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My FontFont day

Last week I won in one of the «Kalendsadventer» contests of FontBlog. Because I live in Switzerland it took my prize the whole week from Berlin to my mailbox. And when I came back home yesterday afternoon after I had celebrated my birthday within the family this weekend, I finally found the FontShop-labeled package waiting for me. My impatience dealed with the cardboard packaging and revealed this shiny yellow book titled «Made with FontFont – Type for independent Minds».

The book edited by Jan Middendorp (author of «Dutch Type») and Erik Spiekermann (founder of FontShop) is a kind of a tribute to the FontFont library founded by the abovementioned Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody in 1990. True to the motto «by designers, for designers» the collection was continously advanced. «Made with FontFont» presents several views on the process of type design in the form of essays by and interviews with type designers about their fonts contained in the FF library. Another part of the book shows a rich collection of pages made with these fonts. Additionally you can browse through a lot of type specimens created by typographers from around the world with a FF font of their choice.

The book definitly offers an impression of the manifoldness of typographic work. It's a motley thunderstorm of styles, font faces and colors. The quality of the presented material varies notedly from page to page. Nevertheless it is a concentrated bunch of information about type and the different ways it is used. That makes it a worthwhile source of inspiration. So thanks a lot, you guys over there at FontBlog!

And because «Made with FontFont» is no catalog, I want to refer to the official FontFont catalog on this occasion which can entirely be viewed online on issuu. Some FF fonts can be downloaded for free – probably only for a limited time. So go for it. (via i love typography)

If you still aren't fed up with fonts today, you should have a look at «FontShuffle». It's an iPhone app released by FontShop some days ago. It provides several possibilities to search for FontShop fonts and to compare the results and combine them with randomly selected fonts. (via FontBlog)

Monday, December 08th, 2008 12:42AM | Read: 7805 times | Feedback: 0
Tagged: typography, erik spiekermann, jan middendorp, fontfont, fontblog, fontshop

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