Typ09 Mexico City

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David  Berlow

President The Font Bureau, Inc. | USA

David Berlow entered the type industry in 1978 as a letter designer for the respected Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel, and Haas typefoundries. He joined the newly formed digital type supplier, Bitstream, Inc. in 1982. After Berlow left Bitstream in 1989, he founded The Font Bureau, Inc. with Roger Black. Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs for The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Hewlett Packard and others, with OEM work for Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. The Font Bureau Retail Library consists mostly of original designs and now includes over 500 typefaces. Berlow is a member of the New York Type Directors Club and the Association Typographique International, and remains active in typeface design!

Presentation details

The heart of my letter, (and the online version).

Session 3 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 10:10 – 10:50

Duration: 40 minutes

Ten years ago, while Font Bureau was building its Readability Series of typefaces, I took on the lowliest of the development and drew one set of type styles that was targeted for very specific use, the most specific I'd ever designed. So, I made up my mind to try something that I'd wanted to design in a type used more generally, but was afraid user's would notice. I did what I wanted to the type, it went to thousands of designers, tens of thousands of composers, millions of users and through billions of reads, and nobody noticed, (which in type design, means it worked). I forgot about it myself, until it came time to gear up for web fonts.

Web Fonts Are Coming, Web Fonts Are Here

Session NA | Room Anahuac room 1
Thursday 29 October | 10:00 – 10:40

Duration: 40 minutes

This year we are seeing real progress on the design issues and technology to download fonts on the web. A quick review of the first non-system commercial fonts on big web sites---the technical hurdles, and the big issues of getting the right fonts to the screen.

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