 degree rotation as...

TrueType hinting, pixel decimals
Posted 23 May 2012 - 5:30pm

Does Windows throw away all hinting information if the font size is a decimal of a full pixel? The reason I'm asking is I having some issues with a jumpy hyphen. I’m hinting in Fontlab. I assume it wont listen to delta hints, as those are size...

Postscript based WOFF, best practice
Posted 16 May 2012 - 8:29am

I’m preparing some fonts for web use, and I wonder if anyone can shed some light on the current browser support for Postscript based WOFF files, and how one should ideally set up the CSS.

I have until now done the following:


MySQL character sets
Posted 13 May 2012 - 7:26am

I am trying to set up my MySQL database to support Latin Ext B, but there is no such thing as Latin Ext B in the listed options. I’m working with my developer here, so please...

An unnamed text face
Posted 12 Jun 2012 - 6:30pm

Here’s a little something I’m working on at the moment. It is indented for use in a magazine set at 9.5 pt size, something that influences the large x-height. Designing a good text...

Posted 24 Mar 2012 - 9:32am

I’d interested to hear your opinions on this. I’ve been sketching on an off for a while, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the effort to finish it. There are plenty of geometric sans...