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Introducing FontFont Type Board: Interview with Jonathan Barnbrook

Introducing FontFont Type Board: Interview with Jonathan Barnbrook

February 10, 2017 by
Ferdinand Ulrich
Ferdinand Ulrich

Jonathan Barnbrook is a type and graphic designer known for knitting together these disciplines at any given occasion. His London-based design studio works for international clients all over Europe, in the United States and in South-East Asia. Besides shaping visual identities for the Mystetskyi Arsenal museum in Ukraine, the Mori Arts Center in Japan, or the Art Basel art fairs, Barnbrook is perhaps best known within the design scene for his much-discussed artworks for David Bowie’s album covers. Since 2016, he is a member of the FontFont Type Board. In this interview, Barnbrook talks about early digital type design, what he looks for in submitted typefaces, and the role of the FontFont type library.

Reading Pile: Xavier Dupré, typographical itinerary

October 05, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

I confess – I am a fan of Xavier Dupré’s work and consider him a (geographically distant) friend. Zingha was one of the first typefaces I reviewed back in 2005 when was I writing my Bald Condensed columns for Typographer.org. Shortly after that I tracked his output for Typographica as a nice Sunday diversion. Since then he has added many more successful families to that decade-old list. French publisher _Zeug recently published Xavier Dupré, typographical itinerary in its 1×1 series, based on interviews with Julien Gineste. In case you didn’t know – the review below and actually all body copy on the FontShop website is set in Dupré’s FF Yoga® Sans webfont.

FontCast #26 — Michael Hochleitner

August 25, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

David Sudweeks interviews Michael Hochleitner, co-founder of the Austrian graphic and type design studio Typejockeys on the kind of work they do, the role of mentor Martin Tiefenthaler in the creation of an Austrian type scene, and what the name Typejockeys means.

FontCast #25 — Frank Grießhammer

June 17, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

David Sudweeks interviews type designer and developer Frank Grießhammer, where he discusses his introduction to type design and his interests in code and type.

Women in Type: Alphabettes

March 18, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

At the tail end of the Summer of 2015 Alphabettes.org announced its existence with a friendly “Oh, Hello there!”. Saying it is the brainchild of German typographer and teacher Indra Kupferschmid, and American design educator and self-proclaimed type nerd Amy Papaelias would be telling only a small part of the story. This platform for supporting and promoting the work of all women in lettering, typography, and type design is a group effort, the collective voice of an impressive group of female creators. More a loose network than an actual organisation, Alphabettes currently counts 135 members from around the world. While this wonderful initiative provides new opportunities for women in our industry, a cynical person might wonder why inequality needs to be countered with exclusion. Because I personally am a big fan of Alphabettes I decided to ask Indra and Amy why they feel there is a need for an all-women typography blog.