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Old 03-28-2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Guide to typeface selection

Cameron Moll has written an article on a timely topic: “The non-typographer’s guide to practical typeface selection.” In fact, some of his comments could be thought-provoking for anyone who uses type — typographer or not.

Found the link on the Microsoft Typography site (which also has a short note about our move from CIS to here). The MS site keeps a pretty good list of news items about fonts, typographic events, and news.

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Old 03-28-2005, 01:25 PM   #2
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Thanks, there is always something new to learn.
Cameron Moll sounds like an intresting type (no pun intended).
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Cameron Moll sounds like an intresting type (no pun intended).
Yes — he does. Has some good ideas in the article, too.

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Old 03-29-2005, 01:11 PM   #4
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I'm so glad you started this thread! I've been meaning to post about a font selection website mentioned in the March issue of PC Graphics Report - http://pcgraphicsreport.com/ .

See:
http://www.will-harris.com/esperfonto/

It's interesting and I think might be useful--particularly if you know your fonts as it doesn't display the actual font faces...

I'm curious what you think of it...

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Old 03-29-2005, 04:43 PM   #5
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Daniel Will-Harris and I go way back. Unfortunately, I do not have much faith in his typographic advice.

So I think I will simply not comment. :-(

   
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Old 03-29-2005, 06:45 PM   #6
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Did you see this at Microsoft's site here:
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/....aspx?NID=3441

"Female giants of type
"About.com - 2 September 2004

"About.com's Jacci Howard Bear names Beatrice Ward, Carol Twombly, Kathleen Tinkel and Robin Williams as four of the most influential women from the world of type."

You're in distinguished company, or should I say they are.
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And I just discovered last week that DWH apparently knows and did the site design for Brian Stokes Mitchell, an actor/singer that my 5 year old aspiring actor wanted to know more about after hearing him singing "Through Heaven's Eyes" in Spielberg's animated movie Prince of Egypt.

Ben asked me to find a picture of BSM on line and Google's image search pulled up something at the site above. When I went exploring it took me a few minutes, but I finally noticed that part of it was housed at DWH's site.

   
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Jacci used to be a forum member years ago. I wonder if she knows we're here now.

   
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Wow, we have a "giant of type" in our midst! Great find, Judy.

   
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"About.com's Jacci Howard Bear names Beatrice Ward, Carol Twombly, Kathleen Tinkel and Robin Williams as four of the most influential women from the world of type."

You're in distinguished company, or should I say they are.
Oh, gee — that old thing! <g>

I am pretty sure that none of the other three of us would ever put ourselves on Beatrice Ward’s level. It was she (writing as Paul Beaujean) who discovered that the fonts long believed to be Garamond’s 16th-century originals were in fact Jean Jannon’s from the 17th century.

Except for Stempel Garamond and its clones, all the “Garamonds” developed before WW2 should actually have been named for Jannon. There have been a few notable Garamond-based fonts since then: Garaldus (1956; Novarese; no longer available); Sabon (1966; Tschichold; somewhat diminished by its production requirements); Adobe Garamond (1989; Rob Slimbach); 1530 Garamont (1993; Ross Mills/Tiro; no longer offered); and Augereau (1996?; George Abrams).

Ward also gave the famous “crystal goblet” talk in which she said that type should be invisible. She also was editor of The Monotype Recorder for many years, during the interesting period between the world wars when that company was developing many fonts based on early models.
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