Some notes about books

Typography for Lawyers: Why Google Web Fonts aren’t really open source →

“All of the fonts are Open Source.” Really? The omis­sion sug­gests that Google might have doubts whether these fonts qual­ify as open source.

I’m con­vinced that they don’t. To make the case, I’ll step through my seven essen­tial qual­i­ties of open source […]. I’ll explain how Google Web Fonts falls short, and what Google could do to improve the pro­gram.

Essential quality #1
Dilution: Open source arises from a spirit of free­dom and coop­er­a­tion.
Reality: Open source arises from a spirit of cap­i­tal­ist com­pe­ti­tion.

Essential quality #2
Dilution: Open-source devel­op­ers work for free.
Reality: Open-source devel­op­ers are paid.

Essential quality #3
Dilution: Open source makes things free.
Reality: Open source rede­fines what is valu­able.

Essential quality #4
Dilution: Open source has no bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion.
Reality: Open source relies on mer­i­toc­ra­cies.

Essential quality #5
Dilution: Open source is demo­c­ra­tic.
Reality: Open source relies on benev­o­lent dic­ta­tors.

Essential quality #6
Dilution: An open-source project can have one devel­oper.
Reality: An open-source project requires mul­ti­ple devel­op­ers.

Essential quality #7
Dilution: A soft­ware project can be open-sourced at any time.
Reality: Open source is part of the project’s DNA or it’s not.

Sorkin Type Co →

Sorkin Type was incorporated in 2011. Since then, we have made 60 open source fonts for Google Fonts.In late 2013, commercial versions of the most popular fonts will be available. The fonts will be expanded to include design refinements, more styles and OpenType features. Eben Sorkin is pround to serve on its board of ATypI.

Sorkin Type has been proud to work as a tester of a new Autohinter called True Type Autohint or TTFA. We believe this tool will become invaluable for type foundries both large and small.

Cardon Webb's Portolio →

Gray 318 | Jon Gray →

jason booher designs book covers as well as other things →

Peter Mendelsund's portfolio →

TestMe. Opensource typeface by Luciano Perondi

TestMe. Opensource typeface by Luciano Perondi

TestMe a work-in-progress libre font inspired by the principles of design for all →

Studying the relationship between fonts and reading performance, including the case of Learning Disabilities, we have identified the need for a font that would allow to check some of the typographical features relevant to the reading process.

Luciano Perondi therefore has reworked Titilium, and released a font with Open Font license. We called the result TestMe.

Lisa Bu: Passionate reader
How books can open your mind

Isotype Revisited →

Isotype revisited’ has been a three-and-a-half year research project (1 October 2007 to 31 March 2011) based in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. The project was funded by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and drew on the Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection housed in the Department.

The Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection is the most comprehensive archive of Isotype materials. It documents methods of designing and disseminating data that have played a major role in twentieth-century graphic design thinking. Given to the University of Reading by Marie Neurath in 1971, the collection includes documents, correspondence, published works, and artefacts relating to the history, principles, working methods, and products of Isotype, from its beginnings in 1920s Vienna through to its later incarnations in The Hague, Oxford, and London.

Holdings of particular interest include correspondence and business papers of the Isotype Institute covering the period 1941-67; an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and pamphlets containing Isotype work published in Austria, Britain, the Netherlands, the Soviet Union, the United States, and West Africa; collections of writings and bibliographies of Otto and Marie Neurath, and other commentators on Isotype; original large-format exhibition charts from the 1930s; copies of the Isotype’s most important publication Gesellschaft und Wirtshaft (1930); several versions of the Isotype ‘Picture dictionary’; extensive photographic records of early charts, beginning in the 1920s; Isotype films and filmstrips; working materials including sketches, printing blocks, proofs, and types; children’s books produced by Marie Neurath for the publisher Max Parrish; a collection of early maps, plans, prints, books, and other graphic matter that served as source material for Isotype work; and prints by contemporary modernist artists including Gerd Arntz, Frans Masereel, and Georg Grosz.

The Isotype Collection offers excellent opportunities for scholars interested in European social history between the World Wars, inter-War modernism, the history of information design, and campaigns and initiatives that address social and economic planning, public health, housing, and other dimensions of life. The collection will be equally valuable to anyone involved in the graphic design of data, museum design, or the communication of complex issues to children, particularly in history, and in the natural and physical sciences.

While the funded phase of the project has now ended, work will continue on associated publications and initiatives. This website will also remain on-line, and will be updated periodically.