Tag Archives: David Berlow

Countdown: B

If my reading of the Mayan Calendar is correct, (I actually don’t read Mayan by the way) we’re quickly approaching a hard stop. How will you spend your remaining day(s)? Making the most of today is B, set in David Berlow’s Titling Gothic Skyline Black. Skylines are faces that are generally extra-extra-compressed, causing their general contour to match that of a city full of tall buildings. The name of this particular font perhaps makes more sense seeing it in context of the rest of the Titling Gothic Skyline range, which is only a small subset of the extensive Titling Gothic family.

B, set in Titling Gothic Skyline Black

Typographic Countdown — 7 Days ’til the New Year

Y this morning. The letter is a direct derivation of the Greek upsilon, which in turn comes from the Phoenician waw. As a side note, Y was seen by early English printers (presumably due to its similarity of form in blackletter script) as a suitable replacement sort for Thorn, Þ. This resulted in the ‘Ye Olde Ribbon Shoppe’ phenomenon, which has led some to believe that people actually talked like that. ‘Ye this; Ye that,’ They didn’t. They said ‘The’, same as us. Thorn was later thrown out of the English alphabet in preference of Th.

Bureau Grot by David Berlow can be credited as one of the first to bring back the now popular device characteristic in wood types of pushing past the curve extrema at the terminals. More recent examples include Parry Grotesque, Maple, and Supria Sans.

Typographic Countdown — 14 Days Left ’til 2012

R is for Roman. That’s who we can credit for giving us the R as we know it. Prior to the Etruscan civilization’s downfall, R looked much like P. The late Etruscans added a small mark descending below the bowl at the stem. To draw further distinction the Romans extended this tail to the baseline.

Rhode Black by David Berlow makes up for lack of space by slimming down interior strokes, like here in R.