20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf

by Fred Showker

20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival My favorite part of the annual fonts fest is just searching for cool entries and resources to share with the DTG readers! If I ever give up the internet publishing thing, this is probably one activity I'll continue in my 60-Second Windows blog. With Pinterest, Tumblr and all the various social image sharing medias, there's no shortage of hunting grounds. You could easily make a full-time job of discovering cool stuff, all day, every day, without seeing the same things twice.

In this first surf for 2014, I'm filtering to the unusual, and off the beaten paths. Much of the surf so far is more about the human interaction with lettering, fonts and typography than the fonts themselves. And of course, that's the most important end result of typography in the first place! On this page we'll visit
Design and creativity Monotype and MIT AgeLab Study Links Type Style with Driver Distraction Risk
Design and creativity Take the SVA Train: Louise Fili's Homage to New York's Subway Signage
Design and creativity Helvetica and the New York Subway System,
Design and creativity Paul Shaw : of lettering and letterforms

Helvetica and the New York Subway System

Lettering & Calligraphy

For decades the New York City subway system was a visual jungle of confusing and often redundant signs in mosaic, terracotta, cut stone, porcelain enamel, wood and paint.
      This began to change in 1966 when Unimark International was hired to instill order and clarity to the system. What happened in the four decades since is the story of this book.
20 Years of Typography Full story : www.helveticasubway.com
GO Get: Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
2014 ... related image Here's a spread from: the book

Take the SVA Train: Louise Fili's Homage to New York's Subway Signage

Lettering & Calligraphy

We've talked about Louise Fili before - as one of our favorite modern-day designers. One of her memorable posters is this eye-catching simulation of the mosaics that are virtually synonymous with the New York subway and thus with the city itself.
      The poster was produced for the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
20 Years of Typography Full story : Printmag.com: Louise Fili's Homage to New York's Subway Signage
GO See : Take The A Train
2014 ... related image Many, many more from: Louise Fili

Paul Shaw : of lettering and letterforms

Lettering & Calligraphy

Paul Shaw is a rather extraordinary Graphic designer, Lettering artist, Design historian, writer and Graphic design educator
      His work spans decades, but probably more important is his documentation, articles and teachings of type, typography, lettering and design.
20 Years of Typography Full story : paulshawletterdesign.com
2014 ... related image Okay, so scripting is a little more than: skin deep!

Monotype and MIT AgeLab Study Links Type Style with Reduced Driver Distraction Risk

Can a typefont reduce accidents on highways? Monotype imaging asks that question . . .
20 Years of Typography Full story : Monotype and MIT
2014 ... related image Some say even better than Helvetica is: Frutiger


Surf along with us -- and please, share your findings with DTG readers! We'll be back tomorrow and continue our 20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival Surf ... stay tuned!

GO NEXT: The Festival Continues . . .

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

      Editor/Publisher : DTG Magazine
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      Published online since 1988

 


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