Les créateurs de caractères: ultra-petits créateurs-producteurs

Merci pour votre article: Polices de caractères, un piratage méconnu Cette prise de conscience est relativement nouvelle, comparativement aux décennies précédentes. Les graphistes, designers souffrent du manque de reconnaissance de leur travail, les dizaines de billets de blogs alertant des abus de ces plateformes de création graphique à 2€, comme ces concours de création de logos payés avec une bonne bouteille de champagne (la dernière du jour) ne sont que de petits exemples. Mais la conscience qu’un caractère typographique qui apporte de la valeur à projet et à ce titre doit-être payé pour son usage est acquise.


Jean Mallon et le ductus

Jean Mallon est un paléographe qui a participé aux recherches qui ont abouties à la création du Peignot, créé par Cassandre pour la fonderie Deberny & Peignot. Peut-être encore plus que la pratique même de la calligraphie, le ductus est un point fondamental dans la compréhension des formes typographiques, du placement des empattements, de la suppression de certains d’entre-eux.


Typefaces addiction

Typefaces are just like cigarettes: you started buying them because you thought they made you look cool, but now you’re just addicted.


The legendary typographers were in the room

Not later than 2 days ago, I’ve got this discussion with Typofonderie’s team and shared the fact that many of reputable typographers speak a perfect french. Then, today, I found back this old piece, wrote this small homage about John Dreyfus in 2002, founding member and second president of ATypI. Already more than ten years ago.


Fonderies, créateurs de caractères

Avez-vous vu la liste infinie des acteurs de la scène typographique Française?

Fonderies, créateurs de caractères, développeurs de fontes, LaTeXniciens et typonomes de la scène typographique française

par Frank Adebiaye

Typeface design editors and tools

The few available editors, applications and tools useful for typeface design, font design (Mac OS or Windows). This list is regularly updated with my finding.


Font designers economy

Two articles discovered via Daring Fireball can be interesting in the context of font market quick analyse.


Depending font distribution, there is some way to sold type licences. At Myfonts, it seems that fonts sold by weights are the things people buying. In more traditional distributors, such FontShop or Monotype, families are the first thing you’re pushed to buy. Despite the analogy sound present compared to albums versus singles in music industry as described on the two articles, it doesn’t apply at 100%: separate fonts work mostly for headline, one shot use, compared to typefaces families used for longer time. I don’t cover here bespoke fonts who is a completely different subject.


Daylight Fonts


Searching the web for some information this morning, I found this website based in Japan who list quite seriously many fonts, foundries, designers of the fabulous fonts…


Stealing typefaces

“I can’t afford a porsche, but it doesn’t give me the right to steal one.
Stealing typefaces is absolutely unnecessary considering the number of free ones out there, not to mention the ones that came on your OS.” Alphonse.

Quoted from Brandnew comments.

The best of 2009 at Mehallo

The best of 2009 at Mehallo’s blog and he

will randomly select five winners from the comments. Each winner will receive a complete, licensed set of Jeanne Moderno fonts: All 9 OpenType fonts, $99 USD value.

Then, a bit of French graphic cuisine… about the best covers for 2009.

Woff is now supported by Firefox

After only few months of development, thanks to initial team for their effort, Woff is now supported by Firefox.More on Woff.

KL Twitter status

“Logos and branding are so important. In a big part of the world, people cannot read French or English—but are great in remembering signs.”

KL Twitter status 6:13 AM May 7th

iPhone Font applications

As font designer who use an iPhone, I have a dream.


Phinney on Fonts

This new blog is about fonts, typography and text. It’s a mix of geeky troubleshooting, info for font developers and thoughts for regular end users who happen to be curious about typography. If you liked typblography you should visit his new blog, both by the designer of Hypatia Sans, Thomas Phinney.

Eula article

The Case for a User-Friendly EULA by Tiffany Wardle is now online. Its a good news: This article first appeared in Interrobang 2, a SOTA publication from 2004. At least, take a look to the comparative chart.

See related post.
See additional details on Typophile.