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Image of the titles and acts in the poster

Skewed, rotated, and styled

Friday, 27 March, 2020

Once again this week there were a few different threads coming together to inspire this issue. I’m continuing to explore amazing examples of graphic design in the form of publication covers and posters, and focusing on how we can achieve...

Text set with overlaid color and outlines

Outlines and overprints

Monday, 16 March, 2020

A few things coalesced to inspire the issue this week, and they bring us back to exploring some beautiful cover designs dating from the early 1960’s. I recently picked up Impact 1.0 and Impact 2.0 from Unit Editions, each filled...

Text overlay and knockout demo

Figure/ground composition with text, image, and color

Saturday, 29 February, 2020

This week we’re going to dig in to more text effects. In keeping with the idea of exploring more editorial design without requiring lots of custom code, this issue’s experiment could certainly be set up in a content management system...

Getting graphic: reinventing design with type on the web

Graphic designers have customized layouts and title pages in magazines for decades. But, between the limited technology of the early web, and our race to systematize design once we had sufficiently capable technologies, we’ve missed out on much of what...
Talk

Two Jasons talking about Variable Fonts

Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

My friend Jason likes to learn stuff. And what better way to do it than invite people on to a web show and make stuff? We got to chatting at a conference a month or two back and sat down...

Text set in Oswald variable

What the web wants

Friday, 18 October, 2019

[Spoiler alert: it’s you, and your variable fonts]

I wrote a bit about this in my ATypI wrap-up, but felt this was important enough to revisit. While there are certainly reasons for type designers and foundries to be circumspect about...

The ATypI stage

ATypI Tokyo: In-Variably interesting

Monday, 9 September, 2019

There’s no way to adequately sum up what a magical week this has been. A combination of a completely new place and cultural experience, reuniting with a community of friends I only see once or twice a year, and dozens...

Crazy variable axis examples

Variable fonts and quirky custom axes

Friday, 17 May, 2019

Now that we’ve covered the basics of what variable fonts are, how to implement them, and a bit more about what we can do with them to improve the reading experience, let’s focus on some fun. While the registered axes...

Workshop promo (title text)

Great Typography on the Web with Variable Fonts

From paper to pixel, metal to malleable New developments in fonts and the web allow us to practice better typography on screens than ever before. In some ways, even better than we can in print. Get an in-depth introduction to...
Workshop

Modern Typographic Systems with Variable Fonts

Modern developments one the web make it easier than ever to create robust, scalable, elegant typographic systems. Add variable fonts and things get really exciting. We’ll look at how to combine them all to create a whole new way to...
Talk
Talking about Variable Fonts at TYPO Labs, photo courtesy of Peter Constable

2018: Purposeful iteration

Wednesday, 2 January, 2019

2018 was an interesting and exciting year. Not just for what happened, but for what didn’t. This is my own way of trying to capture some of those changes, why I made some of them, and what I hope to...

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