Type News: All of the Monotypes

The frantic run-up to TypeCon next week means everything slips, I guess — but here’s a goodly round of type and news to keep you going through the lean times.

New Type

When Kris Sowersby releases a new typeface — or anything at all, really — ears perk up, eyes widen, and heart rates increase. (Ok, maybe that’s just us.) The latest item on the shelves of the Klim Type Foundry is Domaine — his largest family to date. Described as “contemporary, curvaceous Latin detailing on a Scotch skeleton”, this expansive collection of faces is split into Display, Display Narrow, Display Condensed, and Text varieties — 46 styles in all. As expected, Sowersby’s exhaustive design notes are sure to sate any font nerd’s appetite for tasty typographic minutiæ.

In the first of two revivals for Wordshape, Ian Lynam takes Oz Cooper's inclined companion to Cooper Oldstyle just a little bit further than the master himself. Cooper Italic Pro updates the idiosyncratic and Caslon-channeling cursive by including all of the original ligatures (previously available only in metal), plus a lively set of swash capitals — designed by Cooper years after the italic, but never released.

Also from Lynam is what he calls “the definitive version” of another long lost face from the wiz of Oz. Cooper Fullface Italic Pro is a delightfully plump “caricature of a Didone” — carefully redrawn, refreshed, and updated with a smattering of alternates, ornaments, and “fancy” characters.

The voluminous Benton Sans family was already the largest kid on the Font Bureau block. With the addition of Benton Sans Wide, this workhorse American sans now covers 80 styles across five widths and eight weights. Skillfully extended by Cyrus Highsmith, the entire superfamily has also been accessorized with a complete set of OpenType niceties, including small caps, tabular figures, and newfangled language support.

News

Voluminous? You could apply that adjective to this week’s links (though I probably wouldn’t if I hadn’t already implied it).

Events

We already mentioned TypeCon, but that’s not the only thing happening soon-ish:

Next?

Next week we’ll have a short sampler. So feel free to take your time working your way through all of this.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for this week’s lovely new type!

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