The Secret History of Fonts You May Not Know Before

Description

Do you know that the world-famous Helvetica was based on a late 19th century typeface model? That Arial is Helvetica’s bastard child, commissioned to avoid paying licensing fees? That John Baskerville, whose typeface our founding father, Benjamin Franklin adores, kept a lifelong mistress? That the designer of Gill Sans has a life of wild debauchery? That Times New Roman, now considered boring, was born out of a desire to typographically be more advanced? And that The Times newspaper doesn’t use Times New Roman anymore, notwithstanding the name?

Join me as I take you through the interesting minutiae behind fonts we love, fonts we love to hate, and the man and woman who stood behind their design.

Bram Pitoyo

Website http://linkenfuego.wordpress.com/
Biography

I’m an independent brand developer, typography/readability consultant and social media strategist who wants to meet every single person on the Portland Twitter, creative and technology community and hear his/her story.

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