Type News: Admiral Erbar

The only trap here is for your time, but trust us, it’s worth it.

New Type

Check your head … or at least check your headline as Hoefler & Frere-Jones present The New Tungstens. Their savvy, slim-build sans has expanded — but not horizontally — with an addition of three slenderized widths and four lighter weights.

Speaking of expansion packs, Eric Olson has popped out a set of headline companions for Process Type Foundry’s popular Klavika and Klavika Condensed series. Klavika Display clamps four tightly-spaced weights onto either end of the two existing families — from a “skeletal” thin to “extra stuffed” ultra black.

On the non-Latin end of the spectrum, Rosetta has released Skolar Gujarati — a multi-weight companion face to the pan-European and Devanagari flavours of David Březina’s flexible text family.

Typotheque keeps the typographic addenda coming with Irma Text Narrow. This is a slightly condensed version of Peter Biľak’s “generously” proportioned Irma Text, preserving the subtle balance of geometric structure and cursive-influenced charm. Like the other cousin collections in this growing superfamily, the slimmer version comes fully equipped with nine weights and accompanying italics.

Prague’s Suitcase Type Foundry decided to take a walk around the vicinity of its Tabac Sans family and slap a little serif across its humanistic face. Tomáš Brousil’s Tabac Slab is inherently linear with calligraphic details — but with the soul of an Egyptienne. Eight weights glide from hairline to black, complete with true italics and a boggling assortment of OpenType features.

Not one to rest on his glyphic laurels, Brousil also produced a set of fixed pitch fonts for the same family. Tabac Mono includes the same range of weights, broad language support, and typographic features as its slab’d and sans’d sisters.

Take this face and lock it. Photo-Lettering’s self-explanatory Swiss Interlock Stencil provides two styles of no-nonsense, condensed headline action — packed with some Benguiat-style interlocking behavior. The whole deal has been dusted off, buffed up, and brought up to digital speed by Christian Schwartz and Adam Cruz.

It can be argued that no one does “poetic” typefaces like Jovica Veljović. His latest design for Linotype is Agmena — a serif family created with a masterful calligrapher’s hand. The four weight family features finessed proportions, a generous x-height, and details that have been thoroughly sweated.

News

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Events

The things, they are happening!

Stuff

We’re nearing a time of rampant consumerism. Who are we to dissuade you?

Thanks

All tarps and traps avoided? Good! See you next week.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for bringing us this week’s new type and for helping me break the “Played Words” list in Letterpress.

  • 1. Stephen Coles’s avatar Stephen Coles Nov 18, 2012

    This may be the best week of new fonts since Type News debuted. Not a stinker in the bunch.

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