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Free Fonts: Are they worth it or not?

Open Source Fonts


>> Fractions


The First Female Typographer

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Free Fonts: Are they worth it or not?

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by students and designers alike is, is it worth it to buy fonts when there are so many free fonts available? Having worked with dozens of typeface designers during my years as director of typeface development for International Typeface Corporation, I have a strong, somewhat emotional reaction to this. But truth be know, the answer is not a simple yes (or no). Read on...

Open Source Fonts


Open source fonts are more than just free fonts - they are part of a movement, or a philosophy if you will, that strives towards making quality fonts freely available for both personal and professional use. Some are totally freeware, while others are shareware, which means they are free to download and use, but with a small fee or donation requested (some on the honor system) if you like and use the font. Read on... 


Fractions can be a regularly occurring element in text. Fractions can be represented in several ways: spelled out, using decimals, by diagonal or slashed fractions, by stacked or nut fractions, or by horizontal fractions. Knowing which form to use and how to locate or create numerical fractions is key to creating the most visually pleasing typography. Check it out...

The First Female Typographer

In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes, were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities. Their options were very limited, and depressingly summed up by Sherrill Cohen, who wrote that medieval women faced just three options: 'marriage, monasticism, and prostitution.' Read on...

Anatomy of Type

While there are many available type glossaries and charts illustrating the anatomy of type (including my own), this one by Typography Deconstructed is particularly fresh and appealing. It is a useful tool (and a great refresher) for students, educators and professional designers alike. They offer a free downloadable poster, which is also available for purchase in letterpress or digital form. Check it out...

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The Type Studio offers Gourmet Typography Training, a customized series of workshops and seminars on all aspects of typography for graphic designers, type designers and visual communicators of all levels.


Gourmet Typography Training teaches and demonstrates the expert-level typographic skills and aesthetics that are rarely taught in schools or fully understood by professionals. Fill in the gaps in your typographic know-how and learn how to "see" type like you've never seen it before.


Training workshops are customized for groups of any size and designed to fit your specific needs. Sessions are scheduled for your convenience - daytime, evenings or weekends. We will design a program customized for your particular requirements.


These are some of the companies and groups that The Type Studio has worked with:


Time Inc. | Essence Magazine
Hachette | Grand Central Publishing
Fisher-PriceToll Brothers
Hagerty Insurance
SAS Analytics
Whole Foods
Harlequin Books
Integrated Marketing
GO Transit | Toronto
Nationwide Insurance
London Life
Alliance Atlantis
AIGA Boston
AIGA Philadelphia
AIGA Atlanta
AIGA Orlando
TDC (Type Directors Club)
RGD Ontario
HOW Design Conference
UCDA Conference

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Let us know if your group is interested. For more info, email or call me at 203.227.5929. Ilene

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