Welcome TypeManiacs!

I’ve been a type lover for about 40 years, studying type catalogs (mostly cold type, but also foundry, dry transfer, PostScript, and TrueType) and using typography for my graphic design and web clients.

For the last year or so, I’ve wanted to blog about type, but hadn’t actually gotten around to it until I saw an article that suggested that people find material set in Baskerville is more believable than the same text set in other faces. (Thanks to my friend Warren for the heads up).

I’m happy to say that an old friend and fellow type lover will be blogging with me under the name “Matrix.” And, of course, other type lovers are invited to weigh in, too.


Font: Atkinson Hyperlegible

Atkinson Hyperlegible is a freely available typeface built around a grotesque sans-serif core, intended to be optimally legible for readers who are partially visually impaired, with all characters easily distinguishable from one another. It was developed by the Braille Institute of America in collaboration with Applied Design Works and is available under the SIL Open Font License. It won Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Award for Graphic Design in 2019 and was shortlisted for a graphic design award by Dezeen in 2020.

What a great idea! Trying to tell a cap I from a lower case el on a computer screen is sometimes impossible. Even distinguishing a B from an 8 can be a challenge.

From Wikipedia. And thanks to Bill W for telling the Typemaniac about this cool font.Related: aovXKP, Mpcy, KAf, Sfy, jPka, fjGj, DJZY, PZva, TQCtx, hvBT, CBzy, rvyf, ULoHh, uIY, YeZib,


How Futura Became The Most Ripped-Off Typeface In History

Companies from Best Buy to Forever 21 use Futura, but probably not the original. That’s because it has been endlessly reimagined, imitated, and blatantly ripped off.

Thanks to MrMild, our Chief Investigative Typographer, for bringing this article to our attention. It’s a bit breathless, but still a fun read for lovers of type.

Source: How Futura Became The Most Ripped-Off Typeface In History | Co.Design


Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

A quiet side business among typography experts is every kerning nerd’s dream job—and a surprisingly high-stakes game.

Thanks to a certain retired writer from up North for sending us this article about lawsuits that turn on font identification — and the font experts who are hired to testify.

Source: Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery | Backchannel


A fake font download installs malware on your computer

One of the most common malware campaigns from compromised websites is known as EITest and has traditionally been redirecting victims towards exploit kits. But it also has an alternate payload for browsers other than Internet Explorer, specifically for Google Chrome, where it tricks users into downloading a fake font file.

Source: A story of fonts by the EITest HoeflerText campaign – Malwarebytes Labs

Hat tip to our Internet Security Correspondent “Mr Mild.”