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“Digital type” by Robin Kinross

This paper offers a new reading of the article titled “Digital type” by Robin Kinross, published in “Eye” magazine in 1992. The period between the late 1980s and the early 1990s was particularly important for the evolution of digital typeface design. The article by Robin Kinross was written at the culmination of the process of evolution of digital editing techniques and software: it was at this time that certain technological and commercial issues arose that would characterize the decades to come, and in particular: the publication of the Unicode encoding standard, the Multiple Master format, the rise of independent foundries and typeface design firms, the development of a market system that anticipated electronic commerce. This article highlights these milestones through an analysis of the developments and the impact that some of these factors would have in years to come, from commercial issues to education, from the evolution of software to the different approaches to design.

This article is only available in Italian.

“Digital type” di Robin Kinross

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 8 ottobre 2016, riletture

Luciano Perondi

Luciano Perondi (Busto Arsizio, 1976) has been involved professionally in type, graphic and information design since 1998. His main fields of interest are writing and reading processes, the history of writing and its non-linear use (sinsemia). In 2003 he started Molotro, a design studio the aim of which is the design of custom and commercial typefaces as well as graphic and information design. Molotro’s projects often include a part of scientific research. From 2004 to 2013 he lectured in several schools and universities on the subject of typography, type design and information design. Since 2007 he is a tenured lecturer on the History of Books at Isia Urbino. From 2013 to 2016 he was the director of that Institute. Since 2015 he is member of CAST, a type foundry.

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