Type News: Memory and Machines

It’s time to reminisce over past events, observe typeface design’s past and future, and celebrate new type!

People are finally coming down from their ATypI 2010 high and are ready to share their experiences. Dan Reynolds shares the first two parts of what promises to be a thorough account: read part one and part two at TypeOff. Martin Majoor discusses his presentation with Jos Buivenga about their Questa project (look for “ATypI Dublin: four personal highlights” if it’s no longer at the top of the page). Vladimir Levantovsky has shared his presentation about WOFF. And James Mosely shares notes on his talk about The Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Ubuntu Hebrew text sample

The folks at Canonical are discussing the creation of fonts for Ubuntu, most recently about initial trials of Hebrew. Other recent installments include discussions of italics and Greek.

Type history is also news this week. Alexander Ross Charchar speculates about the typographic origins of common textual marks in the second installment of his “Typographic Marks Unknown” series. Those of us who love the mechanics of type will probably be excited to know that the trailer for Linotype: The Film is available. Not unrelated: Stephen Coles has shared his recording of Mark Barbour discussing the Rogers Typograph machine.

Balduina specimens

Old meets new with the release of the Balduina collection, from Circulo de Tipografos and Boudewijn Ietswaart. You can learn more about these fonts’ origins at FontFeed.

League Script 1 specimen

The League of Movable Type has released Haley Fiege’s League Script #1, available as a free download. The League promises that it “will act as [their] framework for future script designs.”

Seven One Eight specimen

From Terminal Design comes the classy 718, designed to honor the parts of New York City not called Manhattan.

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That’s the news we found. Tell us what and how much we overlooked in the comments!

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