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Typeface Review

Kinescope

Reviewed by Tiffany Wardle de Sousa on March 5, 2008

The days of the lettering artist are not gone and they have morphed into the type designer’s foray, Mark Simonson’s to be exact. Kinescope is an inspired take on what was another era’s bold brush script style. Mark took his initial inspiration of the Fleischer Brother’s Superman cartoon series and greatly added to it, giving us a rich, full-featured design more useful than most typefaces like it today. Thanks in part to Mark’s use of OpenType technology, and especially his use of stylistic sets, you can think of it as an old school body with a new school engine.

Tiffany Wardle de Sousa is a typographer living and working in San Jose, California. She earned her MA in the Theory and History of Typography & Graphic Communication at The University of Reading. Active in the type community, Tiffany has written for several design publications, served as a SOTA board member, and is a Typophile moderator.

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