Typography Portraits
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Typography Portraits

I’m sure most of us heard of these memorable saying that goes like “A good sketch is better than a long speech” or “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Sometimes, even the most complicated issue and matter can be simplified and expressed over a single image. That’s just how incredible images are; but today I want to show you something different, a hybrid of both.

Here’s a showcase.

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Type.co.uk

type.co.uk is the online arm of Fontworks UK Ltd, part of the Creative Publishing Solutions (CPS) Group who own the Fontshop brand in the UK. With an online presence since 1994 we represent over 100 foundries worldwide, offering a huge range from industry favourites (Adobe, Linotype, Monotype, Berthold, ITC, Bitstream), leading independents (Emigre, Font Bureau, T-26) and cutting edge collections such as Virus, Alias, ACMEFONTS, ShinnType, G-Type, and Device.

We are a leading provider of custom fonts and type design services to the corporate, advertising and design sectors. The company has evolved into a multi-disciplined ‘Type Consultancy’ advising on font licensing and legality, plus many technical and Corporate Identity issues. Contact us today for assistance with your project.

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MyFonts

MyFonts is a division of Bitstream Inc., located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. Our mission is to make it simple for everyone to find and buy fonts. In pursuit of this mission, MyFonts has pioneered new ways to search for fonts when you don’t have an exact font in mind, including:

More Fonts Like This, to find related fonts using a particular font as a starting point

WhatTheFont™, for instant automated identification of the font used in a photograph or scan
WhatTheFont™ forum, to enlist help from font experts for hard-to-match font samples
User-provided tags, harnessing the power of thousands of users to help each other categorize fontsThe concept of MyFonts was born in 1999 when Charles Ying, Bitstream’s Chairman of the Board, wanted to find a font for a particular project. He was horrified to discover that the only way to find fonts on the web was to know the name of the font you were looking for, or browse a flat alphabetical list.

“Why can’t I just search for ‘wedding fonts’?” he asked. “This should be as easy as shopping for shoes! I should be able to point at a font in a magazine and say, ‘Show me fonts like this.’”

Charles reasoned that making it hard to find and buy fonts for the average computer user meant turning away 99.9% of the potential market for fonts. On the other side of the coin, he called for an open marketplace, where fonts from many vendors could compete side-by-side, instead of the more typical single-company walled gardens of the 1980s and ’90s.

Charles personally hired the initial team (most of whom still work for the company today) and commissioned a site design from (now defunct) Calgary-based Fusion Media Group. A year later, MyFonts flipped the e-commerce switch and began selling the Bitstream library on March 20, 2000 through the MyFonts.com website. Now, after over ten years, we are proud to offer 62,000 fonts from more than 600 foundries.

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Monotype Imaging

Monotype Imaging’s roots date back to the nineteenth century. Since then, many of the world’s most popular typefaces, such as Times New Roman, Gill Sans, and Arial have been designed in the Monotype Studio. Today the extensive typeface collection includes the Monotype Classic Library, and the ITC Typeface Library.

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Linotype

The day Ottmar Mergenthaler demonstrated the first linecasting machine to the New York Tribune in 1886, Whitelaw Reid, the editor-in-chief, was delighted: “Ottmar,” he said, “you’ve cast a line of type!”

The editor’s words formed the basis for the company label, and marked the beginning of Linotype’s success story. Four years later, the ingenious inventor founded the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Little did he know that after more than 100 years of successful business the Linotype, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, would be following in his footsteps.

Today, Linotype has one of the world’s largest font libraries, offering more than 6,000 high-quality typefaces including the popular classics Frutiger, Optima, Helvetica, Unvers, and Palatino.

Linotype’s goal is to be a partner for designers and typographers, and to support a global transfer of know-how and an open exchange of ideas and information in the field of typography. The ambitious and qualified staff at Linotype are dedicated to meeting this objective and making it reality.

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