17th Annual Fonts Surf Two

by Fred Showker

17th Annual Fonts & Typography Surf Now we continue our fonts surf (from the previous page) with more extraordinary typographic works, news, reviews, and views with * Who stole Times Roman? * Six Fonts That Piss People Off * Typeface Inspired by Comic Books * Logos in Black * Love Thy Logo * More Comic Sans Bashing * . . . and more -- continuing through October ...

Who stole Times Roman?

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According to "The history of the Times New Roman typeface" by Joel Alas...

quoting Eighty-year-old Parker is one of the world's leading experts on type. As the head of typographic development at the once-formidable Mergenthaler Linotype company in New York from the 1950s to the 1970s, he had enormous influence over the fonts available to the American public. Parker relates the story of the late Gerald Giampa, an eccentric Canadian master printer who, in 1987, purchased the remnants of the Lanston Monotype company. Giampa delved into the company's archive, where he claimed to have unearthed documents that refer to a typeface known only as Number 54 -- the font, that we now know as Times New Roman. Except that these documents dated from 1904, and bore the name of a different designer: William Starling Burgess.
      Parker says that in 1921 Lanston Monotype tried unsuccessfully to sell the Number 54 font to a fledgling news magazine called Time. Sometime after that, Burgess's drawings fell into the hands of Stanley Morison, a type consultant at the Monotype Corporation in Britain, by way of Frank Hinman Pierpont, an American who managed that company's factory in Surrey and who made a career out of reviving old fonts. end quote

READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.ft.com

Logos in Black

2011 17th annual fall fonts fest in DTG Magazine

You heard the Beatles tune "Babys in Black" ... well, designer Chris Trivizas calls this "Logos in Black"
      Chris Trivizas has a creative studio committed to providing premium quality, integrated communication solutions in Athens, Greece. Chris is into graphic design, branding, package design and other creative fields
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.christrivizas.gr
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Love Thy Logo

2011 17th annual fall fonts fest in DTG Magazine

Bill Gardner got ripped off. Bill writes:

Quoting  begins Charlatan, Huckster, Moron, Thief! August 14, I receive an email from Von Glitschka asking if I was aware of the www.LogoGarden.com site or that they had posted a number of Gardner Design's logos for sale. Cut to their URL and it's a "Do It Yourself" logo and business card site for $79. They have "created" thousands of logos for you to select from. Place them with type and add color and they'll take your money. Quoting  ends

READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.rockpaperink.com
creativity for visual artists and designers Here, Shows brand logos offered for sale on cheap logo site

Six Fonts That Piss People Off

2011 17th annual fall fonts fest in DTG Magazine

You can also read some font rumors and ????? in this article by Cliff Kuang in a 2009 issue of FastCompany. Kuang writes:

quoting IKEA's signature typeface, a customized version of Futura -- with its tony design pedigree -- has long been an integral part of that brand. But with its 2010 catalogue now arriving in mailboxes, the supplier of headboards and coffee tables to the world's thrifty and trendy has switched to what it sees as a more functional typeface: Verdana. end quote

      Then in a Time/Business article, author Lisa Abend writes:
quoting So why would Ikea make such a change? The very ubiquity of Verdana seems to be part of the font's appeal. Freely distributed by Microsoft, the typeface allows Ikea to use the same font in all countries and with many alphabets. "It's more efficient and cost-effective," says Ikea spokeswoman Monika Gocic. "Plus, it's a simple, modern-looking typeface." end quote
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.fastcompany.com
creativity for visual artists and designers Here, See the video, or another screen capture

Typeface Inspired by Comic Books

2011 17th annual fall fonts fest in DTG Magazine

In this Wall Street Journal article, author Emily Steel fills you in on the upside and downside of the Comic Sans typeface
     

quoting Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it. Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project at Microsoft Corp. 15 years ago to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer. end quote

READ THIS REPORT Full story : Wall Street Journal
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More Comic Sans Bashing ...

Thanks to Alex Walker, Editor of the SitePoint Design View, you can join the "BASH COMIC SANS" movement. Some of these are real ROFL!
      Also, meet the and meet the Comic Sans Group on Flickr with 1,333 items members' posts.
GO Comic Sans Group on Flickr
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.sitepoint.com
creativity for visual artists and designers Here, See more images


And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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