There is a new online course for learning how to make Variable Fonts. Taught by Arthur Reinders Folmer, it is open to everyone who wants to experiment with variable fonts: graphic designers, creative coders, visual designers, type lovers, and type designers; both students and professionals of all levels of expertise. You can learn in your own tempo with 11 video lessons coving the process from letter creation to HTML & CSS browser animations. The goal is to make this new technology accessible and fun for everyone!

On March 17th, Gerrit Noordzij passed away. He was 90 years old. From 1960 until 1990, he taught at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. The influence of his lessons can be seen in the work of numerous type designers active today, including many of the people represented on the Fontstand service. Although he primarily wrote in Dutch and German, books of his in the English language like Letterletter and The Stroke: Theory of Writing have impacted many designers’ practices. The Type and Media program at KABK has published an obituary.

The design collective LoveFrom, which includes Jony Ive and Peter Saville, launched its website this week. That revealed a visual identity designed by members of the team including Ive and Savile, as well as Chris Wilson and Antonio Cavedoni – each former members of the Apple design team. The collective’s wordmark and the website’s text are set in a new typeface, LoveFrom Serif, inspired by John Baskerville’s letterforms and based on studies of his original punches and matrices. Wallpaper has a write-up.

On Wednesday, November 10th, Briar Levit, Rathna Ramanathan, Fiona Ross, Alice Savoie, Martha Scotford and Mathieu Triay will present the digital event Expanding the design canon: fresh perspectives on women in type and publishing. Hosted on Zoom by the St Bride Library in London as part of its 125th-anniversary celebrations, the lectures are part of the “Women in Type” Leverhulme Trust and University of Reading research project. Tickets range in price from £3 to £5. Please book them in advance.

Through Saturday, November 6th, the new exhibition Inner Structures-Outer Rhythms: Contemporary Arab & Persian Graphic Design is running at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Developed in conjunction with the Khatt Foundation, it reflects the growing interest in graphic expression from under-recognized creative regions of the world. The college partnered with Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès – founding director of the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography (Amsterdam) – to curate the exhibition and publish a book by the same title.

On Tuesday evening, 14 September 2021, Eye Magazine will host a virtual Eye on type event. To preview articles from the upcoming type special in November (issue number 102), Shiva Nallaperumal and Juhi Vishnani from Mumbai will be speaking, along with Laura Meseguer (Barcelona) and Thomas Huot-Marchand (Nancy). The online session will be chaired by editor John L. Walters and art director Simon Esterson. You can sign-up and participate via Zoom. All proceeds from the event go to the St Bride Foundation.

A design podcast from Sweden called Inte min typ [Not my type] has interviewed Margaret Calvert. Although the first part of the episode is in Swedish, you can skip ahead to the 23:30 mark. That’s when the interview – in English – begins.