We’ve finally finished reviewing the first round of Junior Designer applications (there were so many…), and have now launched into round two! With this new round we decided to mix things up a little bit and ask about favorite typefaces instead of favorite designers. After several weeks of voting, Jessica Hiche ended up winning the designer popularity contest by a relatively wide margin, with poor old Milton Glaser and Saul Bass trailing behind in second and third.
The typeface question, which you’ll find on our job posting (psst… go apply!), has already proven to be way more interesting. When you talk about typefaces it’s hard not to talk about the style, designers and foundries involved. So this week’s little graphic is a bit more data heavy than previous weeks, but it’s interesting! Or at least it’s interesting to us. The top 5 fonts are listed by number of votes received, with their point size and relative darkness representative of their share.
There’s actually been a lot of overlap in terms of how applicants answer the question, and we can already see certain trends taking shape. For example, men tend to lean towards sans serif while women are fairly equally split between sans and serif. Everyone seems to prefer more modern fonts, though there are some older, timeless typefaces that keep popping up. Certain foundries and designers get a lot of action either because they own the rights to thousands and thousands of fonts (Linotype) or because their fonts are currently trendy (H&FJ). Mmmm, data!
Earlier in the week Tomas, Bryan and buddy-of-ripe Katie D’Angelo had front-row seats to listen to Art Spiegelman speak at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. He was there to talk about his graphic novel Maus (originally published in the mid 80’s) which he’s rereleasing under the title MetaMaus. Turns out Spiegelman is a very funny guy, so it we really enjoyed the event. If you haven’t read MetaMaus, we recommend picking up a copy! Anthropomorphized mice and Nazi-cats make for an interesting read.
We also attended a bunch of other events throughout the week, such as an AMA DC board meeting and AIGA DC’s Schmoozeday, but we unfortunately forgot to take pictures, so who cares! Oh well. See you next week!