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Why Are Font Design Studios Called "Foundries"?

Type foundries derive their name from the pre-computer graphics era when the art and craft of designing typefaces fell to skilled craftsmen who meticulously designed font families by hand. In 1448, Johann Gutenberg, an accomplished metalworker, cast those letters into single pieces of rectangular metal, and along with formulating the ink and developing the printing…


Using Stock Audio for Designing: What Sounds Work Best for Your Brand?

Compelling media content requires compelling audio, which provide the emotion and increase viewer response. But with legal rights always a factor, you’ve likely avoided using the right music for your piece, out of fear of huge licensing fees, or even being sued. Even if you’ve gone for more generic audio, it’s likely you couldn’t find…


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…


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…



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…


How Poor-Quality Photos Ruin Your Design (And Where to Get Good Ones)

With photo sharing platforms like Instagram boasting over 75 million active users each day, let alone the rest of social media and the larger internet, it’s no secret that the value of a picture has far exceeded a thousand words. As designers of such destinations, you seek to engage and inform your audience, whether you’ve…


What is a Large Volume Commercial Extension?

If you’re planning on using a font for any purpose that will result in more than 250,000 combined instances, then you are not covered by the Standard Desktop license. If your use results in more than 250,000 print and/or digital instances, you will need a Large Volume Commercial extension, as described in 5.5 of the…


The Prolific Work of PintassilgoPrints + Special Promotion

PintassilgoPrints (pin-tas-sil-go-prints) is an experienced, independent type foundry founded in the seaside city of Vitória, Brazil, an epicenter of the Brazilian typography scene. Currently located in Florianópolis, Brazil, PintassilgoPrints has been run by the prolific couple Erica Jung and Ricardo Marcin for the better part of a decade, but the pair has been engaged in print-related…

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