No one really uses extended fonts

Sean Thompson

With very few resources, I found out even fewer people use extended typefaces. Designers are all about fitting mass amounts of information into  small spaces; with an extended type that is quite hard to do. There are a few typeface families that do extended type nicely. Hellenic, Egyptian , Helvetica, Latin ,Trade Gothic and Microgramma. Microgramma was craeted by Aldo Novarese prior to his creation of the typeface eurostile. Microgramma was used for technical design and was overall quite popular during the early seventies due to letraset (UK based business making innovative media for designers).

Finding information about people using extended  type this day and age was also quite difficult, aside from some a handful of typophile threads and those “top 20 font”

The Star Wars logo as well as other science fiction driven brands use extended face for their works

To be edited because there is little to no information on usage of extended type on the internet.

Dogs: Italy’s best friend

Sean Thompson

As I arrived in Prato, Italy, I first noticed picturesque mountains, the woman,  and dogs or “cane” (that’s italian for dog). It was hard to miss them because it seems everybody and their grandma has a dog, as if it was required by law. Everyday on route to anywhere in Prato I see at least 10 to 15 dogs no exaggeration. Quite frankly, I love it. Generally the dogs are pretty big, it seems its popular to have a giant wolf-looking dog around here. I guess the italians aren’t keen on little frou-frou dogs that one could stick in a handbag and tote around. I hope that when my italian speaking skills get better I can ask someone if i can pet their dog. I could probably do that now with the little Italian I know, but I feel it would be better if I knew what I was talking about. Maybe even be able to strike up some small conversation with a local but that’s just wishful thinking although certainly not impossible for that to happen. So, yeah, if you like dogs that’s one of the many perks to living around Prato.