Type News: Cause & Control

You can’t contain the Type News, you can only hope to speed it up! What.

Sprouting type

Nate Piekos and his Blambot joint are known for authentic comic book and illustrative type. The latest addition to their massive collection of energetic display faces is Monsterific — a chunky and condensed all-caps headliner. It’s just rough enough around the edges to provide handset spontaneity, while oozing a classic seventies horror film vibe. If that wasn‘t enough, there’s also plenty of hot interlock ligature action!

Berlin-based Fatype is the typographic home of Anton Koovit and Yassin Baggar. Specializing in custom type solutions, their latest commercial release is the unassuming and rather idiosyncratic Aleksei. A solid, low-contrast text family that just happens to feature some unique, unexpected concave details amidst the bracketed serifs and serious angles.

An enormous number of alternates, initials, finials, “fancy capital” ligatures, and other glyphic wonderment sets off Typofonderie’s gorgeous Le Monde Livre Classic. It’s much more than an “extravagant” extension to their stylish Le Monde Livre family. Designed to work equally well in text and titling display settings, this new variation on the Renaissance theme offers exuberant character combinations, subtly dramatic swashes, and Baskerville-esque italic capitals.

Rúben Dias’ Taca is a warm and approachable alternative to the machined sterility of faces such as Novarese’s ubiquitous Eurostile. This five weight “squircle” sans feels experimental, yet is straightforward in its stylized approach — bolstered by finessed details and a functionally organic structure.

The release of Joshua Darden’s Dapifer has been long anticipated. Originally commissioned by Mucca Design’s Matteo Bologna and Christine Celic Strohl, this unusual slabbish serif blends old style chops with a more “rational framework”. All six weights are equipped with a distinctively chiseled typographic voice, fabulously aggressive italics, and a selection of restrained, but flexible alternates.

Silly? Perhaps. Limited in use? Undoubtedly. But there’s still an inescapably mesmerizing quality in Will Ryan’s Slinkster. Maybe it’s the soft spot we have for a typeface inspired by that springy, stair-walking toy from our childhood. Maybe it’s the blatantly hypnotic quality to the repetitive, geometric motion throughout the limited (but growing) character set. Regardless of how you justify it, this display face bounces into its own niche.

Shambling news

This week might feel light, but there’s some good stuff (as usual), some of which should take root.

Seedy events

Looking for something to do? Just add water.

Agent Orange

Is this good-bye? Well, not really — because we’ll be back next week!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for cultivating this week’s new-type planting.

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