Typeface Mechanics: 001

DEN HÄR ARTIKELN KOMMER FRÅN Frere-Jones »Square and round shapes: mathematically equal, or optically equal

Our conscious minds want to draw one shape, but our eyes need to see another. Part of typeface design is managing this eternal friction between logic and optics. It’s always there, no matter the style.

This new series of posts will explore what I call “typeface mechanics”, the behind-the-scenes work that makes typefaces visually functional. It is what placates the stubborn oddities of human perception, helps or hinders the user, and informs long-standing conventions of design.

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From The Collection: 007 | Frere-Jones


The Tunnel Garage once stood at the corner of Broome and Thompson Streets in Soho. Built in 1922, it had an air of pride uncommon for a garage, announcing itself in grandly proportioned capitals. The letters were dignified, if a bit quaint, and I had used them many times as a wayfinding marker in the neighborhood.

When I designed Gotham, I canvassed the city to photograph examples of that particular genre of lettering. The photo excursions soon became a separate project, documenting public lettering in any style. I took over three thousand photos between 2002 and 2006, visiting every block in Manhattan between Battery Park and Fourteenth Street. One of my first stops was here at the Tunnel Garage. Billboards had been encroaching for some time, but the glazed terracotta letters were still as dapper as I remembered.

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”När jag tecknar typsnitt är jag en del av ett större sammanhang” | CAP&Design


Sten A Olssons kulturstipendium går i år till typsnittsdesignern Carolina Laudon. Laudon har arbetat med att ta fram typsnitt för bland annat Systembolaget och Dagens Nyheter. Nu ställer hon ut på Göteborgs konstmuseum.       

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Web FontFonts now with OpenType Layout Features

GÅ TILL FONTFONT »Introducing: Web FontFonts with OpenType layout features, streamlined formats and the new and improved Subsetter

We are delighted to announce that our Web FontFonts now include OpenType Layout Features. What’s more we’ve simplified our webfont formats and updated the free Subsetter tool, so you can now customize your Web FontFonts for optimum performance.

OpenType Web Magic 

With OpenType Layout Features, you can spice up your web identity through the magic of ligatures, stylistic alternates, figure sets, fractions, small caps and even swashes (if available in the font). Thanks to a selection of 1,600 Web FontFonts, your typographic toolbox is bigger and better equipped than ever before. With beautifully advanced typographic features that are supported by all desktop browsers (except Safari), OpenType gives you endless opportunities to bring type to life.

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