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RELEASES | 23 MAY 2017

New release: Sanomat by Paul Barnes

Sanomat is a new serif display family designed by Paul Barnes. Both serious and elegant, with an inviting warmth, it was originally commissioned by Sami Valtere in 2013 for his acclaimed redesign of Helsingin Sanomat.
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EVENTS | 19 APRIL 2017

Paul Barnes speaking at the SND conference in Charlotte

Paul will be speaking at the Society for News Design’s 2017 conference, Unite + Rebel. Paul’s talk will focus on our work for newspapers, and how type can help a publication’s distinctive voice make the leap from print to screen. Greg will also be giving a very short presentation, and we'll have an all new newsprint specimen for attendees.
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Wed–Fri, 19–21 April 2017

Sheraton Charlotte

555 South McDowell St, S Tower

Charlotte, NC 28204

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RELEASES | 18 APRIL 2017

New release: Algebra Display by Susana Carvalho and Kai Bernau

Algebra Display was designed by Altelier Carvalho Bernau for the US edition of Esquire, adding a gracefully aggressive tone to large headlines and initials. Like its all-purpose sibling Algebra, Algebra Display was inspired by the construction and proportions of Grotesks. The family has a contemporary air of brutality, with terminals and serifs abruptly sheared off.
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RELEASES | 10 APRIL 2017

New release: Chiswick by Paul Barnes

Chiswick is a collection of eight interrelated families in three sets – serif, sans, and grotesque – inspired by the vernacular style of lettering found in the British Isles from the 18th century onward. With a common skeletal structure, they range from the warm beauty of Chiswick to the industrial Chiswick Grotesque.
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EVENTS | LECTURES | 21 MARCH 2017

Chiswick: A Vernacular Typeface
Lecture by Paul Barnes at Type@Cooper

As part of the Herb Lubalin Lecture Series for Type@Cooper in New York, Paul will speak in depth on the ideas, research, and process that went into the development of Chiswick.
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 6:30–8:30pm

Rose Auditorium

41 Cooper Square 

New York, NY 10003

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Free to the public with advance registration
EVENTS | APPEARANCES | 10 MARCH 2017

Type Over Time: A Celebration of 70 Years of the TDC

The New York Type Directors Club is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a day of lectures and discussions with such luminaries as Ed Benguiat, Louise Fili, and Erik Spiekermann. Our very own Greg Gazdowicz will be on a panel together with Elizabeth Carey Smith, Zipeng Zhu, and Jessica Svendsen, hosted by the famous Debbie Millman.
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Friday, 10 March 2017, 9am–7:30pm

School of Visual Arts Theatre

333 West 23rd Street

New York, NY

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RELEASES | 29 NOVEMBER 2016

New release: Styrene by Berton Hasebe

Styrene, a new sans serif by Berton Hasebe, is his latest exploration of proportion and simplicity in type design. The family's two widths offer different textures: version A is dogmatically geometric, with a strong personality, while version B is narrow though not truly condensed.
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EVENTS | TOUR, LECTURES | 7 NOVEMBER 2016

Miguel Reyes on tour in South America

Miguel will be in tour in South America in November, giving workshops and lectures in Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. He will also speak at the Biennial de Tipos Latinos in Santiago de Chile. More details inside.
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Mon–Wed, 7–23 November 2016

7 Nov: Cali, Colombia (Workshop)

9 Nov: Bogotá, Colombia (Lecture)

10 Nov: Lima, Peru (Lecture)

15–18 Nov: Santiago, Chile (Biennial de Tipos Latinos)

23 Nov: Mar del Plata, Argentina (Lecture)

25 Nov: Buenos Aires, Argentina (Lecture)

EVENTS | LECTURES | 7 NOVEMBER 2016

Christian Schwartz speaking in Seoul

Christian will be speaking at an evening of lectures and a roundtable discussion in Seoul, together with type designers Noël Leu from Grilli Type and Yongje Lee from Hiut Type School.
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Monday, 7 November 2016, 7:20–10:00pm

DMC 첨단산업센터

330 Seongam-ro, Mapo-gu

Seoul, South Korea

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Tickets W30,000 for general public, W15,000 for students, W10,000 for Hiut Type School students
EVENTS | LECTURES | 25 OCTOBER 2016

Talk at Paperless Post

Greg Gazdowicz, Miguel Reyes, and Christian Schwartz will be speaking as part of the series of design talks at Paperless Post.
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 6pm

Paperless Post

115 Broadway, 11th Floor

New York, NY

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Admission free, but RSVP is mandatory.
EVENTS | CONFERENCES | 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Miguel Reyes speaking at Tipografía México

Miguel will be giving a lecture entitiled “Tipografía para Revistas Contemporáneas” (Type design for contemporary publications) on the first day of Tipografía México, a 2-day conference at CENTRO in Mexico City.
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30 September–1 October 2016, 9am–9pm

CENTRO, DISEÑO, CINE, Y TELEVISIÓN

Av Constituyentes 455, América

11820 Ciudad de México, D.F.

Mexico

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$800.00 MXN for students, $1,000.00 MXN for professionals
EVENTS | 28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Brush lettering workshop with Miguel Reyes in Mexico City

Miguel will be teaching a workshop on supermarket-style and casual brush lettering at the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico City. 
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10am–7pm

Centro Cultura de España

República de Guatemala 18, Centro,

06010 Ciudad de México, D.F.

México

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RELEASES | 13 SEPTEMBER 2016

New release: Robinson by Greg Gazdowicz

Robinson is the first release by Commercial Type designer Greg Gazdowicz. Inspired by calligraphic sans serifs from the first half of the 20th century, Gazdowicz aimed to make a contemporary sans that used the hallmarks of broad-nib construction to add visual interest without being explicitly calligraphic. The result is a crisp, refreshing sans with a lively personality.
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WEB | 6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Minisite for Action Condensed

Earlier this year we released Erik van Blokland’s Action Condensed. 8 months later, we’re surprised to see that it is primarily being used in print so far. To help get inspiration flowing, we asked our friends at Project Projects to create an interface showing Action Condensed doing what it does best. See the result at action.commercialtype.com
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PRESS | 25 AUGUST 2016

Interview with type.today

Ilya Ruderman of type.today did an extensive interview with Christian about contemporary ideas in type design, how to relate to type history, and so-called celebrity status. Link inside,
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TOUR, LECTURES | 29 JUNE 2016

Watch our tour date from New York

The New York date of our tour last fall was recorded and has been posted online. The talk was originally presented by AIGA/NY on 30 September 2015 at the Parsons auditorium. Many thanks to them for making the video available. Link inside.
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RELEASES | 15 JUNE 2016

New release: Le Jeune by Paul Barnes & Christian Schwartz

Le Jeune, originally designed by Commercial Type partners Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz for Vanity Fair in 2013, is a modern adapation of the French Modern idiom. Named for the Parisian typefounder and punchcutter Joseph Mole Le Jeune, Le Jeune blends the precision of French neo-classical types with a contemporary x-height and ball terminal shapes from the Anglo-American tradition.
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APPEARANCES, POSTER | 8 JUNE 2016

Advertising in the New York City subway

We're running ads in three subway stations on the L train in Brooklyn for the month of June: Lorimer Street, Graham Avenue, and Grand Street. The ads were designed by Project Projects and the colors are even brighter in person.
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RELEASES | 31 MAY 2016

New release: Austin News by Paul Barnes

Austin News is a collection of four closely related typefaces for headlines and text in both print and screen use. Adapted from the successful Austin families, originally designed for magazines, Austin News has compact ascenders and descenders for tight leading: classic news proportions.
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PUBLICATIONS, CUSTOM TYPEFACES, MAGAZINES | 25 MAY 2016

A new sans for The Atlantic

Creative director Darhil Crooks has commissioned a new display sans for The Atlantic. Drawn by Christian Schwartz, this typeface helps to give a new personality to the feature well.
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