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Good news: FF Real Superfamily released

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This must be the best news today: The release of the FF Real Superfamily by FontFont. FF Real began as the voice of Erik Spiekermann’s biography Hello, I am Erik, (reviewed in SNDS Magazine 4, 2014, p. 28-29) as his personal and efficiently beautiful revival of Helvetica – or as FontShop phrases it the design is “based closely on the original static grotesques of the turn of the twentieth century”.

For SNDS Magazine, we introduced Real Text with the redesign of the magazine, in combination with Museo, but we’re delighted that Real is now available as both FF Real Text and FF Real Head – thirteen weights each.

The FF Real Super Family was designed by Erik Spiekermann and Ralph Olivier du Carrois and published by FontFont.The sample above shows the FF Real Head weights.

Kvindestemmer 2015: Lørdag 11. april

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For sjette år i træk har jeg haft fornøjelsen af at designe invitationen til “Kvindestemmer” – den traditionsrige festlige lørdag eftermiddag, hvor forfattere og musikere vil fortælle om deres arbejder og læse op deres bøger samt spille noget af deres egen musik. Alle kvinder, forstås.

I år er formatet ændret fra de foregående fem års A5 til et kvadratformat, der viser samtlige optrædende på forsiden, samt arrangementets titel sat i min helt egen skrifttype, TolleOne.

Lisbeth er igen konferencier, og på programmet er en stjernerække af kunstnere: Pia Tafdrup, Signe Svendsen, Lise Seier Petersen, Jette Drewsen, Pia Boda & Marie Wärme Duo samt Eva Tind. Arrangører er Folkevirke, Dansk Blindesamfunds Kvinder, Kvinder i  usik og Kvindelige Kunstneres Samfund. Stedet er Jazzhouse, Niels Hemmingsensgade i København, tidspunktet 11. april kl. 11.30 til 16.00.

Se hele programmet herunder eller på www.folkevirke.dk

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Can a font save the planet?

From SNDS Magazine no. 2, 2014

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“The last printing revolution changed our world. This one could help save it.”

Ambitions are high for British stationary brand Ryman and ad agency Grey London, who recently released a new font, Ryman Eco.

Ryman claims that its new font, which is available for free download, uses a third less ink and toner than standard fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, and Verdana. The company believes that if everyone used the new font, it would save over 490 million ink cartridges and could help lower CO2 emissions by over 6.5 million tons.

The font was designed using thin lines rather than solid shapes, which reduces the amount of printer toner used to form a letter on the printed document. Ryman Eco was designed to be suitable for use in any context, at any size, and this is perhaps the biggest challenge to its success. The idea is that in small sizes, you may not even notice the white lines in the characters, but in larger sizes its decorative appearance may mean some organisations may not want to use it in their publications. Furthermore, companies or organisations with a distinct design policy are not likely to use this font anywhere at all as part of their typographic setup.

Ryman Eco is not the first example of a sustainable font. In 2008, Dutch company SPRANQ released its Eco Font type family, which uses holes in letters to reduce ink waste. But “Ryman Eco is both more efficient […] and more aesthetically pleasing than its rivals,” says the font’s designer Dan Rhatigan and Grey ECD Nils Leonard, in an interview with Creative Review.
However, being aesthetically pleasing – or, as Ryman boasts, “The world’s most beautiful sustainable font” – does not make it suitable for everything. As some commentators note, perhaps Ryman Eco is just an advertising gimmick in order to sell more printer toner – a main product at Ryman’s. 

Download Ryman Eco for free at rymaneco.co.uk

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Taking the idea of saving toner one step further, the company behind Ecofont Vera Sans has developed software that will put holes in commonly used typefaces such as Verdana and Arial on your computer.

Download Ecofont Vera Sans for free at ecofont.com