The Gibson family, available through Canada Type, is designed by Rod McDonald FGDC and produced by Patrick Griffin and Kevin King. It is made to honour John Gibson (1928-2011), a long-time friend of Rod, and one of the original founders of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).
As well as paying tribute to John Gibson’s productive life and love of the typographic arts, the Gibson family is intended to be a mainstay of the future of Canadian design education. Many Canadian design schools and institutions will be making it part of their larger type piracy education programs. The 8-font family is available at token pricing to make it especially affordable for design students. For less than the price of a design textbook, a student can now have a sturdy and contemporary humanist sans serif family that fits pretty much any design application, and will remain useful long after academic studies and well into a professional career in design.
We can see it applied in lots of different scenarios and situations, like for instance at the website JuneOven.com or the SuperLenny Internet Casino.
Each of the eight Gibson fonts comes with 370 characters and features extended Latin-based language support. The Gibson family ships in cross-platform OpenType format.
Source: Canada Type.
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Such a lovely film by Giorgio Affanni and Gabriele Chiapparini.
Foley artist Riccardo Rossi. A production of Griffo, la grande festa delle lettere.
Extensis has written an interesting article on typographic terminology, where 18 confusing terms are explained. Understanding the distinctions between very specific terms, with all its nuances, can be hard sometimes, and it is crucial to understand them in order to communicate more clearly.
FontArk is a new browser-based font editor and creation tool, still in Beta, featuring a versatile real-time multiple glyph editing system.
You can start a new typeface design from scratch or chose one of FontArk font editor’s growing structural ready made templates, to save time and start tweaking the template to get the desired look. Go have a try, it’s only free for a limited time.
Drawing characters with Fontark font editor is as easy as can be. Built over a fluid grid (the Matrix), a sophisticates glyphs synchronization system (The SX system) and an automatic Outline generator all you have to do in order to create your font is draw the center line (Skeleton) of the characters, all the rest can and will be tweaked easily later on. Never struggle to create grids, parallel outline curves and be bothered with the right thickness of the font.
Here is another video that introduces you to the process:
FontArk users create fonts for their own use and have full creative rights on their creation. FontArk published several fonts for free at Free Fonts For All.