Type Worship: Inspirational Typography & Lettering

The official blog of 8 Faces magazine. Featuring inspirational typography, beautiful lettering, reviews, interviews with leading designers. Curated by Jamie Clarke with Elliot Jay Stocks.

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Rising Together: The Black American Experience with Police...

Rising Together: The Black American Experience with Police ViolenceI was recently introduced to the inspiring work of Isometric, a graphic design and architecture studio run by queer people of color, in New York City. The team focusses on projects that advance inclusion, equality, and justice via visual identities and exhibitions. “We created this series...

Against Racism!Adding my voice, and standing shoulder to...

Against Racism!Adding my voice, and standing shoulder to shoulder with my black, Asian and minority friends and family against racism.

Making Rig Sans, Part 8SpacingMuch of the overall look of a...

Making Rig Sans, Part 8SpacingMuch of the overall look of a typeface is determined by the amount of space in and around its characters. Spacing therefore becomes a critical part of the type design process and many agree that it is in fact as important as the shapes of the characters themselves.As each character’s shape and space are so intertwined,...

Making Rig Sans, Part 7Figures. Fonts can have multiple figure...

Making Rig Sans, Part 7Figures. Fonts can have multiple figure styles for different uses. Lining, or Modern figures, are all the same height (similar the capital letters) and work well in all-caps settings and on their own.Oldstyle, or text figures, have varying heights and blend well in running text settings.Both types of figures may have Tabular versions....

Making Rig Sans, Part 6Rig Sans has a number of alternative...

Making Rig Sans, Part 6Rig Sans has a number of alternative characters, not because I can’t make up my mind about which I prefer but these variations provide a subtle difference in feel and an opportunity for personalisation without detracting from the overall style.They all need localised versions too!See all of my typefaces on Adobe Fonts

typeworship: New Release: Span Type Family It’s been a while...

typeworship: New Release: Span Type Family It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog frequently here on Type Worship. The main reason for this is that I’ve been engrossed in my latest type design project which has just launched on MyFonts. On top of the usual intense focus any creative task demands, there’s been a lot to learn. This was the...

Making Rig Sans, Part 5I’ve not had to tackle hinting for my...

Making Rig Sans, Part 5I’ve not had to tackle hinting for my fonts before now as they’ve been designed primarily for display use. Rig Sans however needs to work clearly at small sizes. Hinting distorts the character shapes to better fit a screen’s pixel grid at small sizes. It’s widely acknowledged that legibility increases if the character shapes are...

Making Rig Sans, Part 4I’m checking over the typeface before...

Making Rig Sans, Part 4I’m checking over the typeface before refining the spacing and then kerning. I’m looking at the character shapes as a whole but also the weight and width of each character for anything jarring. Rig Sans is designed to same principles of its 3D predecessors, It has a robust framework to withstand distortion and embellishment. See...

Making Rig Sans, Part 3I enjoy designing the diacritical marks...

Making Rig Sans, Part 3I enjoy designing the diacritical marks that ensure a typeface can do its job in other languages. The challenge is to draw accents and marks that work seamlessly with the overall design while respecting local traditions and preferences. Not being a native reader in every language that my fonts are used in, I spend time digging...

The 8 Faces shop is closing for good after next weekStrange...

The 8 Faces shop is closing for good after next weekStrange days, eh? The current coronavirus crisis is hitting some of us pretty hard. One of the cutbacks we’re having to make is ending our contract with our fulfilment house in order to save storage costs for the magazines, so we’ve taken the decision to close the 8 Faces online shop indefinitely after...

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