tom haynes

96pt type

The New York Times has used 96 point type on the front page only four times in its history.

In 1969:

In 1974:

In 2001:

And most recently in 2009:

The font in most (all?) of these is Cheltenham.

Wes Anderson and Futura

Mark Simonson has some great examples of Futura from Wes Anderson movies. Anderson uses dashes of Helvetica and 1970’s-looking Milano, as well.

edit Just saw Fantastic Mr. Fox and even though the poster uses Futura, most of the type in the movie is Helvetica.

Skolar poster

Enjoying this poster from David Březina and typetogether. Uses David’s Skolar, a typeface far too expensive for me to play with.


I can’t imagine how much work it took to design and program Liza, a font from Underware that replicates calligraphic handwriting. Check out the introductory and “Pour les connaisseurs” manuals.

Designing a typeface

I’ve been into typography lately, and have wondered exactly how people design typefaces. Then the article “Newzald: From Moleskine to Market” jumped into my news reader and now I have a better idea. I just wish some of these programs didn’t cost so much…

Also check out “So you want to create a font” from the same site.

Half Acre Beer

Enjoyed some Half Acre Beer in Chicago this holiday. I noticed that the typeface was was very clean and suspected that it might have been Gotham. Turns out I was right. Here’s an interview with the designer.

The other major deciding factor was that Gotham was a traditionally American face. It was inspired by the Port Authority Terminal in New York City. It was rooted, firm, stable, had many weights, it was very easy to typeset, all these made our decision quite easy.

Gotham is also what Obama’s campaign used. This article from idsgn is a must-read if you want to learn more about Gotham.

Times New Roman is boring

“No, Times New Roman is boring. We want interesting computer science professors. Oooh, this one is cute!”

(link from Sherri)