Michelle Clark Graphic Design

May 17, 2009, 12:32 pm
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Memoriam font

Memoriam font by Canada Type

I ran across this amazing font Memoriam on Design That Kills. It instantly gave me the feeling of Poster Bodoni, but with infinitely more flourishes. The font was created by Canada Type as a commission for an all-typographic cover by art director Nancy Harris Rouemy of the New York Times magazine. She won many awards for her typographic design sense. The famous font is available for retail, and at quite a low price. The highest you expect to pay is $20 for your choice of four different divisions of the Memoriam family.

This is truly an amazing font. As I mentioned it is such a large family it was divided into three subgroups for Postscript and True Type. There is also an OpenType version, Memoriam Pro, which combines all three families into one file, an also contains a few extras that aren’t available in the other sets. If you’re using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop above CS, Pro is the one you want. The family also covers an extensive range of Latin-based languages, including Western and Eastern European, Baltic, Turkish, Maltese, and Celtic/Welsh, which gives you over 365 characters in each of the Memoriam fonts. However, be aware that due to the extreme thinness of the hairlines, it is recommended to use Memoriam at large display sizes only.

Typographic Card Game

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I saw this post called Typographic Card Game on Aisle One and found it interesting. It’s a flash card game with different type families on each card and a typographical glossary. It also has information the evolution of type design, and explains each typeface’s history. I suppose these could be used like like flash cards by designers to help quickly identify fonts and get more familiar with type in general. It’s important for designers to know their fonts, or at least know which ones they used for a project when asked. Although I have to say flash cards for Math never worked for me.