Spring 2009

The DNA of ABCs

Sofie Beier
Type special / Superfamilies [EXTRACT]

Multifunctional font families, crafted for every eventuality, are doing away with the need to seek out complementary faces

Before publishing his first book, the eighteenth-century printer John Baskerville spent more than seven years developing his type, ink and paper. Now that technology allows graphic designers to produce decent-looking typefaces in a fraction of the time, many professional type designers are returning to the meticulousness of the old masters, and creating fewer typefaces – but with greater care for the details. This can manifest itself in many ways: extended character sets with multilingual versions and contextual alternatives, or in typeface families that are extended to cover a multitude of uses and contexts . . .

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