Typo 2007

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Coles / Peters

Stephen Coles is a writer and designer living in San Francisco. His obsession with typography was born in an effort to improve the readability of a daily newspaper. This soon led to a constant critique (or at least identification) of the type on every printed surface. His esoteric skills are put to good use in his job at FontShop.com. When he's not waxing poetic about new font releases, Stephen is editor of the online journal Typographica where he filters the surprisingly active world of type down to a few tasty lines and links.

Yves Peters is a [typo]graphic designer, writer about type, rock drummer and father of three. After a three-year stint as type expert/technical advisor at the Belgian FontShop franchise, he was hired by communication agency Making Magazines, now Magelaan. Yves joined the Typophile community in 2002, where he currently is head moderator of the Type Identification Board. Besides reviewing typefaces for David John Earls’ Typographer.org, Yves edits Unzipped – his blog for FontShop Benelux – and makes occasional contributions to Typographica and The FontFeed. Together with Stephen Coles, he is responsible for cross-referencing the current edition of FontBook. His talent for being able to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.


Speaker: Stephen Coles & Yves Peters

For as long as type has existed, successful designs have been copied by competing foundries. More recently, the grunge boom in the nineties saw the birth of a new, punk-influenced design aesthetic. Aspiring type designers with no formal training adopted the DIY attitude, disassembling the outlines of existing typefaces and reconstructing them into bastard hybrids. This approach is similar to sampling in hip hop, where rhythm tracks are assembled by rearranging snippets of existing songs. But whereas the music business provides a legal framework for sampling, the type industry is apparently clueless on how to deal with this phenomenon.