Saturday, November 14, 2009


All Things Typographic: NOVEMBER ISSUE
from Irene's TypeStudio

Fall back to typography. Here's the latest scoop:
-- TypeTalk: You ask, we answer
-- Hanging Characters in QuarkXPress 8
-- Words at Play
-- Font Fight
-- Upcoming Typography Workshops
-- Gourmet Typography Discount LAST MONTH
-- The Type Studio now on Twitter

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TypeTalk: You ask, we answer
Q. You've written about figures in Open Type fonts, both oldstyle and lining variants and tabular and proportional spacing. But I have trouble figuring out which fonts have which. Can you help unravel this numerical mystery? Check it out...

Q. What is the difference between Times Roman and Times New Roman, and why are both listed in my font menu? Is Times Roman the "Old" version? Please explain! Check it out...

Hanging Characters in QuarkXPress 8
Hanging punctuation has long been one of the hallmarks of expert typography. Adobe InDesign CS has provided for this with its Optical Margin Alignment. This feature makes it a snap to achieve an optically aligned margin - an effect you previously had to create manually, and painstakingly, with desktop publishing software. Quark 8 has finally stepped up to the plate, and now contains a very robust feature with precise and customizable controls for hanging characters. Read on...

Words at Play
Spell out "words at play" with the floating characters, and see where it takes you. This book was created as a special project to celebrate the power of words, the beauty of typography, and the creativity of designers Roberto de Vicq and Matteo Bologna. Take a look...

Font Fight
More on Helvetica and Arial, who get into a good old fashioned rumble in this College Humor video, which is a sequel to the the very funny Font Conference. Check it out...

Upcoming Typography Workshops
Every creative professional, including the most seasoned designer, can benefit from learning to communicate more effectively with type. This workshop will give you the expert-level typographic skills and aesthetics necessary to visibly improve your type. It will sharpen your eye and reignite your passion for typography.

Gourmet Typography 1 and 2
New York
Friday, December 4
Part 1: 9 to 12
Part 2: 1 to 4

Typography for Print: The Finer Points
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Friday, January 8

If you'd like to see Gourmet Typography come to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or any other city, let me know! Ilene

Gourmet Typography Discount LAST MONTH
In today's competitive market, you need all the edge you can get. Whether you are a student or a professional, having strong typographic skills should be at the top of your list.

Bring Gourmet Typography Training right to your company, school or organization! Workshops are customized for groups of any size and designed to fit your specific needs. Sessions are scheduled for your convenience - daytime, evenings or weekends. We will design a program customized for your particular requirements.

ONSITE TRAINING: $300 off workshops booked through December.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES: Special pricing, call 203.227.5929 for details.

"I found your class to be the missing link in the field of graphic design. I have had type classes before and the content is mostly about the structure of fonts, word usage style and then how to see type as a design element. Very important classes, but not all inclusive. Having been in the field for over 16 years, I was surprised how much I learned and some of the practical information about what to do with fonts. Thanks again!"

For more info, click here or call 203.227.5929.

The Type Studio now on Twitter
Yes, I gave in to Twitter pressure. It's no longer your teenager's social networking tool, but a valuable source of education and information for students, educators and professionals of all kinds.

Follow me at Twitter for the best of typographic rants, raves, reviews, and releases.


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