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Cover — The typeface we used for the book is Times Lt Std, a Times version with medieval numbers. We have been asked why the hell Times and why for gods sake in red. No, not just to offend the type design world. As well because it was a way for us to seperate our design from the design of the foundries. Using a font that most people have on their computers, that they are seeing every day, that does not surprise them anymore, helped to make our design "invisible".

The rapidly expanding online market for digital typefaces is exciting and diverse. With new fonts and type foundries launching on an almost daily basis, it has been difficult to keep track of notable developments. Type Navigator wants to be an useful current handbook of modern fonts, independent foundries, and innovative type designers that provides an overview of today’s vast market. This comprehensive publication offers an overview of international sources for quality fonts. In addition to concise profiles of type foundries and recent typefaces, Type Navigator features inspirational visual examples of fonts in use. A free digital collection of 100 typeface variations from 20 choice foundries accompanies the 320-page book.

Client: Gestalten Verlag
Year: 2011

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Most of the books about typography and type design have, obviously, type on the cover. We wanted to add another layer and show the typefaces when used on products, their natural environment. Inspired by 70ties product photography, we shot each of the objects and later composed them in photoshop. Photography: Seber Ugarte.
On page two you will find a diagram, explaining which typefaces we used on the cover. All of them are presented in detail inside of the book.
Each type foundry is introduced on one spread. The foundries appear in alphabetical order. The big "B" stands for the first letter in the name of the foundry. Beneath the big red box you will find the founders names, the city they are based in and the year of foundation. On the right side there are some basic informations that should give an idea of the kind of foundry, as well as biographies of the founders and staff.
Below a short description of the type foundry’s philosophy. On the right there is the selection of typefaces presented on the next pages. We were asked why we chose that typefaces. No, we did not choose them, it has been most of the times the foundry that made that selection.
The right page of each type foundry’s starter spread is reserved for images, showing the presented typefaces in use.
This is how we display typefaces for text. A big uppercase "A" and a lowercase "a" to indicate a new family and show at least one letter in detail, underneath the alphabeth, on the right all available fonts of the typeface.
Underneath the presentation of the family are some text examples in different sizes.
Display-typefaces do not have text examples but type specimens, which takes the character of each typeface into consideration. On the right, all available fonts of the typeface are shown.
… and so much about the fix structure of the book. The rest are exceptions. As typefaces that can be layered to add a filling, …
…leaves, …
… or frames.
The index lists more type foundries we considered worth mentioning, …
… and some of their typefaces on the side.
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