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Meet ‘Optician Sans,’ the Weird and Wonderful Font Inspired by Your Eye Exams

Before last month, you’d be hard-pressed to find the curiously shaped letters you’re asked to name from charts at your optometrist’s office in font lists in Word or Docs. But if you’re a typeface nerd who also appreciates mathematical precision, the newly minted “Optician Sans” is the font for you. Read More >>

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This Experimental Typeface Cleverly Combines Braille With the Latin Alphabet

Exploring the limits of type design, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has developed Braille Neue, an attempt to combine Braille with the English and Japanese alphabets. Read More >>

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Dubai Now Has Its Own Font

The city of Dubai has worked with Microsoft to create an official font for the city, which it claims is a world first (we're not convinced). Read More >>

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Watching Workers Paint Letters on a Road Is So Soothing

I’m not sure what impresses me the most in this video of workers painting the road. Is it the perfect angles drawn free hand with a tool that’s essentially a stick with an open box at the end? Is it the dude dropping the hot thermoplastic into that box, while his partner is drawing the letters? Or is it the exquisite, ballerina-like footwork of the two workers who make sure not to step on the letters they just made? 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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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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The Typographer Whose Elegant Work Shaped Your Emoji

When we think of the people who shaped early computing history, we think of inventors, engineers, CEOs. You might not think of Hermann Zapf, the German type designer who died this week at 96. But we should. Read More >>

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How Smartwatches Are Pushing Science to Make it Easier to Read Screens at a Glance

How many times a day would you say you check your smartphone? Be honest. For the average person, it’s 150 times a day. And most of those interactions happen in less than a second. 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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The Gorgeous Typeface That Drove Men Mad and Sparked a 100-Year Mystery

No one seemed to notice him: a dark figure who often came to stand at the edge of London's Hammersmith Bridge under the cover of darkness in 1916. No one seemed to notice, either, that during his visits he was dropping something into the River Thames. Something heavy. Read More >>

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Why One of the World’s Biggest Font-Makers is Getting Into Emoji

Helvetica. Franklin Gothic. Times New Roman. These are legendary, instantly recognisable typefaces, owned by the biggest type conglomerate in the world. And now, that company is adding emoji and stickers to its holdings. Read More >>

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These Two Guys Want to Turn The Entire Planet Into a Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in LA (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: how do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the air? Read More >>

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These Typefaces are Tiny Math Puzzles Made by MIT Scientists

When quickly sending an email, creating a company logo, or writing a post about mathematical typefaces, hundreds of thousands of fonts exist to help express a specific mood or feeling though we rarely escape the realm of a well-known few. Although it's well-documented that creating fonts can be an art, two mathematicians show that it can also be a science. Read More >>