David Březina is a type designer and typographer, writer and lecturer, director of Rosetta typefoundry, and the impresario of the TypeTalks conference. You may know him as a designer of the award-winning type family Skolar. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin.
Fonts on the web in Prague
On 25 February, I gave a talk about ‘Type on the web’ for the Czech Union of Graphic Design. The lecture took place in Prague Hub and was in Czech language. You can see the slides (in Czech) on my Speaker Deck already. Eventually, there will be a video of the lecture available.
A Smashing Approach to Typefaces
Smashing magazine published my article A Critical Approach to Typefaces. If you ever wondered how to get oriented in all the marketing noise around typefaces, this introduction to critical reading about design might help. Big thanks to Vaibhav for sorting out my English and to Ania for gorgeous illustrations.
Challenges in multi-script typography in Codex 2
The typographic journal Codex has been a remarkable success and now the second issue on impressive 180 pages is about to be published (you can preorder already). The journal is being published by John Boardley, the man behind I love typography web, and it has been editted by Paul Shaw, an experienced typographic writer and editor.
This issue is focussed on the work of Czech type designer Oldřich Menhart (read more about him on the Rosetta blog) and among quite a few of other designers I have contributed a little to the main part, just a few words on the principles he used in designing Czech accents. Moreover, Codex includes my article Challenges in multilingual type design about contemporary challenges faced by those designing typefaces for the world’s writing systems, namely Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, and Indic scripts. Big thanks to Vaibhav Singh who helped me with proper wording of some critical parts.
An interview in PAGE and profile in Novum
PAGE magazine 06/2012 published an article about Czech type scene. Part of that was a short interview with me about Czechness and looking Eastwards. At least that is what I remember I talked about.
The recent Novum issue 08/12 focused on typography has a spread about my work. I am honoured and also flattered since the profile was written by Peter Gyllan, Polish-Danish designer who together with Ulla Heegaard introduced me to the world of conscious and methodic graphic design* and type design in particular. That was during my exchange studies at DKDS (now The Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen.
*) You must understand that at that time during my studies in Czechistan the design teaching was pretty old-fashioned to put it nicely.