Hamilton Wood Type Mfg. Co. was founded in 1880 and manufactured printer’s type and print shop furniture well in to the latter half of the 20th century. The Hamilton brand has been bought and sold through the years, and is currently owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Thank you, Trent (@TrentWalton). This sort of sentiment means a lot to type designers.
The more I work with web fonts, the more I learn about how difficult it is to make great ones. Time spent on letterforms, tracking, kerning pairs, and rendering makes or breaks a font. If quality takes time it also takes money, and I am personally happy to pay a fair price for such an invaluable resource.
Every time we obtain a font without a license, or perhaps even gripe about a fair price, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. If we want great web fonts, we must support their creation. When web type designers succeed, so do we.
Seeing a few of them next to each other, you can’t help but see a trend running through these kinds of typefaces; most are monoline, often monospace, with strokes crossing strokes all over the place. Kudos to the curator for including Paul Renner’s original designs for Futura in the mix for context.
I admit, I bought a Keep Calm and Carry On poster when they started to get popular. Not content to buy from just anywhere (often they get the lettering wrong, replacing it with Gill or even Avenir or Gotham) I bought mine from this charming book store. This video really made me want to go there in person though. So charming! (via @kottke)
So, on Friday I was asked by Brockett Horne and Ellen Lupton—respectively of the undergrad and graduate graphic design departments at MICA—to give a talk to professors and graduate students about how to teach students to design good web typography.
As I was creating the presentation, I realized that I was mentioning a lot of sites, so I created a page that contained all those links. Eventually it struck me that these links might not be only useful to those who attended my talk, but also the general population of the internet.