The Anatomy of a Character

August 25th, 2014

Knowing the terminology for the anatomy of a character might seem like a painful exercise in memorization, but it’s actually useful knowledge for any design professional. Not only does it make it easier to communicate about typefaces and their characteristics, […]

Typographic Checklist

March 26th, 2013

I always recommend that designers and students make a typographic checklist to help avoid committing type crimes, as well as to aid in finessing their typography. At long last, I finally created a checklist that covers issues I’m most frequently […]

ALL CAPS: To set or not to set?

March 23rd, 2013

One of the most common detriments to typographic readability is the overuse of ALL CAPS. Setting text in all caps (especially lengthy blocks) decreases the ease, speed, and appeal of reading, and can cause a reader to quickly lose interest, […]

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’Tis the season to be … apostrophic

March 17th, 2013

Last month, in “How to avoid a quotastrophe,” I wrote about the use of smart, typographically correct quotation marks as opposed to dumb quotes. So what the heck does the apostrophe have to do with quotation marks? Quite a lot, […]

Category: Type education


The Story Behind Comic Sans

February 28th, 2013

OK, I admit it, I’ve added to the glut of articles on Comic Sans. But if you know me, you know I am not into font bashing — I’m kinda like the “Switzerland” of type. So check out this interview […]

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James Montalbano’s Insouciant: Further Investigations

January 23rd, 2013

Insouciant, the latest typographic offering from the talented James Montalbano of Terminal Design, is a legible, practical, yet classy upright script available in a whopping 10 weights — quite unusual for a script. I sat down with James and asked […]

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These type-loving art directors are on fire!

April 4th, 2012

Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss are the dynamic duo behind the New York City based, concept-driven design firm, 9Threads. Their work represents some of the most exciting, innovative and unique art direction and typography being done today. Much of their work […]

Drawn, quartered and executed: Custom letterforms

March 8th, 2012

We just finished Gerard Huerta‘s amazing webinar. We had a great turnout and Gerard gave an awe-inspiring, drool-worthy presentation. Here are some of the questions (and Gerard’s replies) that were not answered in the webinar: Q. Was inking done on tissues […]

Category: Lettering


Web Fonts Explained – FOLLOWUP

February 27th, 2012

Thanks to all who attended last week’s live Web Fonts Explained webinar. We had some notable and very knowledgeable people in attendance, and they contributed a lot to the Q&A. As promised, here is a list of the Web font […]

Category: Type on the Web


Web Fonts Explained

February 23rd, 2012

Later this afternoon I will be giving a live TypeCast webinar on Web Fonts Explained. I’m especially excited about this one, as it will serve to dispel the idea that there is no such thing as “type on the Web” […]

Category: Type on the Web