Font Geekery

I’ve been spending the better part of the last two weeks revising Erekos for its print release in September, and dealing with the vagaries of what font, leading, and kerning to use for a trade paperback edition. It’s fun, but also frustrating.

So in the midst of all my font work there, it was a delight to spend an hour on the phone with the artist who’s doing the cover for Natania Barron’s Pilgrim of the Sky (coming December 2011!), geeking out about fonts, font families, and decrying James Cameron’s use of Papyrus.

You know you’ve found your font soulmate when you go “Okay, so go on DaFont and look up this one font, it’s called Butterbrotpapier, and…” and your artist goes “OhmiGOD, I have that one, I love it, I use it all the time!” and you both sigh happily at the thought of semi-distressed old-fashioned typewriter faces.

Book design is fun.

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8 Responses to “Font Geekery”

  1. Mike Timonin May 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

     OOOO, I have downloaded that font now! Now, where can I use it?

  2. Candlemark & Gleam May 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    HAH, I find there is rarely a bad place to use butterbrotpapier!

  3. Mike Timonin May 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I doubt my dissertation committee would be impressed if I turned my work in typed in butterbrotpapier. Alas. 

  4. Jason May 20, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    I will second having always liked Butterbrotpapier. It’s got just enough character, without having too much, if you know what I mean.

  5. Candlemark & Gleam May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    But it’s appropriately historical!

  6. Candlemark & Gleam May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    That’s precisely why I like it. It has character, but it’s not over the
    top, and it’s delightfully legible.

  7. Mike Timonin May 21, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    It would lend a certain cachet, I suppose – I could pretend that I had typed the work on a WWII typewriter… 

  8. Jason May 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    This is a complement I will have to turn into an insult at some point in the future, you know. “How was the book?” “It was… erm… delightfully legible.”

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