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FontShop Swears In David Sudweeks, Type Expert

FontShop welcomes David Sudweeks to the San Francisco office. By way of introduction, he answers here a few questions selected by the staff.

How did you land upon being a “font expert”?

Most type people can trace their love for fonts back to their early years and in this respect I’m no different. I always enjoyed the perusal of alphabets available as iron-on letters, chenille patches, stencils, in embossed tape labelers and calligraphic style manuals, etc.. Picking up webpage design as a hobby during the internet’s first coming of age, and my own, led me into the design profession. Working different jobs in print design expanded my ability to identify faces and spec their appropriate use. Around the same time I began pursuing lettering and type design on my own, and this out of necessity got me involved with the Typophile community. Learning to write convincingly about the formal qualities of words & letters, and experiencing the warmth of the type world at events like TypeCon were the final reassurances I needed to know that I could make it in type.

Still, type expert? I guess so; though my first week here reminds me I’ve yet got plenty to learn.

What are you most looking forward to working at FontShop?

I’m here to do good writing and make good art. Anything else, like discovering with the rest of us what a Twenty-first Century type retail service shop looks like, will be icing on the cake.

What are your top three typefaces at the moment?

Williams Caslon from Font Bureau, rather than purporting to be another authentic revival type, is a beautiful portrayal of an idea called Caslon.

Next, Compendium from Sudtipos. It’s so much fun to use! The pains taken to establish a sophisticated fit and care put into character design guarantees this face never to fall flat.

Last, Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch. Folks who know me know that I like a good, deliberate blackletter when occasion calls for it. Rudolf Koch, Europe’s foremost type designer in his day, drew this one—maybe just for me.

And extra last, entry 4 of 3, I couldn’t pass up the chance to mention Marina Chaccur’s recent work out of the Type]Media program. (Permission to mention this just came in.) The Chic collection, comprised of a confident grotesque, a bold romantic display, and some fine lace, is designed to work together like the essential pieces of a well-dressed woman’s wardrobe. Before banging down Marina’s door please note that the collection is presently unreleased. Now bang down Marina’s door.

FontShop Friday Five: Welcome to August

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.

August is Here with a New Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Read it here. Then check out the great new selections from TypeTrust, Red Rooster, Alias, Emigre and Dalton Maag. You can subscribe to newsletters on this page to get this font deliciousness in your inbox twice a month.

Join the FontShop Team

We’re hiring in San Francisco! Join us as a Systems Admin & Architect or Entry-level Sales/Support Representative. Learn a little more about our customer support team here.

Let Us Be Your Resource

Did you know about our Education section or student discount? Learn about our resources here. FontBook can also be a great resource for those learning about type. Check out an interactive way to learn about classes and subclasses for each typeface.

On the FontFeed

Yves Peters highlights a new mini-documentary on type and the 2012 Typodarium. And don’t forget, you can win tickets to TYPO London!

Visual, Meet Virtual

On August 24, FontShop San Francisco is hosting a designer meetup with a twist. We’ve partnered with the Storek Building to create Visual Meets Virtual, an opportunity for designers and developers to connect on projects. There will also be pizza, beer and fun.

Friday Five Fonts:  Packard New Style by Red Rooster and Rhythm by TypeTrust

Meet the FontShopper: Behind the Customer Support Desk

Ever have a time when you were overwhelmed with the selection on FontShop and required some personal assistance? Needed help with your files? Or just had a question you wanted answered by a human being? Then you may have interacted with Theresa, a member of our Sales & Support team. Theresa has been with us for “Four Fontastic Years!” and shares a little bit of her experience below:

What are the top three questions you get from customers?

  1. What is the difference between OpenType and Pro fonts?
  2. Will OpenType work for both Mac and PC?
  3. How do I install the font?

We actually have a section in our help area that should help people understand about OpenType. As for installation questions, We have some great tutorials that I can help take people through.

What is a memorable time when you’ve really helped a customer?

I receive a phone called once a year from a customer who wants to buy a typeface for his PC with his refund from the IRS. He’s about 70 years old, retired, doesn’t have internet connection, but he used to own a print shop, and wants to make his grandchildren’s wedding invitations. I send him printed customized samples when he needs to see what a font looks like and once he decides on the typeface he’ll give me a call and I’ll place it on a disk to mail out to him.

What are some funny requests that you’ve gotten?

  • Do you have a typeface that looks like its on FIRE? We actually carry styles both on fire and then burnt out after!
  • Do you have a font that will let me type in different colors, like a rainbow? I had to explain to the customer that fonts are vector graphics and do not come in color.
  • I’m looking for a typeface, but I don’t have an image, can I describe it to you and can you tell me what it is? This is sort of like asking like “What’s that movie with that guy?” Unfortunately I’m unable to help these people, but I can try and give them some suggestions based on their project.

What is your current favorite font?

FF More is a new serif family that gives a designer many options because it is so massive – 30 styles! It also works well with FF Good. Both are by  Łukasz Dziedzic who also made FF Clan and FF Pitu. Great work all around.

Want to help customers with their typographical needs? We’re hiring an Entry-level Sales/Support Representative at our office in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.

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