As a designer I’m nowadays more and more involved with inkjet technology, for short-run digital book and journal printing. Having fine-tuned my (typographic) design choices with trial and error, I want to hear what other professionals in the field are thinking about this. I inspected type quality in terms of color, outline and overall readability, and most typefaces used in classic offset print don’t give the same result in digital print.

Hello everyone.

I am a big font enthusiast. These days I am looking for a laptop. Since Retina MacBook Pro has very high pixel density (220/227 ppi) I went to the store to test it.

But to my surprise, the font looked somehow unnatural, strange, too sterile, maybe even too sharp and not so pleasant to read. Of course looking at the words and characters, the curves were perfectly displayed. Like on a paper. Hardly a pixel was found (unless looking very near display).
Then I started to search about that and found these thoughts:

"It needs organic noise, otherwise it all looks like dead plastic"

"Sharpness of type is being celebrated. But that’s not a quality in itself. Just looks cold. Type needs a certain amount of fuzziness. Warmth"

To introduce myself briefly, I am a 22 year old Masters of Computer Graphic Design candidate in Whanganui, New Zealand. I am looking to start bit of a dialogue here: digital publication compared to print publication, with respect to the retention, enjoyment and legibility of the information we publish. I have included some questions to begin the discussion below. I would greatly appreciate your participation in this discussion, and hopefully it is something that we can all grow and learn from.

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Here is the link with more information about it.

It's a way to protect your font from being stolen from you by "signing it".

It looks complicated.

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Digital to Metal type

I'll cut right to the chase: I'm to write an academic paper that covers any topic related to lead type in general. Since we're encouraged to research a topic that we know little to nothing about, I thought it would be interesting to delve into the relationship between digital and foundry type, or more specifically, typefaces that were born in the digital and brought to metal post-issue.

The closest that I can find would be our dear friend Jim's Stern, which was simultaneously issued in both metal and digital forms.

So this might be a stretch—given that the skills for producing metal type are anything but common in this age—but is anyone familiar with any such faces or the process that goes into the conversion?

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Hello everyone, this is my newest typeface that started as a Python script experiment and now transformed into a regular font family.

ION superfamily consists of 3 families — condensed (ION A), normal (ION B) and wide (ION C). The glyphs are based on the classic 7-segment display. Every ION family has a compelling range of 10 weights, supports more than 70 Latin-based languages and various OpenType features, including discretionary ligatures, fractions and stylistic sets. The family is completed with a special box-drawing font called Cells. See and read more at Urtd or go check it at MyFonts.

Thanks for your comments!

Hello Typophiles,

Could anyone point me to any helpful resources on creating interactive PDFs in InDesign CS4? I've found a few tutorials, but I was wondering if there is a quality book/e-book written on the subject.


So as a publications teacher, I obviously think teaching students typography is relevant. I mean, after all, these kids will someday be the ones designing our magazine headlines and advertisements. I thought, heck, this has to be supported in our state standards for technology, right? WRONG. I found these results when I did a general search for typography:

Arizona Department of Education: 0 results
Association of Career and Technical Education: 1 result
Association of Career and Technical Education in Arizona: 0 results
Electronic Journalism Academic Standards: 0 results
Audio/Visual Technology Academic Standards: 0 results

Even in the class where typography SHOULD be relevant, it is not even mentioned!

OK, so yes, it is another student in need of your brains for an essay. Im not sure if you like this constant barrage of 'help needed', posts, but im pretty sure it begins to grate after a while. Hopefully I have some questions that will spark some interest and more importantly not have been discussed a thousand times before. Please feel free to answer the questions of just give your general opinion after getting the gist of the subject from the questions.
Do you think that if you had to use the old school techniques of design such as letter pressing and typesetting it would hinder your creativity when creating a piece?


I would like to show you a work I did using my Wacom tablet and Inkscape.
There was once a thread about calligraphy software and I am sure Inkscape is one of the best. It works different then CorelDraw and Illustrator but I think is more close to the traditional way except the strokes can be rearranged if necessary.

And a detail at actual size.

I would like to see your comments, critiques and advices so please feel free to post them.

A bigger version of it (1600 x 1200 px) can be downloaded from my site.

Thank you very much.

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