Type News: Command-T
It’s time to invoke this week’s new type — and the news!
House Industries has launched Photo-Lettering, a service that lets you set and download “custom” headlines. One of the available faces is Buffalo, and Rich Roat is more than happy to explore its utility.
You could also choose to play with this week’s new type, which includes several new typefaces spread across multiple families, plus a couple of standalone stars.
First out of the gate is Martin Wenzel’s Realist, a sturdy sans that combines grotesque and humanist features with an emphasis on a clean, vertical structure. This sizable family covers eight weights, but Martin has also outfitted Realist with narrow and wide varieties. Italics would be a welcome addition … hint, hint.
Travis Stearns’ slabtastic display face for YouWorkForThem has just tripled in size thanks to the work of Michael Paul Young. YWFT Motown Condensed and YWFT Motown Expanded sport the same cockeyed crossbars, rigid geometry, and mild vintage flavour of the original.
After seven years of work by designer Andrea Tinnest, it was prime time for Primetype to release Roletta Sans and Roletta Slab. Pleasantly round and suitable for pairing, each family features five weights with true italics, plus a large complement of alternates, figures, and geometric symbols. Keep an eye out for extensions to Roletta in the near future.
Originally commissioned for the Slovakian Fest Anča animation festival, DizajnDesign’s appropriately named Anča presents itself as a soft, lightly-condensed sans with a few aesthetic surprises up its monolinear sleeve. There’s a lot of OpenType finesse beneath that playful exterior.
Does the constant flood of new typefaces make you feel overwhelmed? You might be better able to handle all of these new faces with the recently-released third version of FontExplorer X Pro.
This week brings more webfont-related tidbits. Brandon Jones writes about “The Culture of Typography on the Web.” Typekit Tweaker, which lets you customize styles in Typekit’s “Type Tester” tab. And Tim Brown interviews Tim Ahrens on designing type for the web.
And now for the rest of the news:
- Typotheque has created an online version of the out-of-print Typeface as Programme.
- Read it for the articles: the first issue of Gratuitous Type, a “pamphlet of typographic smut,” is available.
- Matthew Carter discusses how he designed his first wood type.
- Speaking of wood type, Paul Clark has uncovered an old Morgan Press Type Catalog.
- Sonali Vora interviews Michael Doret about KISS album covers, lettering, and type design.
- Renew your passport and book your flight to Poznań, Poland, for TypeTalks, June 18–19.
- If you want to be the best-dressed person there, you might want to consult Typefabric, a showcase of type-based apparel.
- Bryan Veloso shares footage of his and his fiancée’s “save the date” cards.
- Do you have half an hour to spare? Watch every Unicode character fly past — at the rate of one character per frame.
And that brings us to the end of this week’s news. Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments.
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for covering this week’s new type.
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