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Watching this guy recreate famous logos by hand is utterly relaxing

When I see British designer and calligraphist Seb Lester work I picture myself sitting quietly next to him just watching him do his job. I'm sure calligraphy is a very relaxing thing to do, this video—where he skillfully recreates famous logos by hand—proves that it's also a mesmerizing thing to watch. » 4/01/15 12:49am 4/01/15 12:49am

These Two Guys Want to Turn The Entire Planet Into a Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in LA (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: How do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the… » 10/14/14 3:17pm 10/14/14 3:17pm

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

These Typefaces Are Tiny Math Puzzles Made by MIT Scientists

When quickly sending an email, creating a company logo, or writing a post about mathematical typefaces, hundreds of thousands of fonts exist to help express a specific mood or feeling though we rarely escape the realm of a well-known few. Although it's well-documented that creating fonts can be an art, two… » 8/14/14 3:43pm 8/14/14 3:43pm

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… » 6/24/14 7:00am 6/24/14 7:00am

9 Crazy 3D Typefaces Made From Everyday Objects

Whether we realize it or not, the fonts we interact with on a daily basis can be wildly impactful in some pretty surprising ways. These everyday fonts blend in so seamlessly with the world around us, though, that we hardly even notice them. So instead, what would happen if we tried blending our world into the fonts… » 6/13/14 9:20am 6/13/14 9:20am

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… » 6/12/14 4:20pm 6/12/14 4:20pm

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

Switching Fonts May Not Save the Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's research project that suggested the government would save $400 million by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it's a little more complicated… » 3/31/14 1:50pm 3/31/14 1:50pm