Type Mafia

Hi! I’m Gerben Dollen, smart capo at @TypeMafia. I really enjoy sharing my on- and offline observations. Every now and then I write my musings on design, typography in particular, and other interesting things I come across.

Hi! I’m Gerben Dollen, smart capo at @TypeMafia. I really enjoy sharing my on- and offline observations. Every now and then I write my musings on design, typography in particular, and other interesting things I come across.

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#9・

Actium Cyrillic: a different approach for strokes below the baseline.

So we got our hands on our type family Actium again, exploring if we could blend a Cyrillic capo into the Greek/Latin mix.

 
#8・

Why simple typographic title sequences work

On the other hand I also love the title sequence of the Dutch crime series Penoza. Because the opening title is so damn short. Just a single static typographic image frozen for a couple of seconds, so it doesn’t disturb the growing tension the viewer is just …

 
#7・

The end of the Amsterdam’s curly letter 😢

Then facing cleared windows. Oh no! I was already too late. Apart from a bit the removal tool couldn’t reach, all gone:

 
#6・

What makes you click?

I hope you enjoyed this issue as usual. I might need some nurturing, though. Are you liking the articles so far? What type of content would you like to see more — or better less?Just hit the reply button to let me know. I won’t fool you.Thanks,Gerben

 
#5・

Why responsive typography is necessary

Years ago I dreamt of webfonts being responsive to both medium and design when consulting for Google. Side suggestions to speed up font delivery were soon after implemented but my main priority—eliminating the variety of how thin or thick a single font looks …

 
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Type Mafia — Issue #4

Summer is great for leaving the comfort zone and seeing things in the wild. Offline. I love cruising my bike out of town through the country side to the coast and bump into type or else that I otherwise wouldn’t encounter. Next to this, I took the train to Fr…

 
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Issue #3 — Beijing

Aware of the Chinese script but always ignored, now I couldn't. I soon realised the difficulties with this non-Latin script. Well, at least in the opinion of our Western eyes. For instance this packaging's closure (shown about twice as large), printed onto an…

 
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Issue #2 — Hong Kong

Spent an intense week in Hong Kong, fully packed with offline amusement. The city of blinding lights is an interesting mix of labyrinths connecting sidewalks with boring shopping malls, immense tall wet alleys, some art deco(ish) architecture, urban jungles w…

 
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Issue #1 — Let's go crazy

Okay, let's try something new. An entertaining and short mailing digest about all the beauties (and beasts) that catches my attention on the go. Sounds good? Let me know. I'm as much excited as nervous to see where this is going to. Currently I'm in Hong Kong…