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Designing For the Aging Eye

December 11th, 2014

As we age, our eyes and vision change, making it more difficult to read – and for some, to perceive color and contrast. If your audience includes seniors, there are some important recommendations to take into consideration in order to […]


Open Source Fonts

November 26th, 2014

Open source fonts are more than just free fonts – they are part of a movement, or a philosophy if you will, that strives towards making quality fonts freely available for both personal and professional use. Some are totally freeware, […]


Free Fonts: Are They Worth It or Not?

November 13th, 2014

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by students and designers alike is, is it worth it to buy fonts when there are so many free fonts available? Having worked with dozens of typeface designers during my years as […]

Category: Fonts, Type education

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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 […]


’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, […]

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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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The Story Behind Zapf Chancery

April 21st, 2011

The ITC Zapf Chancery® typeface has been seen by just about everyone who uses a personal computer. In particular, one member of the family – Medium Italic – has been selected (or not) by millions of designers and non-designers alike. […]

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Which Flavor of OpenType Is Best?

April 20th, 2011

Lot’s of lively comments on this one… Q. What’s the difference between the TTF and CFF OpenType formats? A. OpenType fonts come in two flavors with two different extensions: CFF, which usually has the extension .otf (often referred to as […]

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Missing Font Mysteries – Solved At Last!

March 9th, 2011

Have you ever experienced the frustration of opening an existing document and being confronted with a prompt for a “missing font” that you have not used in the document? Or, have you on occasion found unused fonts listed in the […]

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