Category Archives: Typography

Man who made Helvetica famous dies

“It is not a letter that’s bent to shape; it’s a letter that lives in a powerful matrix of surrounding space,” Mike Parker said. “It’s — oh, it’s brilliant when it’s done well.”

Mike Parker, considered the “godfather” of the Helvetica font, died on Sunday, February 23.

Picking Typefaces that Go Together Well

Mixing and matching typefaces in a document or a web site can be one of the bigger challenges for a designer. This article at offers a few tips on how to make you fonts play nice.

Using OpenType Fonts Effectively

With the advent of OpenType, typographers and designers can benefit from many new “smart” features that allow glyph substitution and positioning depending on neighboring characters.

While not all OpenType fonts offer this capability (OpenType is a kind of wrapper for for a font, not a designation of it’s quality) many newer faces offer all kinds of features such as multiple ligature settings, number case options, typographics extras and much, much more.

Jay Nelson of Design Tools Monthly has a great article where he describes many of the features OpenType fonts (Adios Script in particular) have to offer and how to access these typographic goodies in Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. Click here to go to the article.