Category Archives: Type Portraits

New styles in the Nobel family: Nobel Condensed

Font Bureau’s Nobel family is now available in even more styles on Webtype. We added condensed widths and extra light weights for large headlines from elegant to punchy. Designed in 1993 by Tobias Frere-Jones, Nobel is based on Sjoerd Hendrik … Continue reading


New from Font Bureau: Apres

Apres is an extensive sans-serif series by David Berlow originally designed for the Palm Pre smart phone in 2009 (now HP WebOS) for use both on screen and in their printed material. Initially, Berlow developed a family of six fonts for … Continue reading


New from MVB Fonts: Mascot

Even if sports aren’t your thing, you might find script varsity lettering from years past to have a certain appeal, perhaps conjuring simpler times. Naive and uneven, jaunty and legible — such casual scripts, with their requisite underline swooshes, were … Continue reading


New from Ludwig Type: Riga and Riga Screen

Riga by Ludwig Übele is a space-saving humanist sans-serif series, designed to work particularly well onscreen. Its personality is clear and practical; small caps and true italics give it a warm, somewhat sophisticated touch. Economical proportions, large x-height and open … Continue reading


New from Font Bureau: Giza

Font Bureau’s Giza series brings back the colorful power and variety of the original Egyptian letterforms of the Victorian era. Designer David Berlow based the family on showings in Vincent Figgins’ specimen of 1845, the triumphant introduction of this thunderous … Continue reading


Tick and Tock from Font Bureau

Tick and Tock are two new stencil display faces by Cyrus Highsmith — individual but related. They play on a similar theme but with different details and in a different tone. Tick was born on a casually lettered book cover … Continue reading


Brando from Bold Monday

Brando by Mike Abbink is a new contemporary serif exploring the balance between mechanical and egyptian forms. It was originally inspired by a bank logotype proposal, then subsequently developed into the robust typeface it is today. The light styles of Brando assume the … Continue reading


Parkinson from Font Bureau

The Parkinson display family was designed in 1976 by Jim Parkinson for Rolling Stone magazine. Roger Black, back then its art director, was looking for an edgy, idiosyncratic style and found Parkinson to be the right lettering artist for this assignment … Continue reading


Custer RE from Font Bureau

  Custer RE is a new typeface by David Berlow in Font Bureau’s Reading Edge series of fonts especially designed for small sizes on screen. In 2009, an architecture book from 1897 in the library of the University of Wisconsin caught David … Continue reading


Big Moore from Font Bureau

Big Moore is the refined and well-balanced transitional display face by Matthew Carter that brings back the proportions true to Baskerville’s times. In 1766, Isaac Moore, manager of Joseph Fry’s type foundry in Bristol, England, issued a specimen under his … Continue reading


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