Tagged With fonts

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Forget Myriad Pro, Helvetica or Futura. The only font you'll ever need is designer Harald Geisler's "Albert Einstein", painstakingly crafted to match the "clear rhythm, even flow and soft curves" of the theoretical physicist's handwriting. But Geisler wants to take the font even further, adding letter variations and upping the quality and hence, he's fired up a Kickstarter for funding.

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Humans have been writing for a long, long time — we were making lettermarks for thousands of years. Of course, that doesn't mean we've ever reached a consensus about the perfect way to write or print. And over the past few years, we've seen designers take on real, tangible problems using type design.

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The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden — but it's also questioning whether a national font is a bit too nationalistic for their progressive Scandinavian sensibilities.

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It was square, squat and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I'm talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I'm also talking about the font that came with it.

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This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans. However, it wasn't until the very early 1800s that it became popularised, around the same time as the first official US dollars were being minted. Previous to this, the symbol had already been in use as an abbreviation for names of Spanish currency, namely as an abbreviation for the Spanish peso "p".