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Awarded: Brando

August 04, 2015 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

Another typeface to receive a Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design at TDC 2015 was Mike Abbink’s Brando, which was also a Judge’s Choice. It is published under the Bold Monday banner, the Dutch type foundry of Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen. Abbink is the designer of the hugely popular FF Kievit® and FF Milo® which are gradually being expanded into super families.

License Plate Alphabets

July 27, 2015 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

The summer holidays are the ideal time of the year to study foreign license plates. At home you can see lots of tourists from abroad driving around, and when you’re on vacation yourself, well, basically everything around you is ‘abroad’. The letters and numerals on those plates can look quite different from the ones in your native country. Some look so special that they inspired type designers to adapt them into digital typefaces.

Handpicked: The Industrial Sans

July 23, 2015 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

What is it about industrial typefaces that’s so alluring? They’re simple, uncluttered, sometimes clumsy. They get in and do their job and leave. And maybe that’s just it—a lack of artificial ingredients. No draftsman’s trying to wow you with his sophisticated handwork—what he’s trying to do is make some letters that people can read.

Almost Free Fonts

July 13, 2015 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

It’s relatively well known that some foundries offer single weights of their typefaces as free downloads—not trial versions mind you—these come fully loaded. Lesser known are the faces that offer single weights for, say, $1 or $5, or whatever. Let’s look at some of those.

Awarded: Love Script

July 09, 2015 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

Wednesday July 14 the Type Directors Club of New York opens its sixty-first annual typography exhibition TDC61, including selections from the annual typeface design competition TDC 2015 at the Cooper Union. This year’s TDC2 was judged by Claudia de Almeida (Wired), Paul Barnes (Commercial Type), Dino dos Santos (DSType), and Tal Leming (Type Supply), with Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich as Competition Chair. We are taking a look at some of the typefaces recognised at the competition, beginning with Neil Summerour’s Love Script.