Joshua Darden

Indices : Designers : Joshua Darden

Chief designer of Darden Studio, based in Brooklyn, NY. Previously worked with Jonathan Hoefler at Hoefler & Frere-Jones and started his own foundry in 2004.

Freight Big
Freight Display
Freight Text
Freight Micro
Freight Sans
Omnes Pro
Corundum Text


Franko Luin

Indices : Designers : Franko Luin

Born to Slovenian parents in Trieste, Italy, in 1941, Frank Luin immigrated to Sweden in 1961. He died in Tyresö on September 15, 2005, at the age of 64.

After studying at the Grafiska Institutet during the 1960s, Franko Luin spent two decades honing his skills as a print designer for Ericsson before branching out on his own. He spent much of the 1990s perusing two passions: multimedia and typeface design. In 1996, he founded his own typographic studio, Omnibus Typografi. That same year, Linotype began distributing his fonts, which rank among the 20th Century’s most remarkable digital revivals of classic typefaces like Caslon, Baskerville, and Bodoni. Although he played a withdrawn role in the international community of type designers, his work is sure to remain an inspiration for decades. In addition to this visual legacy, Franko Luin was proactive as an influence on future generations of designers, for instance he engagingly led a course in Web Typography at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm.


Indices : Terminology : Guilloche

Engraved Patterns

Additional Articles:
Wikipedia Article: Guilloché

David Thometz

Indices : Designers : David Thometz

David Thometz was born in Everett, Washington, USA, in 1966.

He moved to South Jordan, Utah, USA, in 1979, and studied Graphic Design and Illustration in the late 1980s and early 1990s at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He served as the Communication Specialist in Graphic Design at the Westminster College Communication Office in Salt Lake City from 1996–1998, and has run his own graphic design studio, David Thometz Design, since 1996.

In April of 2004, he moved his office to Hampton, Tennessee, USA, in the Tri-Cities area of the Northeastern Tennessee Appalachian Mountains, where he now lives with his partner, Bryan, their three cats, three dogs and hundreds of wild birds which visit their feeders regularly.

Brigitte Foissac

Indices : Designers : Brigitte Foissac

Belgian font designer who released the calligraphic font face Mockingbird in 2000.



Indices : History : Illumination

Illumination is the art of decorating a manuscript with line drawings, colour and gilding. The art of illumination was revived in Victorian times through the encouragement of people such as Henry Shaw, who copied manuscripts held in the British Museum with the cooperation and support of Sir Frederic Madden, the Museum's Keeper of Manuscripts; William Morris and Edward Johnston.

Illuminated manuscripts of medieval times were almost always religious books. The texts were written in Uncial, Carolingian Minuscule and Humanistic scripts. The pages were vellum (finely scraped and stretched calf- or goatskin) and often beautifully bound with gold and gems set into the covers. The decorations helped the users of the books navigate through the pages in the absence of page numbers or running titles. Large illustrations (such as the Gospel pages in Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels) could be held up to show to an illiterate audience. Illumination also served glorify the word of God; possibly illumination may have "protected" the books from evil, with crosses and symbols serving as talismans.

Paul Ducco

Indices : Designers : Paul Ducco

Paul Ducco is a multidisciplinary visual designer and typographyer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Paul can be contacted for creative projects through his Melbourne based All Things Considered.

Michael Browers

Indices : Designers : Michael Browers

Based in Duluth, Minnesota, Michael Browers specializes in dingbat and display typefaces that are sold worldwide to countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Additionally, Michael offers print, web, and logo design.



kinetic type

Indices : Kinetic Type

Animated and interactive type sites:

Super fun tool to create art with type:

Drawing with type - I love this site!

Playing with type - exploring type:

Expressive/interactive type:

Fun site:

Text Worm:

For all seasons - amazing type:

Music and animated type combine to make typefaces/imagery

Kinetic Typography coupled with sound (Fight Club and Sky, etc.) at:

Indices : Terminology : Fist

A pointing hand dingbat, also referred to as an "index" or "manicule".

Pointing Hand Icon?
Vintage Pointing Finger Dingbat

Additional Articles:
Toward a History of the Manicule


Indices : Blogs : Letritas

Letritas es un blog distinto, donde se pretende discutir temas de valor, tanto para el diseño tipográfico como para que el diseñador gráfico le pierda el miedo a meterse a jugarcon las letras.
Es un blog que trata con ejemplos muy didácticos temas que no suelen salir en los libros. Todo el conocimiento está muy digerido y resumido, y cada uno de los puntos que se tocan, dan para hacer una charla en alguna universidad.
La cantidad de ejemplos claros y personalizados (diseñados para la ocasión) que aparecen en "letritas" hacen que el contenido, que muchas veces es explicado muy complejamente por algunos académicos, aparezca de la manera más simple.


The crossbar is a horizontal stroke which connects the two sides of a letterform as seen in the majuscule "A", "H", and the miniscule "e", or a bisecting stroke as seen in the "F" and "t".

Cap Height

Indices : Terminology : Cap Height

The height of capital letters, as measured from the baseline to the top of a majuscule character.


Indices : Terminology : Pica

A unit of measurement commonly associated with line lengths and column widths. 1 pica is equal to:

12 points
16 pixels
0.9347 ciceros
4.217 millimeters
0.166 inches


Specifically, a logotype is defined as only the typographical portion of any unique or logo, although confusion amongst the definition of this term is rather prominent today. The logotype can be presented as a separate entity from its accompanying mark, and may function independently from a graphic or pictogram. A prominent example of this term would be that of the FedEx logotype, which serves as the main vehicle for branding and advertising for FedEx.


Indices : Terminology : Hairline

The hairline stroke usually refers to any portion of a letter or other element that measures less than 1/2 (.5) points in width.


Indices : Terminology : Cicero

Originally devised by François Ambroise Didot, the cicero is a linear unit of measurement that is approximately equal to 12 points or:

4.512 millimeters
0.1776 inches
1.07 picas
1.066 picas (PostScript)
17.12 pixels


The gutter is an interval spacing that resides between two facing pages in a layout spread. This measure is usually twice the size of the outside margin. Additionally, the term gutter may be used to define any interval space that serves as a buffer or separating unit for blocks of type, photography, and other artwork in a page layout.


Indices : Terminology : Agate

The agate is a unit of measurement that has been traditionally used to measure the vertical space (gutter) between columns in a newspaper. Fourteen agates is approximately the equivalent of one inch.


Indices : Typefaces : ABC-Schrift

Swiss type designer Hans Eduard Meier created a typeface for the use in primary schools called ABC-Schrift. It is a “continental” typeface which is closer to printing typefaces than the former typeface after which Swiss pupils had to learn to write.

The typeface and instructions to it can be seen at Scriben lernen (German) and is available from Elsner+Flake.

The new primary school typeface is successfully in use in several cantons of Switzerland. Its informal approach provides that pupils achieve a more individual handwriting. Furthermore it is much more modern than the former so called “Schnürlischrift” which is still in use in some Swiss cantons. It makes it easier to learn to read and write because it is closer to printing typefaces pupils are confronted with in day-to-day life.

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