Tag Archives: fonts

June 5, 2015


Fontstand is a Mac OS X app that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop use for just a fraction of the regular price. One-click font activation for all your OS X apps.

This is a really great concept. A few more foundries would be nice, but it’s early days yet.

April 3, 2015
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Typographers' typefaces

Over four years and across eight issues we interviewed 64 world-renowned designers, including; Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Michael Bierut, Nina Stössinger, Mark Simonson & Seb Lester, plus owners of respected type foundries such as, Font Smith, Type Together and Process Type.

We’ve counted the number of times each typeface was selected and found consensus with the top 25. The top 10 designers’ favourite fonts will be quite familiar to many but hopefully the full list will provide a useful stepping stone to exploring many more.

April 1, 2014

CERN to switch to Comic Sans

Following the viral success of ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti’s presentation on 4 July 2012 announcing the discovery a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson, Gillies scrambled a team of emergency typographers to work towards the change. Working in shifts night and day for over a year, they deconstructed Gianotti’s presentation at the very tiniest level to study its fundamental structure. They then came up with a sophisticated statistical model to separate the font from the background content.

Not all April Fools jokes are worth sharing. This one most definitely is.

March 2, 2013

Texlive font not loadable

This is worth a quick mention in case someone runs into the same issue. If you get this when trying to make a .tex file:

IEEEtran.cls:366: leading text: normalfont
IEEEtran.cls:724: Font OT1/ptm/m/n/5=ptmr7t at 5.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM)

Then install the recommended fonts to fix the problem:

§ sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended

This took me way longer to figure out than it should have.