Type News: Capital Sharp

This week: a crisp, well-dressed trio of typefaces and an unruly amount of news — it’s a sans sans sans sans world.

Sofia Pro is Olivier Gourvat’s redesign and expansion of his rigidly geometric sans family, originally released in 2008. This year’s overhaul included a general sprucing up, the addition of case sensitive forms, proper small caps, alternates, and extended numerics, plus two more weights — added to the ends of the range.

According to Emigre, Zuzana Licko’s Mr Eaves XL Sans Narrow & Modern Narrow are the “final installments” in what was already an extensive (and intricately named) Eaves superfamily. These moderately slenderized versions of the humanist Sans and more geometric Modern both set tighter, while maintaining the comfortable readability of the x-heighten’d “XL” series.

Ralf Herrmann’s Wayfinding Sans has finally come to fruition after years of exhaustive field study and documentation. Much of Herrmann’s research process is chronicled in his article Designing the Ultimate Wayfinding Typeface — where it’s noted that he even developed his own Legibility Test Tool for the task. Although designed specifically for visual clarity in less than optimal circumstances, this twenty style family is also an impressive (and tidy) modern sans that can hold its own in situations well beyond signage.

If you’d kindly make your way over to the holding area — no, it’s this way, not that way — we have a number of news items that may interest you:

A few calendar items:

And that brings us to the end of another dapper and obstreperous week — and month! — of type news. Remember to back up your computers.

Thanks to the master of backing-up, Grant Hutchinson, for procuring this week’s new type!

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