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Entries about typography

Oct 18, 2007

Can’t Miss: Typophile Film Fest 4 (SF)

If you’re in San Francisco on October 25th, you can’t miss Punchcut’s Typophile Film Fest 4. It’s the perfect time to mingle with connoisseurs and dabblers of typography. Here’s the dealyo: Punchcut’s screening of the Typophile Film Festival 4 is best described as a three-hour party centered around a rare and unequaled selection of short […]

Oct 10, 2007

A coffee mug for Helvetica lovers

Helvetica, the typeface everyone loves to hate–and hates to love–now has its very own coffee cup. Austere but oh so cute and clever. You can get it for $18 bucks at Veer. Also, don’t forget to check out the Helvetica film. Too bad, I don’t drink coffee. :-(

Aug 13, 2007

46 resources & tools to improve your web typography

Who says type on the web has to look wretched? Sure, there are annoying constraints like low-resolutions, limited font choices, and browser incompatibilities. But with the right tools and a little bit of guidance, you can absolutely make on-screen typography beautiful. Here’s 46 resources to help you create, find, and code great looking type for […]

Jun 4, 2007

The Helvetica movie is selling out fast

Helvetica, the first film about everyone’s beloved and hated typeface, has been touring the world and selling out quickly to hungry typophiles and designers. I almost got shut out of the upcoming San Francisco screening, but due to fervent demand, a second screening was added for the same night on June 13th. As of today, […]

Feb 15, 2007

13 lucky alternatives to Helvetica

Love Helvetica, but hate it too? Check out FontShop’s 13 Helvetica alternatives, a list of typefaces that are kinda-sorta like Helvetica, but not quite. You’ll find familiar classics like Univers as well as more obscure choices like FF Schulbuch and Maxima. For the typophile in all of us, each entry comes with a little historical […]

Nov 15, 2006

Find the right typeface with FontBook

With a gazillion typefaces available, how do you find the right one? After eight long years, FontBook, the “largest type reference in the world,” is back with a spanking new edition. This “big yellow book” helps you choose typefaces by showing samples of 32,000 typefaces from 90 major and independant type foundries around the world. […]

Sep 21, 2006

How to choose an easy-to-read typeface

Imagine yourself picking a typeface for your next resumé, book, newsletter, or other text-heavy project. With the dizzying array of typefaces in the world, how do you choose when you simply want one that’s clear and readable? Thankfully, Before & After magazine’s short tutorial, What’s the Right Typeface for Text?, can help you make this […]

Jul 28, 2006

Better typography in Microsoft Word

Aaron Shepard’s guide, Perfect Pages, shows you how to achieve the impossible: good typography in Microsoft Word. An excerpt of the book with basic tips is available free on his website. For a much more in-depth guide, the complete book’s available on Amazon. Designers might find it hard to imagine a world without fancy layout […]

Jun 30, 2006

Better typography without (or in spite of) design school

There are two types of people in the world: those who can tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial, and those who can’t. If you fall in the latter category, and are typographically-challenged, you are not alone. Based on portfolios I reviewed for the AIGA’s Portfolio Day recently, even many design schools fail to teach […]