Category Archives: Fonts

Typographic Designs for Penguin Classics

Check out the beautiful covers designs Penguin has created for eight literary classics: Turn of the Screw, Henry James The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy Dracula, Bram Stoker Thérèse Raquin, Émile Zola The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton Great Expectations, Charles Dickens Notes from the Underground, Dostoyevsky Penguin teamed up with AIDS

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What’s Your Type?

Take this fun test on Pentagram’s website at www.pentagram.com/what-type-are-you. Pentagram is a British design firm. Can’t say the test is accurate—first time I took it my answers linked me to Architype Van Doesburg. I think it’s awful. According to the site, this font expresses “strength of form and firmness of purpose.” It’s a “brutally fair”

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Helvetica: The Movie

Every few months the Brunerbiz team gets together for some professional development and socializing. For our last meeting, we screened Gary Hustwit’s 2007 documentary, Helvetica, which marked the typeface’s 50th birthday. This sounds nerdy, and it is, but I’d like to add that when this film was screened as part of 2007 Hot Docs festival

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Font Humour

If you like jokes about fonts—and who wouldn’t?—check out these two videos from College Humor. We learned about them from Stefan Budansew, a participant from an Elections Ontario course who shares our passion for language. Remember the site is for college students, so some of the previews you might see are, um, inappropriate. Unless you

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What's Wrong with Comic Sans?

Comic Sans is a type face you either love or hate. It was created in 1994 by Microsoft in-house font designer Vincent Connare, who was appalled to see Times New Roman being used in cartoon speech bubbles. Turning to comic books for inspiration, he created Comic Sans. Although it was specifically designed for instructional software

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