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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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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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Four Typefaces That Let You Write Like Einstein and Other Famous Thinkers

The art of handwritten script is lost on most of us keyboard-attached slobs. But over the past few years, a small group of designers have dug into the archives of famous thinkers and artists to bring their script into the digital world. You too can write like Einstein, even if you can’t think like him. 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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Helvetica’s Long-Lost Rival Has Been Resurrected After 35 Years

They found them in a file cabinet. The original masters for a legendary typeface called Haas Unica, designed in the late 1970s and killed shortly thereafter by what amounts to bad luck—and the digital age. Read More >>

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Eight Cities That Have Their Own Distinctive Fonts 

What does a world-class city need these days? Museums, skyscrapers, leafy parks, and, perhaps, a custom typeface. Read More >>

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Trust Us, Change Your Yosemite Font From Helvetica to San Francisco

Brittle, anaemic Helvetica is simply not a good choice as a default display font Apple's operating system. That's why I'm pretty excited about this little trick to replace Helvetica Neue (the standard font that comes with Yosemite) with San Francisco, Apple's new typeface designed in-house for the Apple Watch. Read More >>

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Three Clever Typefaces That Solve Every Day Problems

Humans have been writing for a long, long time. Of course, that doesn't mean we've ever reached a consensus about the perfect way to write or print. And over the past few years, we've seen designers take on real, tangible problems using type design. Read More >>

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The Best Typeface Apple Ever Had

It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I'm talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I'm also talking about the font that came with it. 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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Switching Fonts May Not Save the US Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's research project that suggested the government would save $400 million (£240 million) by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it's a little more complicated than that. Read More >>

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The US Government Would Save £240 Million if it Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A teenager in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million (£240 million) in ink. Read More >>

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How iOS 7’s Font Change Looks in the New Beta 3

iOS 7's switch to the Helvetica Neue Ultra Light typeface was one of the bigger design points for the new OS. But it came with a catch: It looked, in places, pretty bad on non-retina screens. The fix was simple enough. Just change it back to regular weight. Read More >>

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A Typeface Designed To Thwart Spying Computers

If people are snooping on your textual communications and you don't like it, there are a couple of things you can do. You can try to block the prying eyes, you can stop saying things you don't want to be seen, or you can make your messages make no sense to the outside. The anti-authoritarian typeface ZXX is shooting for that last one. Read More >>

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Does This Typeface Truly Help Dyslexic Readers Read?

I'm not dyslexic, so I really have no way of judging whether this is bogus or the real deal. But 1 in 10 people have it, and for them I hope this is legit. Read More >>