A few sights from Leipzig
30 September, 2008

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Spy Photos from Linotype’s Vault
12 September, 2008

Linotype has a large underground vault to safely archive, hold, hide, protect, and get out-of-the-way substancial collections of old stuff. Here you can see a special peek inside to get a rare glimpse of the contents. There are old matricies, books, and original drawings among the stacks. As you can see, not all non-Latin materials are actually in Reading as proven by these Amharic drawings. There were several other original artifacts including Devanagari films. The comic is from Linotype’s interesting “fonts over the phone line” sales campaign (comics in numerous languages). Some other items not pictured are old servers, thousands of friskets for photo-typesetting, correspondences from old type projects (such as the development of Helvetica), troves of financial documents, and other misc old things.

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Typo Berlin 2008
1 June, 2008

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German Candy Packaging
14 April, 2008

It is no secret that I have a sweet tooth (and many cavities to prove it), but I am especially weak in certain cases. These treats were bought mostly out of interest for the lettering, more than being hungry. However. all were tasty. Germany has some interesting packaging that is frequently significantly different than that back in the US. Check out larger images on the next page.

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Typotechnica 2007
5 November, 2007

Typotechnica was a two day conference hosted by Linotype for the fourth time. Held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, it was conveniently close to the Linotype headquarters in Bad Homburg on April 27-29th. The conference was fairly small (maybe 100-200 people), but had a good atmosphere and was the perfect mix of topics for me as a Reading student just starting out with type design. It was neither too technical nor too basic. I walked away from the even inspired and excited. (It was also here that I met Otmar Hoefer and was offered the opportunity to work at Linotype after my graduation!)

Tom Phinney from Adobe has written an extensive review of the conference, including notes and key points from many talks.

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