THE NEXT BIG THING
—IN FONTS

We’ve been hearing a lot about variable fonts, or Variations, where many styles are combined into one font file. The big tech companies are implementing it—Google, Adobe, Microsoft and Apple. And there are of course Variations deniers, pushing back on the change. But it’s time for graphic designers to  think what it can do.

THE TREASURE OF ST. BRIDE—PART II

Treasure, indeed. With the help of type designer Paul Barnes, we gained access to hidden gems in the basement of St. Bride Library. Here are sharp photographs of some of the most important punches and matrices at the time of the Industrial Revolution. They were saved from extinction by long-time Librarian, James Mosely. Take a look at the business-end of the first slabs and sans serif typefaces.