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Reading Pile: Xavier Dupré, typographical itinerary

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.

FF Mark Condensed – “Variance meets consistency”

March 16, 2016 by
Ferdinand Ulrich
Ferdinand Ulrich

A conversation with Hannes von Döhren, Andreas Frohloff, Ivo Gabrowitsch, Christoph Koeberlin, Jens Kutílek, Erik Spiekermann and Bernd Volmer grants us a peek behind the curtains of their collaboration while they discuss the creation of the new FontFont release FF Mark® Condensed. We talk about the unreleased "narrow” version to explain the new "condensed”, about ‘ch’-ligatures and the missing "spectacle-g” as well as about the importance of democratic design decisions and basket arches. What’s more, we asked: How narrow should the ‘s’ be, how do you avoid an “egg”, and when does it begin to feel like “Mark”?