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Tech Man Shows Solidarity With Greta Thunberg Via Creation of Font

A graphic designer is doing what he can to save the world in his own special shut-in way; by creating and releasing a free typeface that clones the handwriting of young climate activist Greta Thunberg. Read More >>

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BBC iPlayer Has a New Font for Cost-Saving Reasons

The BBC has done the modern thing that thing Netflix has just done, creating its own family of fonts for use online so it can avoid paying licensing fees to the original creators. The BBC's font family is called BBC Reith in honour of founder John Reith, and has replaced the likes of Helvetica and Arial on the iPlayer this week. Perhaps as many as three people noticed the change, as it's not a hugely wacky design. The letter i is not dotted by a heart. Read More >>

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Examining the Typographic History of Eye Charts

My graphic design students love to design posters using the classic eye chart composition, and they frequently ask “What typeface should I use for this?” Not having a definitive answer has always been frustrating, so I decided to investigate to find out what typeface is used on eye charts. Read More >>

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RIP Adrian Frutiger: You’ve Seen His Elegant Typefaces Everywhere

There is perhaps no single typographer whose work can be found in such a diverse range of applications. Adrian Frutiger, who died last week at age 87, created typefaces that make you feel at home in every single place you see it, from street corners to computer keyboards. Read More >>

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Google’s Logo Killed Serifs Because Serifs Had it Coming

Google debuted a serif-free logo today, marking the first real change to its logo since 1999. And although we think it’s much prettier than the 16-year-old design, the company claimed it was more about functionality than looks. The Google logo has become more and more problematic throughout its existence, and it had everything to do with those serifs. Read More >>

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How the Star Wars Logo Got Confused With Nazi Typography

The history of the Star Wars logo has long been controversial for its purported connection to fascist or even Nazi typography. After all, the Star Wars saga is an apparent analogy for World War II, where the Empire is the Third Reich and Darth Vader represents Adolf Hitler. Read More >>

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Apple May Roll Out its New Watch Typeface Across All Devices

In welcome news for those of us who couldn’t take another year squinting at that spindly, bad-for-screens typeface, 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that Apple will replace Helvetica Neue with its new San Francisco typeface for all operating systems. This is the font Apple designed in-house for the Watch—and if this is true, it’s going to be SO much better. Read More >>

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Why the Same Three Typefaces are Used in Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we're lost, hungry, and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how do designers choose? Read More >>

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An Intricate Typeface Made Out of History’s Greatest Inventions

When she was a design student, Khyati Trehan embarked on an ambitious project to highlight history's 26 most influential inventors with a unique alphabet. Remarkably, each letter of the special typeface is drawn with a world-changing invention while also name-checking the inventor. The letter "E," for instance, is represented by the phonograph invented by Edison. Read More >>

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The History of Modern Type Design Plastered all Over a Single Room

Starting May 1st the AIGA National Design Center in New York City is hosting Century: 100 Years of Type in Design– an exhibition showing the range and progression typography has gone through in recent history. Read More >>

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The Man Who Designed Verdana and Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts

Read a magazine, book or website and you'll see the product of Matthew Carter's labours all over it—because he's the guy who designed hundreds of fonts, including Verdana and Georgia. In this video, he describes the interaction between technology and design in the creation of typefaces. Read More >>

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Famous Logos Recreated in Comic Sans…Aren’t as Bad as You Feared?

Imagine a world in which Comic Sans has replaced Helvetica or Futura as the go-to font of the corporate logo makers of the world. That's the lovely idea behind niche Tumblr Comic Sans Project, which imagines exactly that -- and recreates famous logos in the world's most hated type face. Read More >>

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What Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ Breakup Means for the Future of Type Design

Chances are you've probably looked at the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones at least one time today. The type designers are behind many of the world's most-loved fonts, like Gotham, made famous by Obama's 2008 campaign. But according to a nasty legal document making the rounds today, the duo has parted ways. Read More >>

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Scientists Invent Mind-Reading System That Lets You Type With Your Brain

Researchers have invented a mind-reading system that, for the first time in history, allows any person to type words and phrases letter by letter, just by thinking. It all occurs in real time, without moving a single muscle or uttering a single word. Read More >>

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Why I Hate Helvetica

As it concerns identity design we all recognise Helvetica as a bastion of the rise of the practice of corporate identity in the 1960s, deployed with unrelenting passion by the likes of Massimo Vignelli and Unimark in the U.S. and Total Design in Europe. It helped shed decorative logos and present a unified front for corporations of all sizes in the most serious of manners. It was, in a way, a unifying technology of the era, establishing a specific standard for how logos should look. And that's my biggest issue with Helvetica: It's 1960s technology; 1960s aesthetics; 1960s principles. Read More >>