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In Use: Capucine and Anchor Pair Up in Seattle

Seattle Met, a magazine covering the local scene in Seattle, WA, has been using Anchor and Bryant Compressed since May, when designer André Mora came on board. But it was for the summery July issue, with its focus on farms, foraging and other foodie adventures that Mora paired Anchor with the agile Capucine, named after the French word for the Nasturtium flower.

As the newest addition to our family of typefaces, it’s great to see Capucine being put to use here in a way that showcases its flexibility, from display headlines to captions.

Seattle Met July 2011

See more photos of Capucine in use here.


Summer Reading

Detail of WAD to RR: a letter about designing type

When we saw today’s release of the summer reading list for the University of Reading typeface design students, one title stood out. Gerry Leonidas, director of the program, has put together a great index of references that includes an influential monograph by William Addison Dwiggins.

Dwiggins, an American illustrator and book designer, came to type design later in life. He wrote WAD to RR: a letter about designing type to colleague Rudolph Ruzicka in 1940, offering rare insight into the typeface design process. We pulled out our copy of the Dwiggins text from our collection.

Cover of WAD to RR: a letter about designing type

Dwiggins, who is credited with coining the term “graphic designer”, is a particularly compelling character for the lively variety of his work. In addition to his work in advertising, book design, calligraphy and type design, he also operated a marionette theater (recently highlighted in The Daily Heller). Though he studied lettering with Frederic Goudy as a young man, he didn’t take up type design until his late forties, when he was invited by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company to create a contemporary sans-serif typeface that then turned into the idiosyncratic sans Metro.

Detail of WAD to RR: a letter about designing type

View more photos of our copy on Flickr, or read the entire letter here.


Found Type: Adhesive Helvetica

Adhesive Helvetica

Hidden within a large collection of rub down and transfer type we acquired last fall was this set of adhesive Helvetica caps and matching Samsonite logos. The stuffy palette says 1984 (as does the fine print on the bottom) but we can only guess at their use. We assume the letters’ original owner, an interior designer by trade, first personalized her luggage (her initials were VR) and then… well we’re not sure. The destination of S & O will have to remain a mystery.


Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost card

Designer Ross Moody and his 55 Hi’s imprint are one of the reasons we love running our own type foundry. It’s been said that type design is a lonely, difficult and frustrating endeavor and while that can be true, it’s also immensely gratifying when the bi-product of your work is so surprising.

FIG Script default

‘Is that our FIG Script?’ we wondered. When set in all caps, a script face doesn’t traditionally connect. So what gives? Capable hands. Ross deftly connected the caps, modified certain letters and added flourishing touches.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost card

‘Not all who wander are lost’ is a derivative of a line from a J.R.R. Tolkien poem titled, ‘All that is gold does not glitter.’ The poem appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the original line read, ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’ The poem and its place in the trilogy is documented on Wikipedia.

Ross has created limited edition, hand screen printed posters and postcards of ‘Not all who wonder are lost’ that are available on his site.


The Fine Print, Literally

February Print Magazine with Kettler

The February issue of Print magazine, guest art directed by ProjectProjects, featured our oldest typeface Kettler. Starting on the cover and continuing throughout the issue, Kettler quietly punctuates conversations between a panel of selected guests on the subject of collaboration between disciplines.

February Print Magazine with Kettler

Kettler played a role in another magazine designed by ProjectProjects called Work, now out-of-print. It’s been a joy to see Kettler used by such capable hands.


Found Type: Speedball Practice Sheet

Elephants never forget

When buying used books, sometimes a glimpse of the previous owner comes with them. Inside our copy of “Lettering Poster Design For Pen And Brush” by Ross F. George, copyright 1941, is a very lightly used lettering practice sheet.

Wick logo variations

On the opposite side of same sheet are several variations on the wordmark “Wick”. The previous owner’s last name?


Five new webfonts!

We’ve converted five more of our typefaces into webfonts. Now you can license Anchor, Kettler, Locator Display, Maple and the much-requested Stratum 1 & 2 for use with the CSS rule @font-face. For a one-time fee, you can serve the delivered WOFFs and EOTs yourself or host the fonts through Typekit. For a quick overview of our webfont option, read Webfonts with @font-face, finally!.

Learn more:
Webfonts & @font-face in the Help section
Our Webfont License
FAQ about the License


New Release: Capucine

More than four years in the making, we’re proud to finally announce the release of Capucine, a new family of types designed by Alice Savoie. With influences ranging from calligraphy to Art Nouveau to brush scripts, this five-weight family offers – to put it in a single phrase – joie de vivre. See more of Capucine and learn all the details about our latest release.