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Mark Simonson, The Living Legend Behind Proxima Nova

Every designer hopes that his or her work will one day reach widespread popularity. It’s a dream that rarely happens for most of us, but when it does, the experience is nothing short of magical. For Mark Simonson, lightning struck the instant he created Proxima Nova, one of the most popular fonts available on the market…


The Brilliant Mind Behind The Evolving Work Of Shinntype

Nick Shinn founded the Shinntype foundry in 1998, after spending two decades working in graphic design. While his life began in London, his formative years took place in the small village of Barton-le-Clay in Bedfordshire, England. In 1974, Nick received an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from Leeds Polytechnic in Yorkshire. Just two years later,…


The Northern Block – Interview With Founder Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill created The Northern Block type foundry in 2006. The foundry’s name originated from the term, “The Eastern Bloc,” additionally finding inspiration in the wit and irony of The Designer’s Republic, an anti-establishment design studio in his home city of Sheffield, England. Their use of the phrase, “North Of Nowhere,” heavily influenced the name he would…


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…


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…


Tom Chalky Fonts: Handcrafted Font Options for Your Media Project

Tom Chalky Fonts are some of the most beautiful handcrafted fonts around, and for the next month you can save 50% off all his designs. With 88 individual fonts available and sale options starting as low as $2, you’ll find something that caters to every manner of design project. Many of his fonts fit the latest…


What Should I Do If Someone Is Using My Designs Without Paying?

Designers–have you ever walked into a store or looked up at a billboard and recognized your font on product packaging or in an ad–but you don’t have any record of a commercial license? Have you ever seen your font or stock art in a television commercial, but you never received your Show Titles licensing fees?…


The Anti-Smoking Font - truth®

truth® branded their powerful #FinishIt campaign with Filmotype Gem in the fall of 2014, thanks to negotiation by YouWorkForThem, in close collaboration with the foundry and the team at the LA agency 72andSunny, and the campaign has been hitting hard ever since. If you’ve seen a television in the United States recently, you’ve no doubt…

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