Type News: Rewarding Labor

This week: the benefits of hard work. There’s new type, too!

Congratulations to Matthew Carter, who will be the next recipient of the AIGA Boston Fellow Award. Carter’s work, most notably Georgia and Verdana, has had a profound influence over type on the web and in other digital media.

Christopher Slye has a thorough discussion about optical font sizes on the web, the inaugural entry in a weekly series on webfonts over at Adobe’s Typblography. If you’re considering webfonts for your own work, check out this handy overview of webfont services.

New Unicode Character Blocks

If you recall the hubbub over the use of dingbat fonts on the web from three weeks ago, there is some exciting news: the next version of Unicode will include new blocks for symbol and pictographic characters. Andreas Stötzner has provided a preview of a forthcoming font that takes advantage of these new blocks.

For any of you who are interested in learning type design, there is still room in James Montalbano’s class at the School of Visual Arts in New York; it starts September 21. To get some recent historical perspective before you go, Line Feed has a retrospective of typeface design from the past decade. Or you can travel back an additional 500 years and read the latest installment of Mike Parker’s Story of Type. If that’s not enough history for you, be sure to check out Otto Neurath’s intriguing (and essential) new book, From Hieroglyphics to Isotype: A Visual Autobiography. Additional inspiration can be had from Michael Doret’s account of the creation of Deliscript and the “serendipitous events” that follow.

Foral Specimen

From Rui Abreu and Fountain Type comes Foral, a lovely, organic-feeling slab serif. Use it with abandon!

Kohinoor Specimen

The Indian Type Foundry has released Kohinoor, a “super type family supporting Latin, Devanagari and Tamil.” This is a lovely sans serif, and there are plans to further enhance it when ITF adds support for Bengali and Gujarati in 2011.

Samples from the University of Reading MA in Type Design, class of 2010

Finally, the MA program in Typeface Design at the University of Reading has posted work from the class of 2010. There’s some lovely work for you to enjoy.

Thank you for reading this week’s “Type News.” Chide us for everything we missed in the comments!

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