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Bike Type

David’s Type Trends series has many of us (even those from a non-typographic background) in the San Francisco office of FontShop looking at type’s influence in our everyday lives and interest areas a little more acutely than usual. As a lover of bicycling, I geeked out at the recent addition of Latinotype‘s Ride My Bike to our catalog. So when I saw that PUBLIC Bikes had commissioned a bevy of international designers to interpret “public” for an exhibition at the nearby California College of the Arts, I hopped on my bike and headed over last night for the opening reception.

Above (L-R): PUBLIC Works Posters by Jason Munn, Paula Scher, and Sagmeister and Walsh

Cyclists, artists and design fans from around the Bay Area packed into the small gallery enjoying the range of posters varying from pure illustration to typographic treatment. The exhibition included a few type designers Erik Spiekermann, Milton Glaser, Henning Wagenbreth, amongst others, but the majority of the posters featured some element of lettering or type. It was also exciting to see the work of 2012 TYPO speakers, including Jason Munn (TYPO San Francisco) and Paula Scher (the upcoming TYPO London). 

I’m always passing interesting design and typography while riding my bike, but after visiting this exhibition, it’s fun to ponder how artists are interpreting the very phenomenon of cycling itself.

Above: Erik Spiekermann’s interpretation of “public.”


How does typography overlap with one of your other interests? Tell us below!

Webfont Wednesday: Designers and Bau

In our last installment of Webfont Wednesday we looked at the supporting website for one book. In case that got you thinking about expanding your reading list, this week we’d like to direct you to Designers & Books.

Not only does the site recommend almost 1,000 books, from dozens of respected designers, but the headings and subheadings on the site are simply and beautifully set in FF Bau Web. Enjoy building your reading list!

Our “Type” of Party!

Last night we at FontShop’s San Francisco office were thrilled to host a book launch party for Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting by Carolina de Bartolo and Erik Spiekermann. Carolina was in attendance to sign copies hot of the press and brought Erik along…sort of.

The party was held as part of AIGA Design Week in San Francisco and drew a great crowd of designers and type aficionados. We were excited to host the first event held in the newly renovated space at the historic Storek Building, a technology arts building in the heart of SoMa.

In introducing the book, Carolina had these words of advice for the crowd: “A wise person once told me: ‘Trying to save the world only creates hopelessness’….so, kern your type! Do what you can control, fix your rags. Good typography is a service to people and it makes a difference.”

And what’s a party without cake? Not to make  you jealous, but ours was delicious! And Oakland Bakes did a fantastic job making it look EXACTLY like the book.

Relive the party on our Facebook page. If you couldn’t make it, you can order Carolina’s book via her website. (Warning: actual book not edible)

FontShop SF Hosts “Explorations in Typography” Book Signing on June 15

Explorations in Typography book launch party on June 15, 2011

AIGA Design Week in San Francisco is coming soon and on Wednesday, June 15 a lively crowd of typophiles will be mixing and mingling at an at-capacity event at the FontShop SF headquarters in the historic Storek Building, a technology arts building in the heart of SoMa.  They’ll be celebrating the role of typography in design and the launch of the new book Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting by Carolina de Bartolo and Erik Spiekermann.

Carolina will be signing books and offering up a beautiful new letterpressed poster of all the typeface combinations from her book. Of course, there will be lots of copies of Explorations in Typography on hand for purchase. Additionally, there will be plenty of refreshments and libations for your enjoyment — even a special typographic cake draped in font-dant!

So how can you get in on the fun? Well, all California customers who purchase fonts featured in Explorations in Typography by Friday, June 10 will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to the event!

Don’t live in California, but think you can make it? Email contest@fontshop.com and we’ll make sure you’re in the drawing if you’re otherwise eligible.

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