Huntington’s American Penman

A gem at the Henry N. Flynt Library in Historic Deerfield, just a short walk from my house.

Cover

Cover

Title page

Title page

Lessons

Lessons

Script

A representative page

Alphabets

Minding those P’s and Q’s

This week in Fit

Fit in Communication Arts

Fit’s amazing stacking abilities

Part of Type Network’s new Inside the Fonts series, this article by Yves Peters dives deep into the magic numbers that make Fit look super-good with super-tight linespacing. It even includes a chart of recommended line-height settings for each of Fit’s basic styles!

Communication Arts

The popular visual design magazine Communication Arts featured a gallery of Fit specimens on their website.

Slanted Magazine

The great Slanted Magazine posted a nice piece on their blog, in German and English. It even includes images of two of my personal favorite aspects of Fit, its Vietnamese and Russian!

Many thanks to the folks who were behind these posts! I am very grateful for their work, and to everyone who is helping to get the word out about Fit.

Fit Presentation Images

Fit aspect ratios

One of the reasons I released my typeface Fit is because I thought it would be a good demonstration of the new OpenType variable font format. In order to help explain the concept, I’ve made some images that you can use in presentations or lectures to demonstrate Fit’s capabilities, and by extension, one of the many ways that variable fonts can change the way we set type.

Feel free to download these images and use them in your talks (with credit or a link to djr.com/fit, please). And in the spirit of the design, I made versions that fit the dimensions of both 1024×768 and 1280×720 projectors!

Text fitting demo

Fit is designed to fit PNG 1024×768 PNG 1280×720

A waterfall of widths

A Gradient PNG 1024×768 PNG 1280×720

Word length comparison

Languages PNG 1024×768 PNG 1280×720

Adapting to word length (animation)

Variable! GIF 1024×768 GIF 1280×720

Draggable text at djr.com/fit (animation)

Fit Drag Movie GIF MOV

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Dithr!

My friend and frequent collaborator Chris Lewis just released a free iOS app Dithr. It dithers photos and video with fun pixilated patterns and retro color palettes, recalling the computer games of my youth!

I find myself taking pictures and videos of mundane, everyday objects (radio towers, ceiling fans, and even plain white walls), just to see what wild colors and pixely gradients I can get the app to produce.

Here are some photos I’ve taken with the app. I encourage you to give it a download at dithr.io, and you’ll even catch a sneak peek of my typeface Output!

Self-portrait Mug Bridge

Limited time offer!

Fit is designed to fit just about any text into just about any space

I’ll be the first to admit that my new typeface Fit is pretty unusual, so I’d love to see you pair it with some of my more, ahem, utilitarian designs.

So if you were looking for an excuse to license Gimlet, Forma DJR, or any of my other multipurpose typefaces, I’m offering $50 off when you order Fit alongside any order of $150 or more. That means a mini license of Fit is essentially free!

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NEW: Fit

Fit is designed to fit just about any text into just about any space

My first release of 2017 is a hyper-stylized series of caps designed with one thing in mind: filling up space with maximum impact. With an expansive range of widths, Fit will take just about any text and fit it into just about any space.

Fit comes as a 10-width family, a brand-spankin-new OpenType Variable font, and 1001 fine-grained instances for precision fitting.

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Jen Simmons on CSS Writing Modes

Jen Simmons wrote the most thorough overview of CSS Writing Modes that I have yet to see. This is one of the techniques (and certainly the most forward-looking technique) that I used to display vertical text in Bungee. It’s one thing that I’d love to see more use and support for in 2017.

Bungee makes an appearance in today’s Google Doodle

Walter Cronkite google doodle

If you’re in the U.S. and want to see my typeface Bungee in action, look no further than today’s Google Doodle at google.com, celebrating Walter Cronkite!

You can read more about it in the Google Doodles archive.