Type News: Let’s Get Historical

Welcome to a week of lists, a week when even old things are news again.

Depending on how you count, 2010 marks the last year of the decade—and we can expect an increase in the requisite best-of lists and retrospectives over the next few months. At Imprint Paul Shaw gets things started with his provocative Ten Typefaces of the Decade, “a list of typefaces that have been ‘important’ for one reason or another.” Be sure to peruse the comments, too. Also thought-provoking and informative is a recent Origin of the World’s Most Important Typefaces infographic, if only to cause us to consider whether it really covers the world’s “most important” typefaces.

For a more substantial exploration of the history of typography (and typefaces), check out the latest installment of Mike Parker’s Story of Type. Parker covers blackletter and Gutenberg, a fitting if awkward segue for mentioning Thomas Phinney’s entry on the future of fonts and eBooks.

There are new typefaces to discover, as well. A couple weeks back, FontFont announced the release of several fonts, including FF DIN Round. This release is back in the news, as designer Albert-Jan Pool tells its story on FontFeed.

Linotype has announced the release of Harmonia Sans and Elegy, Jim Wasco’s attempt to make a complete font of Ed Benguiat’s logo for the International Typeface Corporation. You can already see it in use on a letterpress broadside.

Hoefler & Frere-Jones have announced the release of the industrious Forza. Jonathan Hoefler has shared some fancy specimens on Dribbble for your delight.

Did we miss anything newsworthy? Let us know in the comments!

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