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  • The Visual history of type in 672 pages is not to be missed

    Graphic designer, Paul McNeil, has vast experience in corporate and brand communications. Therefore the co-founder of MuirMcNeil is the ideal man to guide us though the Visual History of Type.

    The comprehensive, detailed survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing with movable type, in the mid-fifteenth century to the present day is arranged chronologically to provide context for more than 320 typefaces which are displayed in the form of their original type specimens or earliest printing.

    Each entry is supported by a brief history and description of key characteristics of the typeface. This book will be the definitive publication in its field, appealing to graphic designers, educators, historians and design students. It will also be a significant resource for professional type designers and students of type.

    Grab your own copy of The Visual History of Type by Paul McNeil - published by Laurence King - here.


  • Celebrating New York Times Magazine’s stunning bespoke type

    In 2015 The New York Times Magazine embarked on the most extensive redesign in its history. Gail Bichler, the magazine’s Design Director, commissioned an entirely new suite of typefaces as well as customized typography which has been used in the magazine’s covers, features and special issues. The exhibition “The New York Times Magazine – Type: 2015-Present” at the Type Director’s Club includes covers, spreads, and full special issues.

    The focus is on typographic highlights since the redesign including the magazine’s new typefaces and the thinking behind these faces. Also featured is some of the magazine’s most powerful imagery.

    To accompany the show the NYT Magazine has produced a small publication that collects together some of its bespoke type highlights created since its 2015 redesign. The booklet, NYT Mag Type, has been produced through Newspaper Club and features examples of the magazine’s sans and serif faces, alongside a wide selection of more expressive type designs created for specific issues.

    “As Design Director Gail Bichler writes in the introduction, the design of the NYT Magazine does not rely on ornamentation, but instead comes out of the words contained inside its pages – ‘the stories and ideas those words represent. Typography gives tone and voice to those words’. As part of the Magazine’s redesign that was carried out two years ago, Henrik Kubel of A2-Type was commissioned to create a suite of custom typefaces – ‘serif and sans serif fonts that felt unique and modern’ he writes” reports Creative Review.

    The New York Times Magazine – Type: 2015-Present is at the Type Director’s Club, 347 West 36th in New York until 5 September.

    The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm by appointment only. See

  • Google’s Spectral font is a super responsive shapeshifter to behold

    Google Fonts is getting more customizable and interactive than ever as the company updated its font collection with its very first ‘parametric’ font, “a new typographic technology that makes it easy for designers to tweak and modify the format of virtually any typeface”.

    Developed in collaboration between Prototypo, Spectral follows the principles of responsive design as “the font retains the capacity to alter its form in order to seamlessly fit in with the overall layout of your page”.

     “Opening up to a new era of type design, [our] parametric font technology allows to work with responsive characters improving creativity and exploring new shapes,” Prototypo said in a press release. “Creating intelligent fonts capable of fitting all types of uses and media is now a reality.”

    Spectral gives designers the option to adjust various font aspects such as width, thickness and curviness.
    The typeface will be available in various Google services including Docs, Sheets and Slides. Spectral is currently available for free on Google Fonts.

    Check the shapeshifting here.


  • Time to explore RISD’s abstract and playful typographic map

    To promote the RISD Grad show 2017, which took place this summer, the site is filled with Univers in a stunning and playful mode.
    By repeating information into digital infinity the typography of the site “presents an expansive range of fine art and design work by the 235 students completing master’s degrees at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) this spring”. Bold and amazing the type experiment will keep you busy for ages.

    Enter the font-expanding universe of ultra talented people here.

  • #Fontgate: Microsoft’s Calibri Pakistani scandal is over

    The Twitter dubbed it as the major #Fontgate du jour. And it all started with a font that exposed Pakistani PM’s daughter in a major scandal as the court found that Mariam Nawaz Sharif fake font.
    “The daughter of Pakistan’s prime minister has become subject of ridicule in her home country after forensic experts cast doubts on documents central to her defence against corruption allegations” reports The Guardian.

    “Mariam Nawaz Sharif is under supreme court investigation after the 2016 Panama Papers leak tied her to a purchase of high-end London property acquired through offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands.  The unlikely source of this latest controversy, in a scandal that has gripped Pakistan for more than a year, is a font designed by Microsoft. Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri. But the font was only made commercially available in 2007, leading to suspicions that the documents are forged”.

    Inevitably the Twitteratis have derided Sharif for this apparent misstep, coining the hashtag #fontgate. As mentioned in Wikipedia, “the Calibri font was developed in 2004 but only reached the general public on 30 January 2007 with the launch of Microsoft Vista and Microsoft Office 2007."

    Opposition parties have urged prime minister Nawaz Sharif to step down after the investigation found a “significant disparity” between his family’s declared wealth and known sources of income with Imran Khan, the opposition leader, saying that Sharif had “lost all moral authority” and must resign immediately.

    Calibri, the renowned Microsoft font could be the key to unlocking whether or not Maryam Nawaz was involved in the scandal . As a result on July 12, Wikipedia administrators voted to lock the article on Calibri after the joint investigation team report was released. “Calibri is a humanist sans-serif typeface family designed by Lucas de Groot in 2004 and reached the general public on January 30, 2007” writes the first line of the post.

    The font's creator, Dutch designer Lucas De Groot, told the AFP news agency in a statement that it was "unlikely" Calibri had been used in any official documents in 2006. "[In] my opinion the document in question was produced much later," he said.

    De Groot said he began designing Calibri in 2002 and sent the finalised version to Microsoft in 2004. After that, he said, it was used in beta versions that would have required "serious effort" to obtain.

    “#Calibri, a @Microsoft font that just made the biggest contribution to #Pakistan democracy” wrote a Twitter user.

    Calibri replaced Times New Roman as Word’s default typeface in 2007 and replaced Arial in Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Calibri became the default font in Office for Mac 2016.

    The font was designed to work with Microsoft’s ClearType system, which is an application used to make text easier to read on LCD monitors. Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, and Corbel, are part of the same font family.

    "Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over accusations of corruption" reports The New York Times. "Announced by the five-member Supreme Court, the verdict caps more than a year of high political drama, breathless court proceedings and a piercing investigation into the finances of the Sharif family." Obviously the verdict is not written in Calibri.