The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 28, 2017
by Dan
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Back to Futura

Vox takes a lighthearted look at the history of Futura, “the font that escaped the Nazis and landed on the moon”: 

February 9, 2017
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Goudy & Syracuse: The Tale of a Typeface Found

The tale of rediscovering Sherman, a typeface designed by American type designer Frederic Goudy in 1910 and revived by Chester Jenkins for Pentagram in 2016 for Syracuse University:

June 14, 2016
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Johnston100 for Transport for London

A short film about Monotype’s update to Transport for London’s Johnston typeface: Originally designed by Edward Johnston in 1916, the ‘remastered’ Johnston100 typeface, attempts to restore the idiosyncrasies of the Johnston’s design while expanding it to embrace contemporary typographic trends and meet new digital requirements. Johnston100 includes five weights … Continue reading

September 21, 2015
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Adrian Frutiger: His Type Designs Show You the Way

The New York Times obituary for type designer Adrian Fruitger who died at the age of 87 on September 10  in his native Switzerland: The son of a weaver, Adrian Johann Frutiger was born on May 24, 1928, in Unterseen, near Interlaken, Switzerland. As a … Continue reading

January 28, 2015
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The Doves Type Revival

I missed this wonderful story about the infamous lost typeface of English Arts and Crafts publisher Doves Press — unceremoniously “bequeathed” to the Thames by one of the co-founders of the press —  in The Economist last month: Between August 1916 and January 1917 Cobden-Sanderson, a printer and bookbinder, … Continue reading

September 9, 2011
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Doyald Young, Logotype Designer

In this short film for Lynda.com, the late Doyald Young, legendary typographer, logotype designer, author and teacher, talks about his life and work: (via Brain Pickings)

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