Type News: Children of the Kern

The horror! It’s another week of new typefaces and their minions. Don’t shrink away, there are treats among the tricks.

Eyes with a face

DSType’s Dino dos Santos originally developed Nyte as the serif display face for the 2009 redesign of The New York Times Magazine. Using the underlying structure of his earlier — and more finely featured — Esta — this revised, seven weight family features feminine semi-serif’d italics, a large selection of swashes, alternates, ligatures, and other “playful surprises.”

Angelo Stitz’s attractive, but conflicted Mevum is the latest release from the multifaceted, Berlin-based Gestalten. Rigidly engineered from simple, rectangular forms and softened by subtle, curvaceous details — it’s clean and technical, but not cold. Regular and bold weights maintain a certain warmth and charm amidst the minimal, low contrast grid and the unusually aggressive 18° italics.

Latinotype’s prolific Miguel Hernández has released another little darling named Lolita. This fresh-faced, “neo-humanist” sans covers an ten weight range — from thin to ultra bold. Uncluttered, softened forms with a lightly condensed stance are accompanied by alternate display caps and upright italic forms.

The latest set of sans from Chris Dickinson’s Moretype foundry are the Rehn and Rehn Condensed families — two widths worth of approachable, uncomplicated text type. Each width includes six weights, a well appointed palette of OpenType niceties, and the requisite set of tasteful italics.

Like the majority of Gareth “Alias” Hague’s distinctive typefaces, Caustic is constructed rather than drawn. Balancing some obviously calligraphic and “historic-ish” influences with severe-looking and “uncomfortably angular” elements, each of the three rakishly italicized and contrasty weights have an undeniably dynamic quality.

Caveat lector

Treat

Enjoy collecting candy this week — and foisting unwanted goodies on your unsuspecting friends. See you next time!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for another delightful grab-bag of new type!

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