November 1, 2013
The Typekit pop-up library will appear tomorrow, November 2nd, at Ampersand NYC. The library will be located on the upper level, to the left of the stage entrance and just around the corner. If you saw the pop-up library at Brooklyn Beta, it’ll look a little different this time, as we’ve changed the look and layout to be unique to Ampersand. In addition to hosting a few new books, our space is a little cozier, which we think suits a library well. Come find a book and take a seat for a little while between sessions; maybe you’ll learn something new.
And don’t forget to join us for the after party at the Hudson Bond, 215 West 40th Street. We’ll be there from 7:30pm on!
New additions to the library collection include:
Typeface: Class Typography for Contemporary Design by Tamye Riggs
Here is an ambitious book that covers a lot of ground and does it well. Written and designed by my friends Tamye Riggs and James Grieshaber, respectively, it works as both a visual introduction to typefaces in use in a variety of settings, but can also serve as a colorful reference for future typographic projects. — Christopher Slye
Typoholic by Viction:workshop
Thinking with Type (2nd Edition) by Ellen Lupton
Merz to Emigre and Beyond by Stephen Heller
Playful Type 2 by Robert Klanten; Hendrik Hellige; Jan Middendorp
Interaction of Color – Josef Albers
designing with web standards, Jeffrey Zeldman & Ethan Marcotte
Corporate Diversity – Andres Janser and Barbara Junod
Herb Lubalin – Gertrude Snyder and Alan Peckolick
Symbols Signs Letters - Martin Andersch
Football Type Rick – Banks and Sheridan Bird
Adobe Originals type specimen books: Poetica, Minion, Adobe Caslon, Adobe Garamond, Adobe Jenson, and Garamond Premier.
If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, please get in touch with us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2013
Are you going to be at Gigaom Roadmap in San Francisco next week? Designer and typography expert Erik Spiekermann and our own Jeff Veen will be sitting down together to discuss Typeface on Screens: the Invisible Building Blocks of Brands. Join them to hear their thoughts on the importance of type in the digital age.
October 28, 2013
Ampersand, The Web Typography Conference, traditionally takes place once a year in Brighton, England. This Saturday, November 2nd, Ampersand will be making its stateside debut in New York City. The speaker lineup is impressive, including web design and type professionals such as Trent Walton and Nick Sherman.
Typekit is pleased to be sponsoring the event, and will be buying everyone drinks at the after party at The Hudson Bond. We hope to see you there!
The conference takes place from 9:00am–6:15pm on Saturday, November 2, at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st Street). The after party kicks off at 7:30pm at The Hudson Bond (215 West 40th Street). Tickets to the day event can be purchased online.
October 11, 2013
Today we’re excited to announce the Typekit pop-up library, which is making its debut this week at Brooklyn Beta. If you’re here at the conference and need a break from the bustling crowd, we’ve designed this library to be a unique space to relax a bit and get inspired.
Books are a timeless source of inspiration, education, and influence for the work we do—not only do we respect their content, but also the craftsmanship behind the physical objects. Typekit’s pop-up library is a growing collection of design-centric books—currently numbering around 65 titles—carefully selected by members of the Typekit team. We recommended these because they continue to be useful in our work, and in many cases have even earned a spot on our shelves at home.
Conferences are great for meeting people in person. Meet some of your favorite books in person, too! The library is set up on the mezzanine level at Brooklyn Beta all day, along with some treats from Ovenly Bakery and Bedford Cheese Shop. Stop by to look through a book, enjoy a snack, and say hello to Typekit team members.
For those of you who can not be with us at Brooklyn Beta today and would like to check out the books we brought, here’s the complete list. We picked out 16 of our favorites and wrote a note about what we like most about it. Maybe you’ll find some titles here that can help you in your work too.
Another cherished overview of type, arranged as a kind of tour through styles and history. Chapter by chapter, it explores type from its beginning up to the 20th century. This is another book I read from beginning to end. It’s also carefully designed and a pleasure to look at and hold. — Christopher Slye
Drawing on his vast knowledge of typefaces and keen eye for subtle details, Stephen Coles coaches readers through a collection of simple, striking type samples—highlighting the features that make the typefaces noteworthy, and making suggestions about how each can best be used. — Tim Brown
This is an excellent visual overview of movable type as it has evolved over its history. The large format provides enough space to generously cover numerous examples from every significant typographic period. By presenting identical specimens for a variety of similar typefaces, you can easily see and compare their differences. — Christopher Slye
A superb collection of the interviews conducted with type designers for the MyFonts email newsletter. The interviews are so thorough that they absolutely deserved a medium more permanent than email, and this book is that answer. — Elliot Jay Stocks
The great type designer and typographer Hermann Zapf designed this book as a celebration of type and typography, as well as a nod to Giambattista Bodoni’s Manuale Tipografico. Each page shows a simple, elegant design, demonstrating the typeface and its function. And like most everything, most of the pages can now be found online. — Ben Trissel
Cyrus Highsmith’s brief book about the basics of typography, with delightful illustrations and no wasted words. The parts about white space are especially great, with useful terms like “glyph space” and handy volumetric comparisons. Simple and enjoyable, yet weighty with wisdom. — Tim Brown
A great primer for the budding typography enthusiast and an excellent reference manual for the more discerning typographer, Post Typography’s book is both educational and visually stimulating—perfect for the coffee table. — Elliot Jay Stocks
When I was first learning about type, this book was an intelligent and readable resource which covered, all at once, the technology, craft, history of type—and some of its best designers. It’s the kind of book you can read cover-to-cover (and I did). Walter Tracy’s writing is always friendly and approachable. Very much a predecessor in spirit to the better-known Elements of Typographic Style, it was one of the first several books that got me hooked on type. — Christopher Slye
Something of a typography bible from the highly-regarded and highly-opinionated Erik Spiekermann, using real-world examples—human faces, physical spaces, music, etc.—as metaphors for a deeper understanding of type’s ability to elicit deeply emotional responses in the reader. — Elliot Jay Stocks
Jay Hembidge spent years studying and analyzing classic art and architecture. From his research, he cataloged the types of proportional systems used in the creation of buildings, books and various artifacts. A fantastic resource for designers frustrated with the blank canvas or blank page. — Ben Trissel
From specimens, to symbols, to history and harmony, Robert Bringhurst explains the art and craft of typography like none other. If you buy one book about typography, make it this one. It was my own introduction to the field, and remains a reliable desk reference. — Tim Brown
This fun and informal book, divided into “good” and “bad” halves, takes an often-humorous look at the dos and don’ts of typography and presents them in an engaging style. — Elliot Jay Stocks
A straightforward book of text type specimens, with some interesting introductory notes. This is one of my favorite specimen books because of the quantity of typefaces shown and the extensive text specimens. The book’s British origin means some faces lesser-known to US readers are included. — Christopher Slye
WestVaCo commissioned this “inspirational” series as a method of showcasing their papers. The math was simple: pair exciting design with WestVaCo papers, and give the results to customers, who will in turn buy more paper. Each issue is about 28 pages in length and covers a specific aspect of typography: size, weight, structure, form, texture, color, and direction. — Ben Trissel
Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico
Glimpse into the rarely-seen sketchbooks of the world’s most respected designers in this behind-the-scenes book that provides healthy doses of inspiration and celebrates the power of these hand-drawn ideas. — Elliot Jay Stocks
Because so much of modern design and production happened in this magazine. If you were a designer in the 70′s and 80′s, U&lc was a constant in your studio. A product of Herb Lubalin and International Type Corporation, every issue featured fantastic spec sheets and Herb Lubalin’s signature style. Fonts.com has made a lot of the U&lc archives available in low-res pdf. — Ben Trissel
Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson
If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, please get in touch with us through email@example.com. We are also looking for more books to add to our library and would like to hear your suggestions.
October 8, 2013
Typekit is proud to be sponsoring the ATypI conference, presented by the Association Typographique Internationale, for our third consecutive year. The theme for this year’s conference is “Point Counter Point,” and it is being held in the culturally-rich location of Amsterdam. ATypI ties these two elements of the conference together, explaining that the “interplay of point and counter point also embodies the way visual communication is created and perceived, and it reflects the back-and-forth dialogue that characterizes so much of Dutch cultural history.”
Our colleagues David Lemon and Frank Grießhammer of the Adobe Type team will be presenting their talks at ATypI, as well as other industry luminaries including Georg Seifert, David Brezina, and Nick Sherman. Several members of the Typekit team are in town for the event, so please stop and say hello if you see one of us!
October 2, 2013
We are delighted to sponsor Brooklyn Beta for the second year in a row, and if we come away from it even half as inspired as we were last year, it’ll have been a huge success. Now in its fourth year, Brooklyn Beta’s goal is simple: “to inspire you to make something you love”—whether that “something” is on the web or somewhere else entirely.
This year, we’re bringing a special surprise with us. Stay tuned for more details on the blog next week—or find out in person at Brooklyn Beta. We can’t wait to see you there.
September 25, 2013
Designers can’t always include time within their practice to reflect on their processes, tools, ideas, and studio culture—even as they’re making design history. Fortunately, while some of us are designing, others are determining how to document this great body of work. The Cooper Union examines this in an exhibition we’re proud to sponsor, titled Image of the Studio: A Portrait of New York City Graphic Design. Their exhibition, co-curated by Athletics and Alexander Tochilovsky of the Herb Lubalin Study Center, gives us an opportunity to consider these recent accomplishments and methods.
On view October 1st through 26th at the Herb Lubalin Gallery, the exhibition presents a snapshot of what it means to be a designer in New York City in the year 2013, featuring over 75 of New York’s premier graphic design studios. The opening reception is next Tuesday, October 1st, from 6:00–9:00pm, and is open to the public.
The Herb Lubalin Gallery is located at 41 Cooper Square (Third Ave. between 6th & 7th St) New York, NY 10003.
September 17, 2013
From the day Creative Cloud launched, we’ve been proud to be a part of it. Today on the Adobe Conversations blog, David Wadhwani has a few announcements—most notably, that over a million people have now signed up for premium Creative Cloud subscriptions.
That’s a lot of people: if every Creative Cloud member were to meet up in the same place, we’d form the 10th-biggest city in the United States. Check out David’s message for more details about Creative Cloud’s growth, as well as a few additions to the service we think you’ll enjoy.
We’d like to send a big thank-you out to all our customers for being part of this growth. We’ve already heard great feedback from many of you who have tried out desktop font sync through our early access program, and we’re excited to help you do even more amazing work.
If you’re curious to learn more about Creative Cloud and see a few demonstrations, the team’s going on tour—ask your questions in person at one of these free events! The tour kicks off this week in San Francisco (the nation’s 14th-largest city, for the record), with opening remarks from our very own Jeff Veen.
We’re here at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about using Typekit in conjunction with a Creative Cloud account. Get in touch anytime—we’ll be happy to welcome you to town.
September 4, 2013
We’ve historically looked to the Germans for leading design insights, which makes us excited to visit Freiburg, Germany, next week for Smashing Conference. The conference is going strong in its second year with a terrific speaker lineup, coordinated by Vitaly Freidman and the Smashing Team. Starting off day one, our Creative Director, Elliot Jay Stocks, touches on web design history from a personal perspective by discussing the process of creating his new portfolio. And among the day two presentations, you’ll find Typekit alum Jason Santa Maria talking about evolving the design process.
Smashing Conference will take place from September 9–11th, 2013, at the historic “Kaufhaus” (Merchant’s Hall), Münsterplatz 24, 79098 Freiburg. Conference tickets are sold out, but there is space in select workshops. We hope to see you there!
August 13, 2013
Join us while we get nerdy with type at TypeCon2013 in Portland, Oregon, from August 21st to 25th. Catch presentations from Typekit team members Ben Trissel and Greg Veen, as well as representatives from Typekit foundry partners Hamilton Woodtype, Positype, Steve Mehallo, and P22 Type Foundry. Several from our team will be attending, too, so find us during a coffee break or at the bar to say hi!