Beziers: Neubau Welt

Updated: September 2, 2023

Colophon

Designed and produced by Mr. Brian Morris. Initially built during the spring of 2020 in Snohomish County, Washington. As of the winter of 2023, subsequent updates will take place in Wake County, North Carolina…until further notice.

Typography

The typography is always the most fun, most difficult, and most rewarding part of bringing a project together—at least a project like this.

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs

EB Garamond

The body copy is EB Garamond, which, like Stempel and other Garamonds, is based on the Egenolff-Berner specimen. This one is an open-sourced variant of Claude Garamond’s humanist typeface from the mid-16th century, designed by George Duffner and served by Google Fonts.

The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog

Inter Bold

The headers and interface are set in Inter (4.0), formerly Inter UI, designed by Rasmus Andersson. Available on Google Fonts, but I’m using the latest variant with the extra glyphs, stylistic sets, and other OpenType features. I really wish Google Fonts would enable OpenType features. Anyhow, I love how versatile and legible this font is—big, bold headers with round tittles (not a fan of squares), and extra-crispy at tiny sizes.

Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz

IBM Plex Mono Italic

For metadata like captions and attribution, I’m using IBM Plex Mono, designed by Mike Abbink and Bold Monday for IBM, also served from Google Fonts

Server tools

Design tools

  • Sketch: Diehard fan since 2013. On the fence for 2021 with the third or fourth pricing model—what a pain.
  • Figma: Never liked their file system or font usage. I use it because everyone else does.
  • Affinity Photo: Hallelujah, thank you for unshackling me from Adobe. But, jeez Louise, what a steep learning curve for many basic operations! 
  • Typeface: I appreciate how lightweight and responsive this one is—love the filters with hooks into the font metadata from Version 3.
  • Sip: Another lightweight and handy menu bar app for sampling colors. The names attached to hex values are such a nice bonus that I’ve begun incorporating them into my style guides.
  • LittleIpsum: A very handy and clever lorem ipsum generator, designed by Dustin Senos, who has a very interesting background. Would love to incorporate Skate ipsum into this little tool.
  • iA Writer: I use this for everything. This text/markdown editor feels so natural.
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And thanks to Mary Norris, a.k.a, the Comma Queen, for sharing her Blackwing 602 pencil obsession with everyone. After reading Between You & Me, I hopped on the bandwagon—I’ve really enjoyed using the long point 602s. That said, Muji's 0.38 Gel Ink Cap Type Ballpoint Pen is still my default writing tool.

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