Resources During the Pandemic
“Aside from potential health threats, the type and design community faces severe economic challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Type Directors Club supports our community during this time.”
An evolving list of helpful resources for designers and businesses.
Free rental of the film Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century
“For the next month (until 4/24/2020), you can get a free rental of our Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century film. This film offers a glimpse into the creative process—and joie de vivre in the act of ‘making’—from the late Jim Rimmer. No obligation nor purchase necessary—just use code: OMEGA22 at the P22 Vimeo On Demand Page.”
The Creative Cloud now allows syncing and installation of any fonts
“Access your own fonts across Adobe apps and other desktop applications (such as Microsoft Office) by uploading them to the Creative Cloud desktop app. You can then use these fonts in your creative designs and projects.”
Variable font experiment: Your Typeface
yourtypeface.com is a variable typeface experiment that enables you to design a typeface from the proportions and forced emotion of your face. Look surprised or uptight, yawn or smile, and let your face design your own typeface. Download it and use it freely for any project you’d like.
Watch Gary Hustwit’s documentaries for free
“Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is streaming his documentaries free worldwide during the global COVID crisis. Each week we’ll be posting another film here.”
March 17 to 24: Helvetica
The Digital Wave by Robin Kinross
“Perondi re-reads Kinross’s 1992 article and recalls what happened during the decades that followed.”
The CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2020 supports variable fonts
“One of the new typography features in CorelDRAW 2020 is support for variable fonts. Variable fonts allow you to modify font properties such as width, slant, weight and more, resulting in a wide variety of looks from just one font. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to access these features and experiment with different properties to fine-tune the look of text in your designs.”
Fontsmith fonts now available on MyFonts
Fontsmith was recently acquired by Monotype. As a result, the Fontsmith library has now been made available on myfonts.com, fonts.com, linotype.com and fontshop.com.
Google Fonts gets a facelift and new features
For its tenth anniversary, Google Fonts revamped its website and added support for variable fonts.
MAC Rhino Fonts is redesigned
“MAC Rhino Fonts have a redesigned website full of new content. Most important... the MRF typefaces are finally available to buy from its source. Secondly, the custom type section is now full of new examples. Along with this there are other stuff related to typography such as "found type"etc. Welcome!”
FontGoggles: A font viewer for Mac OS
“FontGoggles is a font viewer for various font formats. It is a desktop application for macOS. It is free and open source. The main focus is text behavior, specifically text shaping and variation behavior.”
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