Don’t believe the type

It is the eve before three day conference Typo London starts and with typography front of mind, we cast an eye over new book Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook. 

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As both a manual of reference and a piece of print design, this is likely to strike a chord with those that buy, commission, or make type. 

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Font purchasing and licensing are explained clearly after a slightly waffley isn’t-type-wonderful-introduction, before a Types of Type Foundries section does a great job of setting out how the foundry has developed.

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At the top end, type foundries are gatekeepers, and one company in particular, Monotype – appropriately named it would seem – owns most known fonts.

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This book then, concentrates on the work of  the independents, often graphics studios which have developed typefaces as part of a commercial design project  but then ended up selling them.

A trove of examples unfolds across the book,  organised alphabetically , including the likes of A2-Type from London, Andre Baldinger from Paris and Optimo from Geneva.

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There are plenty of visuals for inspiration and in the back an index of global foundries. 

If you give the CD a spin there’s a free digital collection of typefaces to use – choice fonts picked out by the book’s editor Jan Middendorp.

specimen posters for Nori by Neil Summerour and for Silas Dilworths Heroic Condensed
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  • Jan Middendorp November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Many thanks for the excellent write-up. One little correction, though: my co-editors TwoPoints.Net and I did not actually hand-pick the free fonts. We invited all participating foundries to contribute any fonts they felt could be offered for free (which isn’t as obvious a thing to do as many people would like) and the foundries, generously, picked the fonts. — Jan

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