the geometry of type


The Geometry of Type by Stephen Coles.

The Geometry of Type” explores 100 traditional and modern typefaces in loving detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. Characters from each typeface are enlarged and annotated to reveal key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design, which shows how these attributes affect mood and readability. Sidebar information lists the designer and foundry, the year of release and the different weights and styles available, while feature boxes explain the origins and best uses for each typeface, such as whether it is suitable for running text or as a display font for headlines. To help the reader spot each typeface in the wider world, the full character set is shown, and the best letters for identification are highlighted. This beautiful and highly practical work of reference for font spotters, designers and users is a close-up celebration of typefaces and great type design.

There are many things I like about Stephen Coles’ recent book; the bright, clean design and the accessible structure allowing you to dip in and out; but most of all, it’s the lack of fluff or filler. The content has been carefully honed to focus on the important details, which is in fact what the book is all about: the details of each typeface.

In highlighting and comparing the features that give each typeface its character, anyone exploring this subject can begin to make informed choices between similar typeface options.

The pithy descriptions describe each typeface’s origin and advise what makes each appropriate for certain scenarios and where it might fail. These are occasionally laced with a subtle humour that keeps the tone of the book warm.

The great balance of written and visual explanation means the book works well as a quick reference but has a seductive way of drawing you in to read more and examine further.

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Types of Spirals.

Logarithmic Spiral - self-similar spiral curve which often appears in Nature. Spira Mirabilis, Latin for “miraculous spiral”, is another name for the Logarithmic Spiral. The size of the spiral increases but its shape is unaltered with each successive curve, a property known as Self-Similarity. Possibly as a result of this unique property, the Spira Mirabilis has evolved in Nature, appearing in certain growing forms such as nautilus shells and sunflower heads. 

Fermat’s Spiral
- in the sunflower and daisy, the mesh of spirals occurs in Fibonacci Numbers because Divergence (angle of succession in a single spiral arrangement) approaches the Golden Ratio. The shape of the spirals depends on the growth of the elements generated sequentially. In mature-disc phyllotaxis, when all the elements are the same size, the shape of the spirals is that of Fermat Spirals - ideally. That is because Fermat’s Spiral traverses equal annuli in equal turns. 

Archimedean Spiral - it is the locus of points corresponding to the locations over time of a point moving away from a fixed point with a constant speed along a line which rotates with constant angular velocity. The Archimedean Spiral has the property that any ray from the origin intersects successive turnings of the spiral in points with a constant separation distance, hence the name “Arithmetic Spiral”.

Hyperbolic Spiral - transcendental plane curve also known as a Reciprocal Spiral. A Hyperbolic Spiral is the opposite of an Archimedean Spiral. It begins at an infinite distance from the pole in the center (for θ starting from zero r = a/θ starts from infinity), and it winds faster and faster around as it approaches the pole; the distance from any point to the pole, following the curve, is Infinite.


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Modeled: Temmie/Bob, Monster Kid, Mettaton / MTT EX, Napstablook,Alphys/Alt , Undyne /Alt, Papyrus, Sans, Flowey, Toriel, Frisk

  • Will give them away once the whole group is finished; end of January/early February.
  • I use Maya for all my modeling, rigging, and animation needs.
  • I cannot say for certain compatibility with Source Film Maker, MMD, Cinema 4D, 3D Movie Maker, Gary’s Mod, or Second Life, etc, I’ve never used any of the above, nor do I have plans to do so at this time (lack of time/interest/I do not own a copies of them)
  • I will be releasing the rigged models as .mb and .fbx file types, and the geometry by itself as .obj.

To be modeled…

  1. Omega Flowey - in two weeks
  2. Goat kid (x2) - Week or 2 after Omega Flowey


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Forme Buone Posters by Atto

“In Italian “Forme Buone” means good shapes. This is how an old schoolmaster used to call the geometric and purest shapes. We tried to explore these forms, creating a fantastic and surreal world. Starting form this world we derived 3 different posters.”

Atto is a design consultancy based in Milan, directed by Sara Bianchi and Andrea Zambardi who decided to found an independent studio after gaining experience working several years with different studios (Studio Bianca, Alizarina, Zetalab). Atto works on a various range of projects: brand identity, editorial, illustration, motion graphic and web always taking care of every details and steps of the process.


Last week thesetenthings asked for a beautiful math book, and I can’t think of one more beautiful than this.  Written by mathematician Luca Pacioli with illustrations designed by his friend Leonardo da Vinci, this is De Divina Proportione, a treatise that applies geometry and the mathematical golden ratio to art, architecture, type design, and even the human body.  

We’re incredibly lucky to have a 1509 first edition of this work.  A previous owner’s name was excised from the title page of our copy, but there are notes and calculations from this early reader throughout the book, written in the margins.

I have a few more posts on Beautiful Math in reserve - I was planning to do a pop-up exhibit and series of posts this spring, so your question was very well timed, thesetenthings​! Consider this one the kickoff, and stay tuned!

Pacioli, Luca, approximately 1445-1517. Diuina proportione : opera a tutti glingegni perspicaci e curiosi necessaria oue ciascun studioso di philosophia… Venetiis : A. Paganius Paganinus characteribus elegantissimis accuratissime imprimebat, [1509].  University of Missouri Libraries, Special Collections and Rare Books, Rare Vault NC745.A2 P3 


Visual Identity for Arrels Footwear by Hey Studio

“Arrels, which means “roots” in English, is a Barcelona based footwear brand making shoes for the urban market. Creating the identity meant finding the right balance between their urban look and their rural roots and between being handmade and mass produced. This duality is reflected in the two colours of the identity and in the pattern created for the boxes and the shoes; an idea which was carried over to the brochure.”

Hey is a graphic design studio based in Barcelona, Spain. They specialize in brand identity, editorial design and illustration. They love geometry, color and direct typography. This is the essence of who they are. They take care of every single step of the design process and always work closely with their clients, big or small, in one-to-one relationships. They also undertake side projects. These activities aim to play with new ideas, push their creative boundaries and develop a passion that is then injected into client’s work.


Monster Kid from UnderTale

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Modeled: Mettaton EXMettaton (Default)  Napstablook, Alphys, Undyne, Papyrus,Sans, Flowey, Toriel, Frisk

  • Will give them away once the whole group is finished; around January.
  • I use Maya for all my modeling, rigging, and animation needs.
  • I cannot say for certain the compatibility with Source Film Maker, MMD, Cinema 4D, 3D Movie Maker, or Gary’s Mod, etc, I’ve never used any of the above, nor do I have plans to do so at this time (lack of time/interest/I do not own a copies of them)
  • I will be releasing the rigged models as .mb and .fbx file types, and the geometry by itself as .obj
  •  Undertale 3D is NOT a real game, these are just mock-ups I do for fun.
  • Will give them away once the whole group is finished; around January.

To be modeled, in order:

  1. Muffet (maybe next week; might not have time, will do a costume or two instead)
  2. Goat Dad
  3. Flowey 2.0
  4. Goat kid (x2)


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Nine Yantras for Inner Peace.

Yantras are sacred geometry similar to Tibetan mandalas. They are utilized in a type of yoga (yogic) meditation especially as one develops the upper chakras or for energetically enhancing the space around them. In Wheels of Life writer Anodea Judith places Yantra Yoga as correlating with the third eye or ajna chakra. Yantras are part of the Indian Tantric tradition of subtle energetic practices.

RADIANCE - Sunny optimism, self-confidence, magnetism. Enables your joy and good spirits to reach and affect others you connect with. Associated planet is the Sun.
NOURISHMENT - Nurturing, sustaining, compassionate. Cultivates in both male and female-the feminine and receptive including being able to care for oneself.
PASSION - Direction, purpose, enthusiasm. Allows you to compete and accomplish great feats with desire meaning and joy.
INTELLECT - Judgement, equilibrium, balance. Calms the nervous system and stimulates the mind toward equanimity. Enhances communication, and use of the mind for spiritual work. Planet is Mercury.
EXPANSION - Growth and opulence, generosity of spirit, and community. Opens your heart to opportunities for charity and sharing and suggests new horizons.
BLISS - Sensuality, appreciation for beauty, art and refinement. Supports ones ability to be creative, poetry, writing, all fine arts. Gives you access to the positive aspects of your senses and enhances ones ability to attract love. Associated planet is Venus.
ORGANIZATION - Order, discipline, a quiet mind. Patience and endurance are maximized to support you in working through difficult or long projects.
UNIQUENESS - Independence, originality, exploration. Awareness and confidence in your authentic voice and ideas.
SPIRITUALITY - Mystical experiences, solitude, purification. The peace you find within. Associated planet is Ketu.

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