Blog 40

  • 20th Anniversary Fall Berlin Wall

    In 1989 Joan and Erik Spiek­ermann founded FontShop. That same year the Berlin Wall came down. On a visit to Berlin Neville Brody – who would co-​found the FontFont library with Erik one year later – chipped away a fragment of the Wall, a moment immor­talised by Joan. FSI FontShop Inter­na­tional and its Berlin-​based type foundry FontFont today celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • Letterror Twenty Years Later

    Letterror: Still crazy after twen‿ty years

    FontShop is celebrating its 20th birthday. We’re being flooded by greetings from all over the world. This morning, when Yves Peters posted a snapshot on FontFeed of Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum in their early days at FontShop, his portuguese colleague Tânia Raposo mailed in a picture that she took today; Frank Grieshammer (a student of Erik’s) just maield it to me. And the dudes still look pretty damn good, don’t they?

  • Tom Waits Lyrics On Human Canvas.

    In the music video for the Tom Waits song Come On Up to the House, from the Grammy-​winning Mule Varia­tions (Best Contem­porary Folk Album at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999), the lyrics for the song are written on a human body. Director Anders Lövgren took a quite different approach, a much courser inter­pre­tation with raw, expressive writing filmed in stop motion. The stuttering rhythm and frenetic layering of the images beauti­fully comple­ments the intense, offbeat delivery of Waits gravelly voice.

  • Celebrating 20 Years of FontShop With Joan Spiekermann

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of FontShop. To celebrate the occasion The FontFeed will be running a series of inter­views with its key people. We kick off with Joan Spiek­ermann, co-​founder and still the “mater familias” of the original vendor of digital type. She reminisces about the early pioneering days.

  • New Fonts from FontShop

    Indie Quality: New Fonts From Independent Foundries

  • Don't Believe the Type! Symposium

    On Friday November 6, the Ship of Fools gallery organises the Don’t Believe the Type! symposium. It will be a day with an inspiring mix of workshops, lectures, and the exhibition with the work of internationally known artists and designers. The love of typography is what brings them together, and this will be shown during the expo.

  • ATypI Conference TYP09 In Mexico closed

  • Horrible Truth Behind Pixar Intro Finally Revealed

    This post comes just in time for the Halloween season, and is not for the faint of heart. College Humor has released footage that reveals what actually does happen when the mascot Luxo jumps on the “I” in the famous Pixar intro. They somehow managed to edit the original take into something more palpable – the version we see at the beginning of every Pixar movie, and which we all love, proves that about anything can be covered up with the use of CGI. The truth however is very, very gory. Beware of adorable, homicidal lamps…
    The FontFeed

  • Cast your vote for The Power of Print 2009

    Every year the most beautiful posters and brochures of the past cultural season in Flanders are spotlighted, and by doing so also the collaboration between professional designers and cultural institutions. The ten best posters nominated from the shortlist were posted on the competition website Now you can cast your vote too and help decide who will be awarded the audience prize. You can vote until Thursday, October 29.

  • Chance Encounters On The Magazine Rack

    This is just a quick reminder that as graphic designers, we would be very foolish to think that anything we do gives us any control over our visual surroundings, or helps “fight ugliness”. Anyone who has seen Helvetica, the documentary film by Gary Hustwit, knows whose quote I’m referring to. The most we can hope to achieve is nudge a little of the visual chaos in the right direction. My last post about the Twenty Tweetable Truths About Magazines made me discover these two images on Grids, the official Society of Publi­cation Designers blog. They feature chance encounters between unrelated magazine covers creating new unexpected readings. I hope you have as much fun discov­ering them as I had.

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