Apple Debuted a Brand-New Custom Typeface With Its Watch

Something I was watching closely as the Apple Watch was revealed today: Which typeface would grace this shiny, tiny new device? Well, it's not Helvetica, the troublesome font that Apple recently adopted for its iOS and OS applications. It's a brand-new typeface that was designed for excellent readability—by Apple. » 9/09/14 4:29pm 9/09/14 4:29pm

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans. However, it wasn't until the very early 1800s that it became popularized, around the same time as the first official U.S. dollars were being minted. Previous to this, the symbol had… » 6/24/14 7:00am 6/24/14 7:00am

Why the Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we're lost, hungry, and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how… » 6/12/14 4:20pm 6/12/14 4:20pm

An Intricate Typeface Made Out of History's Greatest Inventions

When she was a design student, Khyati Trehan embarked on an ambitious project to highlight history's 26 most influential inventors with a unique alphabet. Remarkably, each letter of the special typeface is drawn with a world-changing invention while also name-checking the inventor. The letter "E," for instance, is… » 5/12/14 3:25pm 5/12/14 3:25pm

Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Every few years, there are calls to retire the American penny (as cumbersome and too expensive to produce), and rebuttals to preserve it (for posterity and price stability). I don't know how or when this question will be answered. Personally, I would not miss the gobs of metal in my pockets, but I would miss the… » 4/23/14 1:20pm 4/23/14 1:20pm

The Man Who Designed Verdana and Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts

Read a magazine, book or website and you'll see the product of Matthew Carter's labors all over it—because he's the guy who designed hundreds of fonts, including Verdana and Georgia. In this video, he describes the interaction between technology and design in the creation of typefaces. » 4/21/14 6:00am 4/21/14 6:00am

My Type of Neighborhood: Mapping the Type Foundries of New York City

I love old type specimen books. Any foundry, any period, it doesn't matter. They will have me hypnotized. But I don't usually linger at the title pages. Who would, really? All the fun and exciting stuff comes after that: the impossibly small text faces, the spectacular display faces, all the sample uses variously… » 4/10/14 12:40pm 4/10/14 12:40pm

What Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Breakup Means for the Future of Type Design

Chances are you've looked at the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones at least one time today. The type designers are behind many of the world's most-loved fonts, like Gotham, made famous by Obama's 2008 campaign. But according to a nasty legal document making the rounds today, the duo has parted ways. » 1/17/14 4:15pm 1/17/14 4:15pm

Hitachi Prius One Type S: iMac Clone, Sorta

Hey, somebody tell Hitachi that the name Prius is already taken. Oh, this is different, the Hitachi Prius One Type S, which is Japan's all-in-one PC answer to the iMac. It's comparably equipped, too, with 512MB of RAM, a 1.83GHz Intel Celeron M 380 processor, and that built-in 17 inch LCD running at 1280x1024. But it… » 7/06/06 3:11pm 7/06/06 3:11pm