27 April, 2009
Join us on Twitter
More than a thousand people have tuned in to our 140-character quips on Twitter. Won't you join us? —JH
3 March, 2009
Tobias Frere-Jones: An Exhibit at the Royal Academy of Art
Tobias is the fourth and current holder of the Gerrit Noordzij Prize, which was presented to him in 2006. Every few years, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague celebrates an individual for his "unique contributions to type design, typography, and type education," qualities which honor both the recipient and the prize's namesake: Gerrit Noordzij, as an instructor, a designer, and a type designer, has influenced generations of typographers, and has been singularly instrumental in establishing typography as a realm for disciplined, critical thinking.
This Friday, the prize passes to the next recipient, an occasion marked by two festivities: Wim Crouwel will receive the 2009 prize, and the Royal Academy will open an exhibit of Tobias's work. If it's any indication of the scope of the show's contents, let me just say that even I was surprised by some of the things Tobias pulled from the files; it is an exhibit not to be missed.
The exhibit opens this Friday, March 6, and runs through Saturday, March 28, in the KABK Galerie. —JH
28 October, 2008
Find us on Facebook
Yesterday, our 1,000th Facebook friend became a fan of H&FJ. Won’t you join us?
Fellow typographers have joined us on Facebook to start conversations, share links of interest, and post photographs of things made with H&FJ fonts. (Now showing: group member Rick Griffith’s typographic stencils made from Gotham, in which the scale isn’t immediately apparent; “it’s about eight feet long,” says Rick casually...) Bring your favorite work featuring H&FJ fonts and share it with the class. —JH
20 November, 2007
Helvetica for the Holidays
Christmas is about more than just eggnog and carols and sitting by the tree. It's about having to explain to your family yet again what exactly it is that you do for a living, and suffering through comparisons with your cousin who's "also into computers."
If there's anything that mom and dad truly need this holiday season, it's to be tied to the andirons and belabored about the head with a copy of Jan Tschichold's collected essays in the original German (still available in hardcover.) But in the spirit of giving, as well as various local ordinances, get them instead a copy of Gary Hustwit's Helvetica on DVD, which goes on sale today. It's smart, engaging, witty, and a great introduction to graphic design for the non-designers who spawned you. It also affords ample opportunity to use the phrase "that's Hoefler & Frere-Jones: I buy fonts from those guys all the time," which mom and dad might remember come next year. —JH