Typography Basics

Refresh yourself with the terminology and fundamentals required for sound typesetting.

Learn How To Kern Like A Pro With KernType

An online game in the Method Of Action series aims at showing the importance of balanced distribution of space between characters.

Figuring Out Numerals – The Sequel

In this sequel to “Figuring Out Numerals” we look at some special cases.

Figuring Out Numerals

In this first instalment of our examination of numerals we look at the different figure sets available in OpenType fonts.

Making Books In The Days Of The Linotype

A vintage short documentary produced by Encyclopædia Britannica Films Inc. in 1947 explains the process from copy setting to binding.

Stop Motion Video Introduces The Vocabulary Of Typography

This stop-motion animation by Lynn Kiang explains the grammar of typography in the RISD letterpress shop.

 

FontBook, A New Way Of Looking At Type

The comprehensive specimens in the FontBook app for iPad offer several layers of information for each featured typeface.

FontFont Subsetter Elegantly Slims Down Webfonts

This free online tool enables users to tailor webfonts to perfectly suit their needs, drastically reducing their file size in the process.

Lovely Video Shows The Process Of Letterpress Printing

 

Typography For Lawyers – The Book

Review of “Typography for Lawyers”, the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers.

Tim Brown on More Perfect Typography

More Perfect Typography is an inspiring presentation by Tim Brown, Type Manager for Typekit, at the latest Build conference.

Foundry Focus: Bold Monday

An interview with Paul van der Laan en Pieter van Rosmalen of the Dutch Bold Monday type foundry.

OpenType in Adobe Creative Suite
The Raiders of The Lost Glyphs Pt. 1

This first tutorial looks at the Glyphs window in Adobe CS, and which OpenType functions can be accessed through the Character window.

A Typographic Anatomy Lesson

Ligature, Loop & Stem have produced a modernist-style limited edition print with an overview of the vocabulary of typographic anatomy.

Free Fonts: Technical And Artistic Quality

In this third episode of the Free Fonts series we examine their technical and artistic quality.

Free Fonts: Free Is Not Always Free

 

An Introduction to Free Fonts

This first in a series of articles on free fonts defines some basics.

Upcoming Typography Basics On The FontFeed

Short announcement for the TYPO Berlin week and the upcoming Typography Basics.

So You Need A Typeface? Try Julian Hansen’s Font Flowchart

“So You Need A Typeface” is an alternative way of choosing fonts (or simply find inspiration) for a specific project, not just by browsing through the pages of FontBook


The Quick Brown Fox…

… jumps over the lazy dog.

ATypI’09 Preview | Mexico, Forging The Character

“Mexico, Forging The Character” gives a concise overview of the history of type and lettering in Mexico.

On The Evolution of Type by Means of Technological Advancements and Cultural Shifts

This interactive Twentieth Century Timeline of Typography is a concise overview of the pertinent moments in typography in the past century.

Styles, Weights, Widths — It’s All in the (Type) Family

 

Questions About All Caps Setting

Is all caps setting really so poorly readable that one can’t use it in headlines of let’s say maximum three lines, or is the unfavourable effect negligible?

Font or Typeface?

As we’re collaborating with multiple authors on the FontFeed, we compiled a list of guidelines for ourselves and guest contributors. One of our concerns is that we should attempt to “speak the same language” when using typographic and related terms. Because these terms evolved over a considerable period of time and saw several transitions in [...]

The Magic That Is Letterpress

Some of you digital age kids ;) may not recognize what the images in our introductory post are, so maybe there’s some ’splaining to do. The top image are wood type letters; the bottom one shows metal type. They are used in letterpress, a dwindling printing technique that nevertheless still counts many fervent admirers. “Letterpress [...]

Embrace the OpenType Hype

We love OpenType. It’s not just the latest font technology, but also the most advanced, poised to replace the old TrueType and PostScript formats. This font format brings many more possibilities for typographers and graphic designers.

Figuring It Out: OSF, LF, and TF Explained

Numerals (or figures) can take various forms. The figure style you choose ought to be appropriate to the project you are working on. Readability is key. But which style is best for which purpose? There are two main forms, oldstyle figures (OSF) and lining figures (LF). Each can come in tabular and proportional widths. See [...]

OpenType FontFonts and the Languages They Speak

The OpenType format offers typographers more glyphs, and (sometimes) more confusion. As the FontFont library is converted to OpenType, premium fonts are continually released with advanced typographic features and language support built-in. With so many new releases we don’t expect you to keep up on which FontFonts can speak which languages. Just keep an eye [...]