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#48 — The Curly Beans

One of my favourite finds this week came through TypographyGuru, with these pictures from the old typ
Coffee Table Typography
#48 — The Curly Beans
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One of my favourite finds this week came through TypographyGuru, with these pictures from the old type foundry Typoart, which had started in GDR Germany in 1948. I love seeing punch cutters at work, and these pictures from the 70’s show so much minute precision going on as type is, quite literally, manually crafted. From those solid, shiny zinc stencils to the actual matrices for the type casting, I can only imagine this to be the most incredibly satisfying manual work.
If you’re in SF, you may have not noticed an interesting choice of type inscribed on one of its pillars: while not necessarily pretty by today’s standards (or legible), it shows how much it can be forgiven when you tie it with the classical fat Deco styling of the 20’s.
There’s been more great news for the Variable News department. You can now discover and try them out live on the Variable Fonts Playground, which was built by no other than Nick Sherman. Perhaps even more exciting, are the news about better support for them! Microsoft has just announced Variable Font support for Edge 17 and even released a nice little developer’s guide, which we’ll cover in this edition too.
Until next time, type friends, 🤞
—Ricardo

The Long, Incredibly Tortuous, and Fascinating Process of Creating a Chinese Font
Heiti and Mingti (different styles)
Heiti and Mingti (different styles)
A Primer to Web Accessibility for Designers
Variable Fonts Demo — Microsoft Edge Demos
Typography Wars: Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes?
Typeface Du Jour ✍️
You’ve probably seen it by now, but Kontrapunkt is a new kind of typeface that deserves your attention even if you don’t really have a use for it. Essentially, Kontrapunkt is a sound-sensitive typeface which will change, in real time, its shapes and letterforms based on the surrounding sound (or whatever else you feed it).
While arguably just another visual sound wave generator, the effects of it on a typeface are pretty remarkable! As you’d expect, it makes use of several axis included on its OpenType features, or in other words, a Variable Font. What you get is a typeface with an infinite amount of alphabet combinations:
Aiming to always be informative and appropriate, the variable signage typeface dynamically changes appearance by vibrating in different frequencies and wave types, echoing electronic oscillators.
Enough chit-chat, go play around with it!
On the Coffee Scene ☕️
If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation
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Coffee Table Typography

A love for words, letters, language—and coffee.
A digest of curated resources, articles and knowledge sharing about the beauty of typography; in design, on the web, or books.
You will read these over your morning cup of coffee, while the aromas of freshly ground beans are still in the air, quickly realising that words are beautiful and that you might need that second cup after all.

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