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Penmanship for iOS: Draw fascinating variations with simple pen pressure

I wrote about this new app in 2016, when they launched Calligraphy Penmanship for iOS devices. Its most important feature is based on the pressure control of the Apple Pencil on the screen of the iPad Pro. In fact, for writing Penmanship, angle and azimuth sensitivities are not helpful to produce beautiful shades of stylish letters. May 1, 2017

A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! This is essential reading for all new designers, even if you read some of the later font articles -- this is the foundation! January 23, 2017

45 FREE Commercial Use HALLOWEEN FONTS

22nd fonts fest FREE FONTS

NEED TO SCARE UP SOME NEW FONTS? Dig up some wildly creative font styles that make any Halloween-inspired project a hit! This commercial use font collection now includes 45 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal AND business project October 7, 2016

1000 OpenType Fonts with Webfont versions and international type support

In addition to the 2,000 fonts collection -- MacAppware has now rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts, including new Webfont versions to the fonts, and international type support for languages! There's also a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! October 5, 2016

FFF #6: superb lettering, Deco, tasty food fonts, retro script, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf six

Fonts and more fonts is what the fonts fest is all about -- but we also love lettering, calligraphy and all manner of doing cool stuff with words and letters. Our special treat this week was meeting back up with Gemma O'Brien after so many years! She's become quite the celebrity in the lettering world! Congrats, Gemma! But there's lots more! Have fun . . .

  • Fresh bites and delights : Culinary
  • Gemma O'Brien lettering
  • Sweet Sorrow Free Font
  • BARON (Free typefamily)
  • Salt and Spices Pro
  • True North Textures
October 4, 2016

The Fonts Package of the Year: MacAppware just made it a lot bigger and better

We've told you about MacAppware and 128bit Technologies and their Premium Fonts packages before. Well, the 7.0 release of this truly extraordinary fonts collection has added all new Webfont versions -- but that's not all! They have also added a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! With this epic collection, you won't need another font for a long time . . . maybe for ever! September 29, 2016

FFF #5: Font confusion, cool sans, recipes, type on the sidewalk, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf four

Sometimes we run across something really intriguing and we have to follow up on it -- we were told all about Luc Devroye's article on whether or not Adobe actually created the Cronos font! But there's more -- some nice freebies in this edition, and a young lady doing some remarkable art with type and letterforms! Have fun . . .

  • Does Adobe steal fonts? How close are they?
  • Posterama Sans Serif, Display with attitude!
  • Charmante is a charming little font
  • Trying fonts online ... again
  • Type on the sidewalk
September 27, 2016

FFF #4: Rust, Water, Vintage Signs, Scripts, Penmanship, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf four

Moving on into the 4th surf, we'll visit some interesting locations and people. The people are what makes this job so special -- getting to meet people and see what's cookin' in the world of fonts and typography! Follow along . . .

  • Nexa Rust font for natural looks - it's a Free Font
  • Everybody needs a little Water in their fonts
  • From Sea to Shining Sea Vintage Signs
  • Jeboy! Script type with style!
  • The lost art of Penmanship
September 20, 2016

FFF #3: Antique slabs, Avant Garde twin, a new Goudy, free fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf three

Moving on into the 3rd surf for the month, we'll see some new stuff, a new Goudy -- a new Avant, and with the help of Steven Heller and Louise Fili we'll visit some historic fonts!

  • Another Marguerite font? Yes, and this one's better!
  • ITC Goudy Sans: the different sans serif typefaces
  • Slab Serif Type: A Century of Bold Letterforms
  • A new Sans in the Avant Garde tradition
  • Simpleness Display Free Typeface
September 14, 2016