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TypeCon 2019 Report

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This year, I researched and presented a talk at TypeCon about handwriting and fonts. TypeCon is a conference for designers and font designers that takes place every year. This year, it was in Minneapolis, which I really enjoyed exploring. There were several other interesting presentations this year, and a whole font-themed game night. I went…

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Designing a Custom Typeface | Part 2

(Missed the first part of the custom typeface series? Check here!) In the months since my last blog, I’ve made a lot of progress on designRoom’s new typeface. First, we chose a concrete direction. After a more in-depth look at the way we use fonts, we decided we wanted a more personalized replacement for the…

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designRoom’s New Typeface | Part 1

designRoom is getting a custom typeface! As part of our efforts to refine our brand typography, I will be creating a typeface from scratch exclusively for use by designRoom. When designing anything, it’s hard to know where to start sometimes. With fonts that can be a particular problem. So, before I start the design process,…

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A Type Design Niche, By the Letter

While it’s still early in my career, I’ve been fortunate to have developed a type design niche. I have a knack for letters. All About All the Letters My expertise, and my passion, is in type design — making new fonts and expanding old ones. It can be tedious. Kerning, for example, is a step…

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Hi! I’m Anna Richard: Design Intern

Hi, I’m the new designRoom intern, Anna Richard. I’m a Kent State graduate with a BFA in Visual Communication Design, specializing in typography and typeface design. I don’t have a favorite font, but if I had to pick one, it’d be Greta Mono. In fact, I’m also working for Google this summer, fixing typefaces in…

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Typography: Floundering in a Sea of Design

I have a great fondness for typography, especially type layout. Since I can’t sketch or draw or design, in the office I’m a text-generating island floundering in a sea of designers. And I swallow a lot of water fighting to stay afloat. The last time we wrote about typography I wrote of my love for Arial, the…

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