This May my type foundry and web store, Harried Type, rounded the one year mark. All my fonts are available for purchase, sales are growing, and downloads have never been higher.
Great news, now let's tackle year two. Starting today, there's a new home for Harried Type. With most traffic and queries coming to this site first, it makes little sense to maintain a separate domain and site architecture for the web store. To save everyone a step, I've integrated the store into this domain. This makes it simple and easy to find a font for personal or commercial use and try it out right away.
And I can't forget the fonts themselves. In addition to the three fonts I've published this year (Ventures, Edit Mark, and Aroundabout), there are still more on the way. Stay tuned!
I wrote a piece comparing on-demand streaming music services. I also added a little bit about the joy of music collection and what the streaming present and future means for audiophiles. I don't normally write things like this, but it's something I've been giving a lot of thought lately. If you'd like to read it, I published it on Medium! Hope you enjoy.
Things are looking a little different around here. Let me explain.
This is the all-new 26th edition of this website. It features a fully rethought aesthetic, a sharp new monogram logo, and an even easier to use navigation system. It's also fully responsive.
The new site and look are designed not only as a fun and necessary refresh, but as a refocus. My typefaces – the element of my portfolio I am most passionate about – are now front and center, with simplified installation and purchasing options. The other three content tabs – photos, paint, and graphics – now only display a sampling of work, instead of entire series or styles. However, you'll still be able to access a series with a direct link, like this.
So let's talk about the new logo. A highly stylized, adventurous, and offbeat monogram, it replaces the Blakeman Tree which was introduced in 2014 (along with the 25th iteration of the site). The Tree was a great logo, and served me well over the last few years. However, recently it was feeling a little stale and I wanted to make a change. This monogram logo balances traditional with new, and is much more personal. Expect a gradual replacement of the Tree with the monogram as I continually update materials.
Hope you like the changes!
I'm pleased to present my thirteenth font, Ventures. I took a new approach to designing this one, creating each character individually with a singular aesthetic goal but without creating an overarching set of guidelines first. I'd like to give a special shoutout to the "S." As always, you can download Ventures for free and personal use, or grab the commercial version at Harried Type.
As per annual tradition, here's my list of the top films of the previous year. I normally do a top ten, but this year I've decided to honor only five films. On the whole, I found 2016 to be a weaker year for the movies. Still, these five were excellent and important, bringing oft-overlooked stories to our attention and by offering relief and escapism in a troubled time.