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Another Way to Find Fonts
Font Finder
Linotype's Font Finder offers numerous ways to find a font that you are looking for or help you search for one that suits your project. You can search by terms, by usage, by themes...or let it ask you a series of questions about the font you are trying to identify (much like my old favorite Rookledges!). It then recommends fonts for you, and of course, you can buy them right there if you choose.

There are numerous other typographic resources  on Linotype's site, such as font designers' profiles  ;-)

Type geeks get ready! There are
Cool Free Font Apps for your iPhone or
iPod Touch

iPhone FontShuffe
FontShop's app lets you browse, view and print from approximately 650 original fonts in their catalog. It automatically adds new fonts as they become available. Too much fun! Shake it for yet another selection of fonts. Read more or download from their site or from iTunes.

WhatTheFont? for iPhone
Last month I recommended this site as one of the easiest ways to identify fonts. Now you can shoot a picture with your iPhone, upload and identify on the spot. Okay, so the camera's resolution isn't high and you can't separate the letters for better recognition, but you still may score a font name on the fly which is a huge satisfaction.

Judy B, designer to the stars

Judy B

There's  more of my lettering  to be seen:
Issue 7             
February 2008 
Imogene book covers

Nothing like handlettering to enhance a
book jacket or two or three.

Lettering: Jill Bell
San Francisco Public Library's eminent lettering and book arts collections

San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit for any reason, but the extraordinary Das Blumencollections of both book and lettering arts in the public library downtown is sure to provide many rewarding hours for the lover of letters. That the two collections are so interrelated doubles the incentive to visit.

The Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering was started nearly 50 years ago. Harrison began the collection by giving the library the calligraphy work he had commissioned and collected. It continues to grow with the addition of other collections and with the acquisition of important pieces under the direction of the astute curator (and expert calligrapher) Susie Taylor. There is an informative article about the collection online, A Scribe's Treasure: Calligraphy in the San Francisco Public Library, written by John Prestianni, from which these examples were taken.

San Francisco has a long publishing history that extends back to Brett Hart, Mark Marie AngelTwain and Jack London, so it's not entirely surprising that an extensive library like the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the history of printing and development of the book is not only located here but includes almost every typeface, printer and publisher of note from the past five hundred years. The collection also encompasses the related arts of printing, papermaking and bookbinding, their history and techniques. There is a history and synopsis of the collection by Alastair Johnston on their site.

And there is easy access to the collections: you don't need to be a scholar or have a special status to view them. All you need to know about location, hours, and other visiting guidelines is online. Definitely worth seeing on your next trip to this wonderful city.

Illustrations: Das Blumen by Hermann Zapf, A Clump of Bushes by Marie Angel.
Type trivia
Stereotypes and clichés
Stereotype is a term that originates from printing: it was a solid plate of type cast from a mould taken from the surface of a forme of type (a page set of individual letters) which was then used for printing instead of the original type. The stereotype was invented by Firmin Didot because type wears out with numerous impressions and was expensive and difficult to replace, nevermind the effort of resetting it. Stereotype became a metaphor for a set of concepts repeated over and over without thinking or effort. Both cliché and stereotype were originally printers' terms and were actually synonymous. Cliché was derived from the sound that was made during the stereotyping process when the molten metal and the matrix (mould) came together.
A note from Jill

Thanks for your time and interest in letters! I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and love of them with you.

Check out my previous newsletters that are now archived online, in case you missed any of them and are interested.

Yours in letters,

Jill Bell Brandlettering
913 649.4505

Distinctive, one-of-a-kind lettering solutions
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