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Typographica identifies all the fonts in the

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 18, 2006

Typographica identifies all the fonts in the font-o-riffic opening titles for Thank You for Smoking.

A list of the best license-free quality

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 12, 2006

A list of the best license-free quality fonts. From a few months ago, but still useful.

Open source type design

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 09, 2006

In Five Steps to Font Freedom, Adrian of Be A Design Group suggests some ways to improve typography on the web, noting that you don’t need to own the fonts in books, movies, newspapers to view works in those media. The fifth suggestion is interesting, even outside of that particular goal:

5. Build Free Versions of the Classic Fonts
If we can’t convince the font companies to set their versions of classic fonts free, we will recreate them ourselves. The great fonts are based on designs that are centuries old that can’t possibly be protected by copyright law. Although it would be a major task, the collective power of the online community could create quality versions of classic fonts. Little by little, we can build an open source classic font library! Does anybody have a complete set of the original Garamond that I can borrow? Let’s get started…

Applying the open source development process to make freely available and modifiable versions of classic fonts like Garamond, Caslon, Bodoni, Baskerville, etc. is a fantastic idea.

The typography of the logos of Web 2.0 companies. (via waxy)

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 09, 2006

The typography of the logos of Web 2.0 companies. (via waxy)

In Meet the Fockers, the sign on

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 31, 2006

In Meet the Fockers, the sign on a terminal at the O’Hare airport is typeset in Chicago, an old Macintosh system font. Har har. (via mark)

The Folk Typography Pool contains photos of

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 27, 2006

The Folk Typography Pool contains photos of type made by people who are not designers, typographers, or calligraphers. (thx, paul)

The designer of Comic Sans on how

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 25, 2006

The designer of Comic Sans on how that beloved font came to be. Photos of Comic Sans in the wild.

Erik Spiekermann explains how Nokia’s corporate typeface

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 10, 2006

Erik Spiekermann explains how Nokia’s corporate typeface came to be. Looks like it was based on one of Nokia’s onscreen bitmap fonts. I’ve always wanted to create a “real” version of Silkscreen like that.

Typographica’s favorite fonts of 2005, part 1. Arrival and Vista look nice.

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 03, 2006

Typographica’s favorite fonts of 2005, part 1. Arrival and Vista look nice.

Watch the kids get into a good

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 07, 2005

Watch the kids get into a good old fashioned font fight in the comments about fake signs on the NYC subway. Don’t miss your chance to read “it’s Helvetica, bitches” in a context where it makes complete sense. (thx, j guns)

Fontographer, a once popular font editing program,

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 30, 2005

Fontographer, a once popular font editing program, has been updated for the first time since 1996. (via df)

Typographic dating game. Who will it be

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 13, 2005

Typographic dating game. Who will it be for the evening…Futura, Garamond, Bodoni?

Mark Simonson gives Gangs of New York 3

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 10, 2005

Mark Simonson gives Gangs of New York 3 out of 5 stars for its use of typography. This is the latest in a series of posts about type in movies, starting with his original Typecasting article.

Helvetica vs. Arial. Two of the world’s

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 16, 2005

Helvetica vs. Arial. Two of the world’s most popular typefaces battle it out for supremacy.

Ellen Lupton is up on stage now

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 16, 2005

Ellen Lupton is up on stage now talking about dumb quotes, weird scaling, and pseudo italics.

FontHunt is a typographic scavenger hunt taking

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 18, 2005

FontHunt is a typographic scavenger hunt taking place in NYC the week of July 21. Doesn’t get much geekier (or cooler) than this, folks.

Subway typography

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 13, 2005

Typography of the Paris Metro, NYC Subway, and the London Underground.

Winners from the 2005 Type Directors Club competition

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 11, 2005

Winners from the 2005 Type Directors Club competition.

Quiz: Arial or Helvetica?

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 08, 2005

Quiz: Arial or Helvetica?.

Font made from timelapse images of car headlights

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2005

Font made from timelapse images of car headlights.

An incomplete listing of typefaces seen at Walt Disney World

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 08, 2005

An incomplete listing of typefaces seen at Walt Disney World.

Daily Type is a great typography sketchbook

posted by Jason Kottke   May 30, 2005

Daily Type is a great typography sketchbook.

Mercury Text typeface comes in four different

posted by Jason Kottke   May 04, 2005

Mercury Text typeface comes in four different grades so you can pick the right one for the medium you’re publishing in. Hoefler and Frere-Jones are the best kind of crazy.

Microsoft recently licensed their core and web

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 20, 2005

Microsoft recently licensed their core and web fonts (Verdana, Georgia, etc.) to Ascender. These fonts were formerly distributed free of charge on the web by Microsoft…now they only come free with MS products.