No words to describe… absolutely gorgeous!
As you might have noticed, I’ve been slowly updating the Typeforge links. This weekend I did a quick search for online courses and syllabus that I could quickly reference to start preparing for a couple of upcoming workshops.
I’ve updated the section to the right, and I am finally publishing the Google Spreadsheet here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=ttoR06EZXHq-Ixk1J75Z9LQ&output=html, although it is still only in Portuguese…
As mentioned before on my portuguese Designlab Blog, I’ve realized that good and detailed syllabus are hard to find. I could only find a couple of them here in Portugal — one is from DeCA (my own department, class taught by Olinda Martins), and the other is from IPCA (taught by Cláudio Ferreira, although rather short on the details). It seems that the most prestigious schools are not very keen on publishing their syllabus online…
So, if you know of course that has it’s syllabus publicly available, please send me the link for me to update this document.
This last week was really strange. I’ve been reading/writing about online communities, and typography has been left out of my attention span. Nevertheless, I’ve been opening typography related tabs on my Firefox, and different subjects kept popping up and I couldn’t decide on an approach to this week’s post. After browsing the web on my favorite websites, and realizing this past days were filled with interesting stuff, like new typefaces, call for entries, conference videos, etc… No point on delaying this anymore. Here’s the a semi-random selection of this week in type!
The League of Moavable Type keeps on listing great [free] fonts. Procyon by Barry Schwartz is one of the latest. Download and test. Simply great.
Still promoting The League of Moveable Type, they have posted a super elegant typeface. I’m currently downloading (as of writing these lines) Raleway by Matt McInerney and can’t wait to test drive it on some class slides. Who says that free beer can’t be as elegant as designer wine? (Richard Stallman / Beatrice Warde pun intended).
This is such a great post that I couldn’t wait to post this before, but here it is again — Yves Peter post on the Typo Berlin videos @ Vimeo: http://fontfeed.com/archives/33pt-typography-symposium-lectures-on-vimeo/
On the topic of Typography conferences, I’ll be submitting an entry to this year’s ATYpI conference again. Hope this time they’ll accept my communication. For all that’s worth, here’s the call for entries. Participate, share, design…
ATypI 2010 welcomes investigations into the materiality of the word in any of its myriad forms: aural, oral, digital, concrete, architectural, environmental, printed and written. [...] A submission must contain a title and an abstract of the proposed presentation (400 words maximum), and a speaker’s biography (100 words maximum).
Via Le Typographe.
Another call for entries I’ve seen is this one — Typodiarium. Published also on other sites, but since I’m promoting FontFeed, here’s the call for entries. I’m currently challenging a couple of friends of mine to participate. Let’s see…
Feeling like traveling to Barcelona? Be sure to catch the Helvetica exhibition:
The exhibition, “Helvetica. A New Typeface?”, organised and produced by DHUB in collaboration with the Fundació Comunicació Gràfica (FGC), spotlights the typeface created by the Swiss typographer, Max Miedinger, in 1957.
The exhibition includes a timeline of Helvetica’s consolidation over the last fifty years with a view to understanding its role in the history of design, as well as its antecedents and its subsequent influence.
A quick jump from Porto, where I live is just ~4hrs / ~60€. Typophiles from Europe don´t have an excuse! I don’t think I’ve ever posted this before (at least here), but if you haven’t done so, grab a copy of Gary Huswitt’s Helvetica the movie and get inspired to travel.
And now for something completely different…
Here’s a bit of type porn… “Effing” typeface: http://alexmerto.com/#258162/Effing-Typeface
Fan Letter:Twenty-six local, national, and internationally-based designers and artists
give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character.
We chose the letter “F” Art Direction FWIS
I think my favourite is the letter “P”… ;). Via Quipsologies.
The 1879 Spencerian Compendium of Penmanship available for download: http://www.iampeth.com/books/spencerian_compendium/compendium_index.php. This is a great manual. Personally I own two old calligraphy manuals (very simple ones) and some copies of a really old first grade Portuguese calligraphy book from Catarina’s father. As I’ve been working with two master students who are designing calligraphic typefaces from FBAUP, this really comes in handy. I think I’ll be devouring this one for days in a row…
Not really Type Design stuff, but nonetheless great (and late) Valentine’s poscards. Via Deathbykerning. Wish I thought of these…
Beatiful gold-on-glass typography by John Downer @ We Love Typography
Save pens. Use Garamond font: Designers Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth looked at ink usage of some commonly-used typefaces, by hand-drawing them with ballpoint pens. http://flowingdata.com/2010/01/29/save-pens-use-garamond-font/
The first Google Maps Alphabet: http://rhettdashwood.com.au/#16575/Google-Maps-Typography. Great “world detective” work from Rhett Dashwood. Thanks to Catarina C. for emailing this one!
Typefront: http://typefront.com/. A new web service to host a provide fonts via @font-face (?). This will be a healthy competition to the already popular and extremely fast paced growing Typekit. The later I’ve already tried (on this blog) and it works rather well. It’s simple enough for me to understand it’s gears and it’s quite fast displaying the configured styles. I haven’t tried Typefront yet (I’m registering as I type these words) and, if it’s worth mentioning, I’ll come back to it later in this blog. Via Ralph Herrmann’s Weblog post.
This is it for this week’s edition. Starting slowly, but with confidence!