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The legacy of Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk: A Must-Have Classic

URW Grotesk was designed by Hermann Zapf (pronounced “dzahff”) in 1985 for URW, currently headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Born on November 8, 1918 in Nuremberg, Germany, three days before the end of World War I and right in the middle of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that plagued Europe, Hermann Zapf’s early life was extremely turbulent, to…


The Art & History of the P22 Type Foundry

P22 Type Foundry is truly a gem in YouWorkForThem’s catalog of impressive foundries. P22 has won dozens of awards–once winning 11 in a single year–and maintains partnerships with over a dozen museums including The Guggenheim, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and other world-famous museums and galleries. What makes P22’s work so fascinating…


When Design Meets Ambition: Ryoichi Tsunekawa

Ryoichi Tsunekawa was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1978. As a child, he was fascinated by the mechanics of design and abstract art, both of which inspired him to major in Architecture when he attended university as a young adult. Soon after receiving his Master of Arts degree, Ryoichi found steady employment as an engineer and…


The Fascinating Font That Inspired URW Clarendon

URW Clarendon is a version of one of the world’s most ubiquitous font families. Clarendon, named after the Clarendon Press in Oxford, England, was designed in 1845 by Robert Besley for the Thorowgood and Co. foundry. The typeface was registered under Britain’s Ornamental Designs Act of 1842, the first ever font to be protected as such. The…


Refrigerator Deluxe Fonts: A Popular Retro Style That Works in Multiple Formats

Refrigerator Deluxe is a very popular font that brings back a particular retro style seen in the mid-20th century. Its inspiration comes from block-style lettering commonly seen in lettering manuals during the era. Created by font designer extraordinaire Mark Simonson, this font is a versatile workhorse, especially with the recent resurgence of retro styles. Simonson’s creation…



YouWorkForThem WebFonts: Pay Once, Play Forever.

At YouWorkForThem, we think the dominant subscription-based model of WebFonts is nothing short of highway robbery. The Fontopoly charges a monthly fee for the use of the WebFonts they resell–all while refusing to give their customers access to the font files themselves! Instead, they host the files on their own servers, which you must reference in your…


Proxima Nova – The Greatest of the Helvetica Killers

Designer Mark Simonson revamped and expanded upon his six original Proxima Sans designs to create the insanely popular Proxima Nova font collection that designers around the world know and love today. With clean, modern lines and easy legibility even at very small point sizes, it’s no wonder that Proxima Nova is highly sought after, and…


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