Type News: Cloud Atlas
New typefaces, news, and events: where we’re going, we don’t need maps. Remember your umbrella.
Marconi Lima adds some panache to his tidy, transitional Adriane Text family with Adriane Swash. This single weight, italic-only counterpart provides a subtle, elegant upgrade by way of swashed capitals, lowercase initials and finials, plus a handful of custom ligature pairs.
A recent addition to the Gestalten library is an eponymous sans from Norbert Prell. Blending humanist and geometric forms with a “cheeky and flirtatious” style and unexpected details, Prell is admittedly reflective of the designer’s own personality. The family covers a five weight range — thin through bold — all of which are equipped with a vast assortment of alternates, ligatures, and other OpenType niceties.
Animated strokes and boundless energy are traits common to many of Laura Worthington’s handwritten scripts. Harlean easily proves that point — rough around the nibbed-pen edges, but with plenty of pep in its step. Naturally, like all of Worthington’s tricked out scripts, its chockablock with hundreds of unbridled swashes, tweaky alternates, and assorted ornamentals.
Typotheque pulls out all the editorial stops with Nikola Djurek’s extensive Lumin type system. Intended for use in a broad range of publication scenarios, four connected families combine subtle constrast with distinctive “chiseled” connections, producing an intriguing hybrid. The extended collection includes four weights of slab serif’d Lumin, six flavours of “straight-talking” Lumin Sans, its compact Condensed companion, and a trio of headline-savvy Display variations.
Back on the road with his Tour de Force foundry, Serbian designer Dušan Jelesijević is pumping up the scratchy jam with some Nervatica. This two weight handstyle sans bounces across the stage, bringing with it a busload of dingbats, textures, and other lively characters.
Lively discussions and lively characters populate our list of links this week:
- Stephen Coles wonders whether font library subscriptions are the future we really want.
- David Sudweeks shows us a thing or two about visual hierarchy.
- Ben Barrett-Forrest discusses his animated history of typography.
- Cyrus Highsmith made some great tee-shirts. (I wish we weren’t already past the funding deadline.)
- As if there weren’t enough things to covet, these Penguin Drop Cap book covers are incredible. (Especially the one for Lord of the Flies. Just look at that thing. Look at it!)
- Mike Rohde reviews different font styles in the latest episode of the Sketchnote Podcast.
- With the whole web becoming editable, the text box fades away.
- Choosing the wrong typeface can be hazardous to your health.
- Christopher DeCaro has been busy: check out his lettering experiments and other nifty things.
- There’s a brief update on Erik van Blokland’s digitisation project.
- It’s late spring: a perfect time for lovers of letterpress to make a pilgrimage to the Chapel of the Blessed Eutectic in Prescott, Arizona.
- The New Yorker doubles certain consonants — and does the Orrmulum proud.
- Robbie Manson shares his process for selecting type.
- Posters! — made with love, by a cat.
- Coming soon: sync Typekit webfonts to your desktop.
- But you can use this type kit on your desktop today!
- This shipping label is all kinds of amped up.
- Jeffrey Zeldman shows some love for Adobe.
- Our penultimate item is Ben Yagoda’s handy treatise, “7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to.”
- Unicode and skywriting: what could possibly go wrong?
Float around the world for these upcoming things:
- On May 15 the Mota Italic Gallery hosts the pre-TYPO Berlin party.
- May 16 and 17, in Appleton, Wisconsin: an incredible-sounding garage / estate sale, with 10% of all proceeds going to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
- Partake of London’s diverse lettering on a walk guided by Phil Baines, May 23.
- On June 4 in London, hear Henrik Kubel discuss “New work, new fonts, New Transport.”
- Sign up to help unbox the Hamilton in June and July.
That’s it for this week — see you soon!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for gathering this week’s typefaces while I danced with daffodils, or something.
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