Type News: Light Reading
This feels like a lighter week for news in the world of type, but it isn’t without event. We have film, prose, and webfonts to cover. But first, this week’s new type:
Armchair Modern, from Stefan Kjartansson, is “intended to evoke a traditional TV screen or CRT display.”
If you get excited about the arcana of type design, you might enjoy Fabio Haag on spacing and kerning the recent Ubuntu fonts. And if you’re “just out of college” or about to graduate, Adobe’s type team might just have an opening for you.
For arcana of a different sort, delve into the latest entries from Typekit’s series on type rendering, which cover operating systems and browser testing. Do all these complexities have you concerned about the future of type on the web? Perhaps this post at The Economist will assuage your fears.
“Dead tree” media aren’t dead yet, either. Simon Garfield’s new book, Just My Type, is out; you can read an excerpt in The Guardian. (He also has a defense of Comic Sans, if you’re into that kind of thing.) The third edition of Ilene Strizver’s Type Rules! has just been published. Richard Fink has a favorable review of David Bergsland’s Practical Font Design. And for a variation on the relationship between type and paper, you might enjoy the stark beauty of Bianca Chang’s paper letters.
Since that’s almost all the news for this week, with all your extra time you might want to plan a trip to Seattle for Type Americana, which takes place November 12–13. If you like to plan further ahead, consider going on a Typography Joyride on December 5, in Los Angeles. Or you could follow Riccardo Mori’s example, go out, and find type on your own.
That’s all for this week; feel free to share your own discoveries in the comments!
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