Raised and Dropped Initials
August 5, 2015
Even before Gutenberg invented the craft of typography, fancy initials were used to begin chapters and decorate pages in medieval manuscripts.
Arthur Baker Tribute
September 15, 2017
“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James Arthur Baker passed away late last year at the age of 86. While he is no longer with us, his calligraphy and typeface designs will surely be part of the typographic lexicon for many years to come. [...
Tricky Type Terms
April 26, 2012
Typographic terminology is sometimes very specific, and the nuances can be confusing. Here are three pairs of terms that are frequently misunderstood. They are related, but refer to different things. Understanding the distinctions will enable you to communicate more clearly, typographically speaking. This ...
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Arthur Baker Tribute
“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James Arthur Baker passed away late last year at the age of 86. While he is no longer with us, his calligraphy and typeface designs will surely be part of the typographic lexicon for many years to come. […]
Pull Readers in with Entry Points
When designing your layout, think and work type first using style, size, color, and weight to create unity and variety. The heading or headings, lead paragraph, and any pull quotes should function as entry points with those different typographic levels offering a variety of visual flavors for your readers to feast on. Unity and Variety […]
Hombre: A New Design with Traditional Roots
Hombre™ is a sure-fire attention-getter. Drawn by Thomas Oldfield and loosely based on popular typefaces of the 19th century, Hombre offers all the gun-slinging swagger and rugged style of Jesse James and his crew of outlaws. But, like John Wayne, it’s at home in a lot more places than just westerns. This two-weight family (each […]
Review: Explorations in Typography
There are scores of “entry level” books on typography. I know, I’ve written a couple myself. Much rarer are books that explore the more complex and sophisticated realms of typographic communication. Carolina de Bartolo’s Explorations in Typography, now in its second edition, is one of these books– and it’s a good one. Its 24 chapters […]
SST: The Strong, Silent Type
The SST™ typeface family is sure to wear well. Its subtle design traits provide a quietly handsome and consistently friendly typographic presence. Drawn to be a comfortable melding of orderly structure and an organic mien, SST can be used for just about any typographic application you can think of. And since it was originally drawn […]
Fonts.com Web Fonts is Now the Monotype Library Subscription
Subscriptions are a big part of what we do here at Fonts.com, and we’ve had a quite a bit of activity on the subscription front as of late. We recently introduced some major enhancements to the Monotype Library Subscription, including web font support for all fonts in the library. With web fonts now a core […]
The Process is the Inspiration
I can think of few books that are a better buy than House Industries’ The Process of Inspiration. If you’re a lover of type, the book is a celebration of House Industries’ 24 years of “hot-rodding the alphabet.” If you’re a print or interactive designer, it provides an in-depth look at what makes the magic […]
Featured Web Font: ITC Conduit
It’s hard to imagine someone referring to the ITC Conduit® design as being beautiful – or even handsome. “Quirky” doesn’t quite fit the description either; although many letters are clearly idiosyncratic. Somehow, its naive shapes and graceless proportions strike a familiar chord. As its designer, Mark van Bronkhorst says, “there is an honesty to the […]
Web & Desktop Fonts in One Subscription!
We’re excited to announce some brand new updates to the Monotype Library Subscription we offer here on Fonts.com. While this product has always been a tremendous value for designers, it’s now even better. Starting at just $9.99 a month with an annual contract, the Monotype Library Subscription now comes with the ability to use any […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for February 2017
Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance. Benjamin Franklin admired Caslon; which may account for why both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were first printed in this typestyle. George Bernard Shaw, another famous lover of type, insisted that all […]