Five takeaways from Brand New Conference.

This year, like many of you, we were excited to be back at the Brand New conference in person for a 2-day meetup of some of the most influential voices in design and branding. Read on for 5 things we learned.

Creative Characters S2 E16: Craig Ward: From metal type to the digital unknown.

This week, host Charles Nix sits down with Craig to talk about his career, his myriad side projects and quirky pastimes, and how technology could revolutionize the way we use type and ensure the rights of ownership for designers.

Creative Characters S2 E15: Annie Atkins: building worlds in film through graphic props and typography.

Today we’re welcoming Annie Atkins, a creative in the film industry (just like our last guest, Holly Fraser). She’s known for her graphic props and set pieces for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs. Tune-in to learn about the magic of film.

Creative Characters S2 E14: Holly Fraser: Winning Oscars and attention with a purpose-driven brand.

Today we’re welcoming Holly Fraser, editor-in-chief at WePresent, WeTransfer’s digital arts platform that works with 1,000+ creatives from over 100 countries. Tune-in to learn what makes a hit film, how to stay inspired, and why the creative industries need more diversity.

Creative Characters S2 E13: Mindy Seu: Gathering 30 years of cyberfeminism.

Today we’re welcoming Mindy Seu, a New York-based designer, researcher, and an educator at Rutgers and Yale. Seu recently completed the Cyberfeminism Index, a book documenting more than 700 short entries of radical techno-critical activism. Tune in as Seu shares her story of getting involved in cyberfeminism and the process involved in publishing her book.

Creative Characters S2 E12: Jason Debiak: Let's start a design agency from scratch.

This week we’re welcoming Jason Debiak, friend of Creative Characters co-host, Carl, and co-founder of Paper Tiger, a family-owned design agency. Jason runs the agency alongside his brother, creating designs for user-friendly websites and mobile applications while having a Helvetica of a good time.

Creative Characters S2 E11: Ximena Amaya on the role of design in communication, architecture, and protest.

This week we’re speaking with Ximena Amaya, recent graduate of ArtCenter in Pasadena, California by way of Mexico City. Listen in as Kadley Gosselin, Senior Content Strategist at Monotype talks with Ximena about what led her to study design, her desire to use typography as a tool for protest and her exhibition work for emerging technologies as an intern at Pentagram.

Creative Characters S2 E10: Sarah Boris – On the power of defining yourself as a creative.

Today, we’re welcoming Sarah Boris, a London-based artist who runs her own creative studio. Creativity seems to be in her DNA. Tune in as Sarah talks about her experiences working in-house versus running an independent creative studio, the power of titles, and her interest in pop art.

Creative Characters S2 E9: Nathan Lance – How to build an (authentic) sustainable brand.

This week’s guest is passionate about designing for change. We’re welcoming Nathan Lance, creative director at Leap, a B Corp certified design agency in Truro, England. Nathan is here to spill the tea on eco-friendly design, sustainability, and brand transparency.

Monotype’s company desktop license empowers cloud access to brand fonts.

Long gone are the days of zipping up folders of font files and sharing them across your organization, or even messier, embedding fonts in documents in the cloud in hopes that the design remains intact. We recently announced an expanded set of licensing rights which allows all employees within an organization to access Commercial Production Fonts in their desktop environments. 

Need Type 1 Font Replacements? Monotype Fonts Is Here to Help.

Is your brand ready for the end of Type 1 or PostScript fonts? If you haven’t begun the process of replacing those fonts yet, it’s definitely time – Adobe is ending all support for these font formats by January 2023. Avoid disruption by taking action now!

How to Prepare for the End of Type 1 Fonts.

By the end of this year, you will no longer be able to create new content with Adobe’s Type 1 fonts (also known as PostScript, PS1, T1, and Adobe Type 1 fonts). Read our guide to see if you need to update your font library. 

4 Things You Need to Know About the End of Adobe’s Type 1 Font Support.

Adobe has announced that they’ll sunset support for authoring content with their Type 1 fonts (also known as PostScript, PS1, T1, and Adobe Type 1 fonts) by 2023. Read on for what you need to know.

In search of a sustainable NFT: Why we chose the Avalanche blockchain for our NFT projects.

It’s no secret that the environmental impact of minting, bidding, and selling NFTs is significant. Environmental considerations were at the top of our priority list as we began exploring this through our partnership with KnownUnknown and eventually led us to select Avalanche as our NFT platform. Read on to learn more.

Helvetica The NFT FAQ.

We recently partnered with KnownUnknown to create an NFT project featuring more than two dozen artists from around the world, working in mediums such as graphic design, branding, footwear design, and photography, all of whom are using Helvetica Now Variable to create unique, original art. Read on for more information about the project. 

Musings from the metaverse: early NFT lessons for the type industry. 

We recently attended NFT LA and Miami NFT Week, where we mingled with investors, designers, artists, and blockchain builders. Here were our key takeaways on the potential for this emerging community.

What are NFTs and how will they impact the type industry?

The concept of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, entered the mainstream in February 2021 and the buzz hasn’t stopped building since. As NFTs become more established, what potential do they hold for typography as both a business and an art form?

Nostalgia, the creator economy, and the road to Bel-Air.

Nostalgia has been a growing theme since the pandemic hit more than two years ago. In chaos, people crave comfort, familiarity, and experiences that remind them of simpler times. We’ve written previously about how nostalgia is reflected in the development and use of typography in branding. However, nostalgia is also having a moment across nearly all sectors of human life: in fashion, in consumer products, and yes, even in Hollywood.