Type News: Kerning Man

What’s with all the neon lights? This week we’re reporting from TypeCon2011: Surge, in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans.

There’s already been a flurry of activity around TypeCon. Yves Peters offers a great introduction to the week’s events, and Si Daniels once again is providing lighthearted and timely coverage on the official TypeCon site. The Flickr group is already quite active as well, so you can see what other attendees have seen — or see what you’re missing if you’re not here.

A projection of the word “Ed,” set in all-caps Benguiat, setting the stage for Ed Benguiat’s keynote at TypeCon 2011.
Photo by Nick Sherman

Last night Ed Benguiat delivered a hilarious and witty keynote presentation. Ed guided the attendees through various type-related artifacts found in his home and through his many years of significant contributions to branding and to the world of type. He lamented the decline of cursive and script instruction in US schools and, to the delight of the crowd, he emphatically declared, “Type should be beautiful. Screw readable!” Ed’s talk was a perfect fit for an event in New Orleans.

Odds are good that we’ll have plenty more TypeCon coverage next week. For now, let’s move on to the rest of this week’s news.

Next week we return with a boffo fiftieth edition of the Type News. Until then, laissez les bon temps rouler!

Wait, where’s the new type? Thanks to an exuberant Canada Day and the run-up to TypeCon, our resident Canadian, Grant Hutchinson, has been a little on the busy side. So this week’s abundance of new type will appear in tandem with next week’s new type. Give Grant something to do, type designers — and release your new typefaces next week!

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