As you could have gathered from my review of Verena Gerlach and Fritz Grögel’s excellent Karbid, Berlin – From lettering to type design I am fascinated by type design as a means to practice typographic archaeology. Even more so if the resulting typeface helps document a lettering style that is in danger of disappearing, thus preserving it from extinction. This is exactly what Ramiro Espinoza did for the intricately graceful “krulletters” with his Krul font and the book The Curly Letter of Amsterdam. The curly script letters that used to grace so many typical bars in Amsterdam are now in danger of fading away into oblivion. But there is hope in a new generation of local signpainters learning the trade.
A week ago FontExplorer® X Pro 5 – the latest version of Monotype’s state-of-the art font management solution – was released. Well-known for its intuitive, contemporary user interface, the app’s thorough feature set includes numerous tools for font discovery and organization as well as activation controls that ensure fonts are active only when needed. This speeds the creative workflow by minimizing the list of options in font menus to just the essentials, while also helping the user’s machine to run efficiently.
You may not always notice, but our team of fearless developers continuously tinker away at FontShop.com, going out of their way to improve the user experience and make visiting our responsive website as smooth as possible. Hey, there’s a reason they recently won all these awards and are currently nominated for the Net Awards! Lately they have been concentrating on the user navigation. We thought this to be a good time to have a refresher and go over the features with you.