Defaults in Design

Starting the series back up on the subject of defaults, I spent some time thinking about how the limits imposed on the work we do ultimately influence our work’s form.

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Though we’re the designers, and we make the stuff look the way it does, a flip-through sampling of the pages of any advertising or design annual from the last fifty years will reveal its decade of origin—not by looking at the cover, or even the content, but just by examining the processes used. I say limits meaning both those we prescribe and the external constraints imposed by the job or environment. Sibylle Hagmann gave a great talk at TYPO San Francisco on advertising design in the GDR (Germany behind the Iron Curtain) where she pointed out that it was the great shortage of material related to typesetting and design production that led to the development of manual processes and a diversity of interesting and highly refined illustration and lettering styles.

IMG_7027-530x353Sibylle Hagmann speaking on Typography and Culture; Photo by Amber Gregory

 

Seeing how an entire subgenre of design grew out of a set of constraints further opened my eyes to the idea that the look and function of our work is largely a matter of the defaults we accept. And that learning to recognize the previously unconscious decisions we make both frees us and constrains us to use and invent new processes and to be aware of the effects of our choosing.

To introduce a more practical side to this discussion, I thought it would be interesting to look specifically at the defaults I accept, so, over the course of the next few weeks I’ll walk through some InDesign, Illustrator, and HTML/CSS defaults I find handy, as well as touch on some manual processes I go through when designing for screen and print.

That’s all. Thanks to Kent Lew’s Whitman Display for setting the title. Catch the first iteration on defaults here next Thursday. This is Using Type.

Rough: New Caledonia and Brown Gothic

Today we take a look at a pair of faces that together introduce a bit of additional texture to the compositions they create. William Addison Dwiggins’s New Caledonia (digitized by Alex Kaczun), and Nick Shinn’s Brown Gothic.

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Looking closely at Brown Gothic, you’ll notice the subtle swelling of the strokes at each form’s ends and corners. This light distressing, as its designer calls it, serves both to mimic the impression of metal type—and thus hint at a specific period, and to unify and flavor the face’s overall color. New Caledonia offers a distinctive variation from the norm in terms of texture as well, but not by recreating digitally the effects of analog production. The design’s roughness instead comes from a careful variation of contrast, character gesture and proportion. Together the two fill in for each other and suggest very strongly the typographic texture common to American books and magazines of the 1950s and 60s.
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New Fonts This Week

New Fonts
Dorum FY by FONTYOU

Dorum by FONTYOU

Sergio FY by FONTYOU
Sergio by FONTYOU
Secca Soft by Astype
Secca Soft by Astype
Dylan Copperplate by Wiescher

Dylan Copperplate by Wiescher

Caboom by Wiescher

Caboom by Wiescher

Bodoni Classic Fleurs by Wiescher
Bodoni Classic Fleurs by Wiescher

Continuing Promotions

Sofia Soft by Mostardesign Studio – 75% off until 23 of April

DIY Time by Latinotype – 75% off until 23 of April

Nitti Grotesk by Bold Monday – 30% off until 30 April

P22 Wedge by IHOF – 25% off until 30 April

Bodoni Classic Fleurs by Wiescher – 50% until May 1st

Caboom by Wiescher – 50% until May 1st

Dylan Copperplate by Wiescher – 50% until May 1st

Marianina FY by FONTYOU – 80% off until 4 May

Coco FY and Chelly FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 4 May

Exquise FY, Kaili FY, Bruum FY by FONTYOU – 70% off until 4 May

All Laski Slab in Web and OT by ReType – 30% off until 7 May

Business Penmanship by Sudtipos – 30% off until 22 May


Want detailed showing of new fonts straight to your inbox? Make sure you’re receiving them in your inbox. They maybe getting lost in the promotions section. If you use Gmail then you can drag and drop the FontShop Newsletter from your Promotions Tab to your Primary Tab.

Buyer’s Guide: Red Rooster EULA

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With a collection that started in 1990, Steve Jackamen and his team of highly-skilled type designers, typographers and software experts have produced over 700 original and exclusive typefaces. Check out Kingsley, Relish, and Glasgow on FontShop.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up 5CPUs.
  • You can create a non-editable secured PDF for view and print only for non-commercial purposes.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the font software into a Website or Application.
  • You cannot embed the font software into an ePub document.

See Red Rooster EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Next up is Comicraft.

Pinterested: In Your Face: FF Mark

 

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This week on Pinterest, we are highlighting our newest In Your Face board with FF Mark!

Designed with versatility in mind, it breaks tradition with its family of 10 weights ranging from Hairline to Black, with the extreme weights “engineered” to shine bright in large sizes and middle weights optimized for body copy.” You can see more FF Mark on FontFont‘s specially designed website.

New Fonts This Week

New Fonts
Pleasure Point by Comicraft

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Ferry Black by Letters from Sweden
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Como by Flat-it Type Foundry

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Compasse by Flat-it Type Foundry

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Graphie by Flat-it Type Foundry

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Kiro by Flat-it Type Foundry
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Pero by Flat-it Type Foundry

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Bookeyed Martin by Tart Workshop

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Arlt Lanzallamas by PampaType

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Continuing Promotions

Anglecia Complete Pro, Anglecia Display Pro, Anglecia Title Pro, Anglecia Text Pro by Mint Type80% off until 15 April

Courtesy Script Family by Sudtipos30% off until 20 April

Sofia Soft by Mostardesign Studio = 75% off until 23 of April

DIY Time by Latinotype = 75% off until 23 of April

Nitti Grotesk by Bold Monday30% off until 30 April

P22 Wedge by IHOF25% off until 30 April

Marianina FY by FONTYOU80% off until 4 May

Coco FY and Chelly FY by FONTYOU50% off until 4 May

Exquise FY, Kaili FY, Bruum FY by FONTYOU70% off until 4 May

All Laski Slab in Web and OT by ReType30% off until 7 May

Business Penmanship by Sudtipos30% off until 22 May


Want detailed showing of new fonts straight to your inbox? Make sure you’re receiving them in your inbox. They maybe getting lost in the promotions section. If you use Gmail then you can drag and drop the FontShop Newsletter from your Promotions Tab to your Primary Tab.

Buyer’s Guide: Top Five Help Topics

Here are the top five help topics that may help you when you are looking to license a font on FontShop.

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What do all these abbreviations mean?
An in-depth article on all the abbreviations that you my encounter on FontShop.

I can’t find the font in Microsoft Word on Mac OS X
Experiencing frustation over not finding your licensed font in MS Office on your Mac, well you are not alone. This guide is a solution to a common problem.

Can I install EOT or WOFF on my computer?
You cannot install EOT or WOFF and use it on desktop programs.

When and how will I get my fonts after I buy them?
A quick explanation on the download process.

FontFont OpenType Formats Explained
If you need help choosing the format for FF DIN, or other FontFonts, then this article is for you.

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

FontShop Friday Five: TYPO SF and More!

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We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

TYPO Live Streaming

Day one of TYPO San Francisco was a blast and now we are on day two for more fun and inspiration! If you aren’t able to join us in person, live streaming is available. You can catch these speakers today:
Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.: Lisa Congdon, Embrace the Abyss & Other Lessons
Friday, April 11, 1 p.m.: Elliott Earls, Money, Sex, and Power – The Mechanics of a Hybrid Practice
Friday, April 11, 6 p.m.: Aaron James Draplin, “Tall Tales from a Large Man” with Aaron Draplin of the Draplin Design, Co.

Buyer’s Guide: TYPO SF Anagram Scavenger Hunt

Don’t forget, we’re having our scavenger hunt and everyone who participates wins a prize! Clues will be given via Twitter and Instagram to find the FontShopper with the missing character.

New Fonts

A ton of new fonts have been added to FontShop this week! Great designs from foundries like Fontpartners, Typonine, OurType and new foundry Brownfox!

Next FontShop

We’ve been receiving some great feedback on the new site. Keep them coming! But, if you haven’t noticed, we recently released our beta version of the next FontShop! It’s raw and unfinished, but we launched it anyway and want to know what you think! Check out the new site here.

Pinterest

In dire need of some inspiration? Check out the plethora of boards on our Pinterest page!

 

Friday Five Fonts: FF Karbid and FF Karbid Slab by FontFont

Six TYPO San Francisco Talks to be Live Streamed

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Ready for two days of design inspiration from around the globe? TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, takes over the YBCA Theater and Screening Room at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) tomorrow and Friday. Can’t make it to SF? We’ve got you covered with a small taste of the magic that will happen over the next two days.

New York-based curator of the popular Brainpickings site, Maria Popova, will deliver the keynote at 10 a.m. PDT on Thursday. Her talk “The Science of Productivity and the Art of Presence” will be available via live streaming at typosf.com.

Also live streaming throughout the two-day conference will be:

Thursday, April 10, 1 p.m.: Gemma O’Brien, Crafting Authenticity
Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m.: Norman Hathaway interviews Victor Moscoso, Poster Legend
Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.: Lisa Congdon, Embrace the Abyss & Other Lessons
Friday, April 11, 1 p.m.: Elliott Earls, Money, Sex, and Power – The Mechanics of a Hybrid Practice
Friday, April 11, 6 p.m.: Aaron James Draplin, “Tall Tales from a Large Man” with Aaron Draplin of the Draplin Design, Co.

Of course the best way to experience TYPO is to be there in person. But hurry! Only a limited amount of tickets are left before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

New Fonts This Week

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Institut by Brownfox

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Formular by Brownfox

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Geometria by Brownfox

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Brutal Type by Brownfox

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New Fonts
Filmotype York by Filmotype

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Filmotype Homer by Filmotype

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Laski Slab by Retype

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Rumpus Room by Sideshow

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Karol Sans by Type-Ø-Tones

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Mislab by Typofonderie

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Parisine Gris by Typofonderie

New Fonts 2014 Week 14 _2014 Week 14 - Parisine

FP Dancer Tango by Fontpartners

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Fakt Slab Stencil by OurType

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Nocturno by Typonine

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Typonine Sans by Typonine

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Continuing Promotions

Anglecia Complete Pro, Anglecia Display Pro, Anglecia Title Pro, Anglecia Text Pro by Mint Type80% off until 15 April

Courtesy Script Family by Sudtipos30% off until 20 April

Sofia Soft by Mostardesign Studio = 75% off until 23 of April

DIY Time by Latinotype = 75% off until 23 of April

Nitti Grotesk by Bold Monday30% off until 30 April

P22 Wedge by IHOF25% off until 30 April

Marianina FY by FONTYOU80% off until 4 May

Coco FY and LolaLola FY by FONTYOU50% off until 4 May

Exquise FY, Kaili FY, Bruum FY by FONTYOU70% off until 4 May

All Laski Slab in Web and OT by ReType30% off until 7 May

Business Penmanship by Sudtipos30% off until 22 May


Want detailed showing of new fonts straight to your inbox? Make sure you’re receiving them in your inbox. They maybe getting lost in the promotions section. If you use Gmail then you can drag and drop the FontShop Newsletter from your Promotions Tab to your Primary Tab.

Buyer’s Guide: Find FontShop at TYPO San Francisco

Join the FontShop team at TYPO San Francisco this week, April 10-11, and take part in the Anagram Scavenger Hunt. Clues will be given via Twitter and Instagram to find the FontShopper with the missing character. Everyone participating in the game gets a prize! First person to find the missing character gets something extra, and we’ll share the glyph with all the attendees via Social Media.

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Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Attendees will get a postcard in their goodie bag, with additional clues. Once you solve the anagram, you can use it to take 30% off your next FontShop purchase the following week.

If you still haven’t bought a ticket for TYPO San Francisco, you still have time. There are only a few seats left. Buy a ticket now!

FontShop Friday Five: Next FontShop and Madness!

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We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

 

Mo’ Beta
If you haven’t noticed, we recently released our beta version of the next FontShop! It’s raw and unfinished, but we launched it anyway and want to know what you think! Check out the new site here.

“New Features”: #hash and Giftype
April Fools! We got a little sneaky with our April 1st newsletter this month with new features that would change the face of type. Did you fall for it?

New Fonts
Lots of new fonts this week. Check out all that is new from Comicraft, Latinotype, FONTYOU, TypeTogether, Mostardesign Studio and a bunch of continuing promotions.

March Madness
We got a winner! Congratulations to the top typeface Nitti Grotesk who is the champ of March Madness 2014! It was a tough fight, but Nitti Grotesk fought it’s way to the top!

Buyer’s Guide
This week, Theresa covers DynaComware in the weekly installment of Buyer’s Guide.

 

Friday Five Fonts: Fiance by Sudtipos and Rukou by DizajnDesign

Nitti Grotesk Sweeps March Madness, Wins the 2014 Title

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47 Elena

Pieter van Rosmalen’s Nitti Grotesk handily won over our previous year’s champion, Nicole Dotin’s Elena, last night in the season’s final face off. Nitti Grotesk is the fresh, proportionally-spaced sibling to Nitti, a monospaced typeface. (Usually family extensions happen the other way around.) We send our congratulations. Thanks everyone for taking part.

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Thanks also goes to Mark van Bronkhorst’s MVB Solano Gothic for refereeing the proceedings, and to Matthew Carter’s Miller and Jim Parkinson’s Sutro Deluxe for setting the season’s game titles.

Championship Round! Nitti Grotesk vs. Elena

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This is it, folks. This is what you’ve been waiting for. It now all comes down to Nitti Grotesk and Elena. It’s anyone’s game. Vote for your favorite. Polls close tonight at midnight Pacific.

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Nitti Grotesk vs. Elena

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Next FontShop: A Bold Undertaking

Check it out. The next FontShop website is in beta. It’s raw. It’s unfinished. It’s in flux. But we’re launching it anyway.

Why? Because we love the new design, and we want YOU to help us shape its development. Seriously. The site at next.fontshop.com is an open invitation for you to explore, have fun and test out the simplified, playful new design.

And then we want you to let loose: tell us what you love about it, what you hate about it, and above all, tell us what you want us to add to it. As you submit ideas and requests, we’ll continue to build on the initial foundation-stone, regularly publishing new features and modules based on your feedback over the coming months.

It’s all part of an experiment in collaborative agile design, jointly conceived and fostered by FontShop and the creative minds at Edenspiekermann. Its purpose is to get you, the public, to participate in the design process, and help create the perfect place to find fonts.

In the true spirit of the project, we’re not even going to bother extolling the beauty and the simplicity of the design here. Instead, we say only: go see it for yourself. Form your own opinion. Then tell us what you think.

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