Type News: Adomnánable
It’s Friday! Let’s get together and partake of some tasty news and delectable new type.
Iceland is beautiful. This week’s new type isn’t too shabby, either.
I’m not sure how I feel about Futharc getting an extended character set, but Daniel Viber’s Paradox Runa sure is interesting. And if you’d like to read some of what you’re typesetting, the new Paradox X complements it nicely.
As angular as its name is unpronounceable, YRBK4 is a new and striking “8-bit serif” from Greg Ponchak.
Dunwich Type brings us a new and versatile fat face, Sybarite. It’s designed for the age of digital type, with multiple optical weights to allow its hairline strokes to exist — and remain remarkably thin — at just about any size.
What a name! Georg Herold-Wildfellner’s Mr. Moustache seems to be a friendly chap, perhaps even the life of the party. And since he brings his own dingbats and ornaments, he deserves to be.
Mishka, by Emil Karl Bertell, is a lovely swash-filled upright script. Its reputation is sure to be solid, especially since it remains legible at smaller sizes.
The Wood Type Revivalists are back at it with Concave Tuscan, their latest release. Based on Gothic Tuscan (1866), its clean and distressed weights are a delight for the eyes — and “best used at larger sizes,” which we’ve taken to heart.
Let your eyes linger over that new type. And now, on to the rest of the news, which begins with a fresh look at a familiar face:
- Hoefler Text has been around for a while. See it anew with Thorbjørn Gudnason’s beautiful new type specimen.
- From past type made new to type that never was: read Andrej Krátky on Nara.
- Ilene Strizver explains the three-letter approach to kerning.
- Craig Mod writes about the future shape of the book.
- Did you miss the first part of Thomas Phinney’s Web Typography Best Practices? You can watch it at your leisure.
- Swissmiss found an average font that’s quite fascinating.
- Three-dimensional letters can send mixed messages.
- Beat Stamm updated his indispensable Raster Tragedy.
- Áron Jancsó makes some lovely letters.
- Mark Simonson explains how he has added Glyphs to his type design process.
- The work of Tom Davie might just blow your mind.
- WebKit’s “sandbox” feature apparently has trouble with fonts.
- Watching letterpress work never gets old. Check out the “making of” video for the album cover of The Harrow & The Harvest.
- If you can’t get enough about digital hinting, the Linotype blog should at least temporarily sate you.
- A capital eszett? Ralph Herrmann explains why we might need it.
- Nadine Chahine wants to know which of her fonts you’d like for free.
For the calendar:
- Jesse Ragan is teaching Beginning Typeface Design, September 30 & October 1.
- Join Paul Shaw for an invigorating type walk through Brooklyn on October 9.
- Head to Japan on October 27 if you want any of these lovely limited-run Eames wire-base tables with type from House Industries on them.
- Learn Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design with Ben Kiel, March 31 & April 1, 2012.
That’s it for this week. Is something amiss? Did we miss anything? Was the Concave Tuscan specimen set too small? Let us know in the comments.
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