Archive for the ‘Typography’ category

The Evolution of The Logo – Smashing Magazine

July 12th, 2010

Printer's Mark (from smashingmagazine.com)

Smashing Magazine has published a short history of the logo. As a fan of logos (both the plural of logo and the software Logos (which is completely unrelated to the word logo)), from printers’ marks (example shown here) to Rembrandt’s “logo”/signature and more. Take a stroll down logo lane at The Evolution of The Logo – Smashing Magazine.

The Making of Vesper | i love typography, the typography and fonts blog

February 8th, 2010
Vesper's two phases (from ilovetypography.com)

Vesper's two phases (from ilovetypography.com)

How are fonts designed? What are the steps and decisions a font designer must make to create a really vibrant and successful font? As someone who recently started enjoying fonts, I’ve never really considered these questions, until now. On the i love typography website (one of my favorite blogs and websites), Rob Keller, of Mota Italic, describes The Making of Vesper, broken down into two phases of his design process as he created a new font, Vesper: The first phase, comprising the Regular, Devanagari, Heavy, and Italic, was completed during his stint at the Masters in Arts, Typographic Design, at the University of Reading. After completing the MA, Rob completed the font’s remaining weights and revised the existing weights.

He provided some interesting details about the process and how he made some design decisions throughout, all of which have a real bearing on the final result.

» Read more: The Making of Vesper | i love typography, the typography and fonts blog

With Copyright Protectors Like These, who Needs Enemies? – Brand New

February 5th, 2010
Hadopi Logo (via underconsideration.com)

Hadopi Logo (via underconsideration.com)

One of my favorite blogs is Brand New. Each post is informative and enjoyable. Recently, they posted an incredible story displaying the dangers of protectors failing to live up to their own standards. Hadopi, the French agency responsible for policing copyright violations and protecting creators from intellectual property theft is guilty of the same. Here’s the short story:

  1. The government hires an agency to design the logo
  2. The agency (Plan Créatif) mocks up a logo
  3. The logo was found to include 2 unlicensed fonts (Bienvenue, which was designed by Jean François Porchez exclusively for France Télécom and only available via websites hosting illegal materials, and Bliss, designed by Jeremy Tankard)
  4. The agency quickly licenses Bliss and replaces Bienvenue with FS Lola (designed for FontSmith by Phil Garnham)
  5. A new, properly licensed logo is released (though the fonts were licensed on the day the logo was released to the public!)

Pretty amazing. For the first post exposing the problem, written by Jean-Baptiste Levée, read his post on graphism.fr. See Le Point’s post (1/11/2010) for a French perspective, or Font Feed’s post. BoingBoing and Torrentfreak also have coverage. It even garnered TV coverage (LCI; in french).