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8 Jan

Andy Mangold released a daring numeral set entitled Pompadour on his website in November last year. The typeface struck me as an exciting example of creative and thoughtful design. It was well-received and has been covered in Smashing magazine, Designers go to Heaven and I Love Typography (one of my favourite blogs).

A number of people asked for a TrueType or OpenType version of this creation as Mangold only released an .eps file. Due to the wonders of the Creative Commons License, here are those versions. I have also added a full stop (period) for writing numbers with a decimal component.


Pompadour (TrueType, 7.6 KB)

Pompadour (OpenType, 12.9 KB)

Pompadour (Encapsulated PostScript, 1204.7 KB)

Creative Commons License

Full stop added to an original work by Andy Mangold. Pompadour Numeral Set by Andy Mangold is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

When you preview the font in a desktop publishing or image manipulation program that depicts typefaces with the name of each typeface set in itself, the name of Pompadour will appear to be nine dots. This is because each upper- and lower-case letter is a full stop, as not to commit the crime of including letters in a numeral set.


A Letter

8 Jan

It has been a long time indeed since I wrote a letter.

From time to time, I receive mail. Typically, it consists of bank statements, advertising, or propaganda from the Church of Scientology, who have sent me fortnightly correspondence upon attaining my address. Sometimes, if I am lucky, I receive a card.

I was fortunate enough to receive a thoughtful letter a few weeks ago. It was not composed by a computer program, nor laden with effulgent images imploring me to buy something. It was two pages long. My subsequent reply was set in 12-point Hoefler Text and the address in American Typewriter.

I stuck on a pre-Euro Dutch stamp because it was far more aesthetically appealing than the floral garbage Australia Post sells. That meant I would need to deliver it myself, but it was worth it.

The use of a seal made it all the more authentic (although I did burn the first letter with which I tried this).

A letter published in Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald: “What’s Australia Post?”