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FontShop SF Hits Up Pixels of Fury

Our San Francisco office has been having a blast popping into the various events this week for AIGA’s San Francisco Design Week, but as Typography Sponsor, last night was the one we were most excited about.

Shutterstock’s Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament pitted eight designers against each other in speed rounds of 20 minutes. They were provided Adobe CS6, stock images from Shutterstock, and we threw in the FontFont Advertising & Packaging Skill Set to spice up their font palette. The designers were charged with making a poster to inspire others to learn a randomly assigned topic (i.e. “learn to speak Spanish,” “learn to code.”) As the audience cheered and jeered, judges Max Spector and Eric Heiman took note and provided commentary at the end of each round. Each judge had a vote and the attendees picked their favorite by chiming in via SMS.

Of course there was lots of time to mix and mingle as well. Thank you to everyone who stopped over to say “hi” at the FontShop table. It was lovely to meet you all! In case you missed us, make sure to take a look at our Design Assistant position just listed this week.

A big congrats to winning competitor Grayson Stebbins. Kudos to all the designers that participated: Anthony Bunyan, Andrew Le, Josh Long, Max Batt, Marc Zuazua, Michael Sun and Kristen Youngman. It definitely takes guts to be on stage and on the spot!

Look for FontShop at SF Design Week

FontShop is thrilled to be the  Typography Sponsor for San Francisco Design Week, which kicks off Monday and runs through June 17.

We’re especially pleased to support Shutterstock’s Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament event at Adobe next Thursday. Designers will go head to head using stock images and selections from FontShop (we don’t want to give anything away yet, we’ll tell you which ones next week) to battle it out over three inspiring rounds.

Also look for our staff at the Opening and Closing parties and other events throughout the week. See you there?

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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