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Decorated or illuminated initials were an important part of medieval manuscripts for a thousand years. From luxurious gold and silver letters to plain drop capitals, they functioned to illustrate, commentate, and adorn the text.

The Year in Type

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. What a year! There is much to bemoan in 2020 2021, but the never-ending year was still an inspiring one in type. This issue of the Month in Type takes a look at some of the highlights of The Year in Type. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Fonts of 2021

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. The year 2021 was mostly memorable for all the wrong reasons. And it feels like I published last year’s favorite fonts list about ten years ago! However, 2021 wasn’t a bad year for type design.

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Valvolina

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Evoking past, present and future, the geometrically glorious Valvolina with 'its bizarre yet engaging assemblage of contrapuntal shapes' is the topic of this fifth episode of everyone's favorite type column.

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The Month in Type: Nov. 2021

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Jony Ive’s name will forever be associated with Apple and the iPhone. But what’s he been up to since leaving Apple? Would you believe this is the work of Ives?

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Fonts in Focus: Palast

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Hannes von Döhren, award-winning designer of the expansive Brandon superfamily, has teamed up with Bernd Volmer to produce yet another typographic hit with the release of the splendid Palast superfamily.

Fonts 213

Steven Heller’s Font of the Month

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. In this debut issue of our new monthly column, design legend Steven Heller takes a look at René Bieder’s Magnat font family.

Fonts 217

Fonts in the Twilight Zone

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Among my favorite kinds of typefaces are those that don’t fit neatly into predefined or existing categories; those that dip their toes into more than one genre, or take their cues from disparate historical periods.

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Making your font wishes come true

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Only 10 days until Christmas! And what a year! To celebrate this year, we have something special for you, including some 100% discounts for a lucky few. In the ILT store you can add your favorite fonts to a wishlist.

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: TheStencil

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Who doesn't love stencil fonts. In this third episode of Font of the Month, Steven Heller dives into Lucas Fonts’ TheStencil typeface family. So what’s so special about these new stencil fonts designed by Luc(as) de Groot? Read on to find the answer.

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Talking about type

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. After more than 50 years, the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) chose to dump the Vox-ATypI font classification system. Why the breakup? And does it really matter? Is there anything to be gained by devising replacement systems?

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Women of Letters

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Women of Letters is the first in a new series of short interviews.

An Interview with Ulrike Rausch

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Ulrike Rausch is an author and award-winning type designer based in Berlin. She’s also the designer of one of my all-time favorite handwriting typefaces, the beautiful and authentic, LiebeHeide.

My Favorite Typefaces of 2020

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. After a decade, ILT's annual Favorite Fonts list is back.

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Erotique

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. In the latest edition of Font of the Month, Steven Heller waxes lyrical about a new font family from Zetafonts. Erotique stimulates the senses, craves for attention, and — well, read on to find out!

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Why Bold not Black Friday?

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. We would like to give thanks this Thanksgiving to the brilliant designers who give shape to our words, so we’re taking a bold step that no other font distributor has taken before: All income goes to the foundries and designers. The post Why Bold not Black Friday?

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Ask ILT: Grotesque & Neo-Grotesque

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. For the first in my brand new series of reader questions, I begin with two common type classifications. They sound pretty much the same and they do have a lot in common, but their differences are significant, and that makes them suitable for different applications.

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Black Print

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An introduction to early African American print culture; its authors, editors, journalists, printers and publishers in America. From protest pamphlets to the first Black newspapers and books. The post Black Print appeared first on I Love Typography. typography america typographic firsts

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Oposta

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. In this second episode of our new monthly column, the legendary Steven Heller takes a closer look at one of his favorite fonts.

Fonts 179

An Interview with Fontfabric

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. We interviewed the brilliantly talented folk at Fontfabric. Their clients include high-profile brands like Nike, Lipton, Hyundai, CNET, and the US national football team.

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An Interview with John Hudson

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. John Hudson, co-founder of Tiro Typeworks, world-class type designer and expert in font technology. We talk with him about the award-winning superfamily, Brill, the challenges of multilingual typography, volcanoes and walking the dog.

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Inventing Posters

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The modern poster first appeared in France in the 19th century, but its antecedents can be found in Renaissance printmaking.

Welcome to the family!

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. When we launched our store back in June, we did so with 40 indie foundries. Today, just five months on, we’re thrilled to announce a second cohort of 21 foundries and more than 200 font families.

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Penny Dreadfuls & Murder Broadsides

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The Industrial Revolution mechanized printing and reduced costs, leading to explosive growth in publishing. At the same time, an unprecedented increase in literacy produced millions of new readers and sparked a reading revolution. But what were these new readers to read?

Point, don’t point

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The pointed finger must surely be one of the oldest human gestures. In deep prehistory, long before the evolution of spoken language, and when we were considerably hairier, it is not difficult to imagine one of our primitive human ancestors pointing to a lion, a landmark, or a lemon.

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Expert Lists: Seb Lester

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Calligrapher, designer, educator, and artist, Seb Lester has attracted a huge and devoted following — both for his talent and wit.

Death of a?Typeface

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Robert Granjon (1513–90) was a French type designer who, in 1557, invented a new style of typeface that was modeled on contemporary handwriting. It later came to be know as Civilité, after the civilité of etiquette books that the typeface often appeared in.

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Fun with Fonts

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Today I launched two short multiple choice quizzes. The first starts at the beginning with Gutenberg, with questions about his life and his famous Bible. Some of the questions are pretty easy; others you might find rather difficult.

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Talking about type: Introducing CEDARS+

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. There are the many ways with which to understand letterforms. There are schools of thought that focus on the impact of punchcutting and metal type on the outlines of letterforms, or on the historical period in which a style of typeface first emerged.

Emoji b4 emoji

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Tens of millions of broadsides were printed from the very earliest days of printing. Many were cheap and ephemeral, eventually being recycled or ending up in the trash. Others, like rebus and puzzle broadsides were novel and engaging enough to live longer lives. This is my very brief look at some early examples of these curious so-called hieroglyphic broadsides. The post Emoji b4 emoji appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 19th century ephemera

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Dragons & Unicorns

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. For more than a thousand years the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphs was completely lost. For centuries, many assumed that they were magical symbols that might never be understood by mere mortals.

Printed Pandemic: Plague Books

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The Black Death of the fourteenth century, a disease named after the symptomatic boils and darkened skin caused by internal bleeding, claimed as many as 200 million lives.

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Who invented the news­paper?

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News has been around as long as humans have. From word of mouth to handwritten newsletters to printed newspapers in the early 1600s, the news has always captivated us. It has evolved from an expensive and bespoke service for an elite few into a major part of today's mass media.

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Granjon’s Beautiful Bastard

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When books began to be printed in the fifteenth century, scribes were not immediately made redundant.

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The Writing Mistress

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From around the beginning of the 1600s, there was a renewed interest in calligraphy. At the same time, women, known as writing mistresses, begin to teach handwriting and calligraphy to young women.

Prints & Propa­ganda

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By the sixteenth century, printmaking — or art prints — had become a burgeoning industry. Millions were printed and many thousands have survived until the present day.

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The Most Dangerous Book in the World

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On a cold morning in early autumn of 1536, in a small town on the outskirts of Brussels, William Tyndale was led from a tiny prison cell, then chained to a stake, strangled and burned. His crime? Daring to challenge the Catholic Church and his insistence on translating the Bible into English.

Fonts in Focus: Louche

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Issue #3 of Fonts in Focus takes a look at Joona Louhi's weird and wonderful, high contrast display typeface, Louche. Unusual weight distribution and some unorthodox and quirky details make this new release well worth a second look.

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The Oldest Book in America

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Printing was introduced into the Americas by the Italian Giovanni Paoli, better known as Juan Pablos.

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Emoji b4 emoji

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Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Tens of millions of broadsides were printed from the very earliest days of printing. Many were cheap and ephemeral, eventually being recycled or ending up in the trash. Others, like rebus and puzzle broadsides were novel and engaging enough to live longer lives.

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