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      Put a ring on it, part I – on the origins of the letter Å

      The origins of Å can be traced back almost 500 years to a Hanseatic printer caught in the midst of major political, theological, technological, and phonological turmoil.


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      Hesse Antiqua: Typeface Release at 100

      Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, born January 2 in 1918, is a woman of many talents. As she turns 100, her first alphabet design will be finally released after 70 years.


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      Invisibly fingerprinting text with Zero-Width Characters

      “Journalists watch out—you may be unintentionally revealing sources.”


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      Biblio File podcast: Gaspereau Press

      “I met recently with Andrew Steeves to talk about his approach to printing and publishing, about his experience with Johanna Skibsrud's The Sentimentalists, and about what he hopes to achieve with his work and in his life.”


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      The Venetian origins of roman type

      Why Jenson’s and Spira’s model has to be found in the ‘Paduan style’ rather than in the script of Poggio or other Florentine humanists


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      Fontstand: An interview with TypeTogether

      TypeTogether might not seem an obvious name for a business partnership founded by two people living nearly 6,000 miles apart. Yet when Veronika Burian and José Scaglione started their type foundry, Veronika (originally from the Czech Republic) was living in the US and José in his native Argentina …


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      Font editor FontLab VI was finally released

      This is the first major upgrade since the 2005 release of FontLab Studio 5.


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      Trade Gothic gets the color font treatment

      “Based on the powerful Trade Gothic Condensed Heavy typeface, Monotype Studio designer Lynne Yun, created the fonts necessary to set both “beveled” and “embossed” characters in any color.”


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      Introducing A2-Mazarin

      Originally designed as a Garamond-inspired metal typeface by Robert Girard c. 1921–23, and published under the name Astrée by esteemed French foundry Deberny Peignot, the typeface was soon recut and renamed Mazarin by renowned English foundry Stephenson Blake in 1926.


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      TypeNotes 2 released

      Issue two of TypeNotes is on sale now through the Fontsmith Shop priced £10.


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