Type News: Dead Disco
After a heavy week of news and new type, let’s go light. Or at least light on our feet. Get down!
Like FF Marselis — it’s uncluttered sans predecessor — Jan Maack’s FF Marselis Slab successfully mixes geometric and humanist elements. The new family covers the same four weight range and the sans, with subtly adjusted forms to balance the addition of serifs.
New from the Sudtipos foundry is Zulia — a brash brush script by mononymous Venezuelan designer, Joluvian. Deftly combining “two of his favourite calligraphic styles”, this energetic face sports heavily contrasted strokes, a stylish headline attitude, and some serious OpenType magic courtesy of Alejandro Paul.
Sydney-based Lev Berry follows up his modular Monstre with another digitally updated dose of dimensional French ephemera. Fantaisie provides six stackable layers of bifurcated Tuscan fun, absolutely free for the taking (or downloading).
David Engelby’s Onward is a tidy text family that prides itself on legibility and distinctive, angular details. Regular, italic, bold and bold italic styles are crisply constructed — but not cold — showing off qualities of both draftsman and calligrapher.
Now that we’re warmed up, let’s hustle on to the news:
- Nina Stössinger asks, “Why are quotation marks language-dependent?” and gets a host of fascinating responses.
- Ryan and Tina Essmaker interview Jeffrey Veen for The Great Discontent.
- Matthew Butterick has published Butterick’s Practical Typography. And it looks to be an incredible resource.
- Marko Dugonjić discusses setting subheads with CSS.
- Last week we mentioned Unit Editions’ Type Only. There’s a related tumblr (is that a word now?) — and a call for submissions.
- While we’re obsessing over Tumblr, check out these beer labels in motion.
- Find out which emoji are in use on Twitter right now.
- Sufjan Stevens has some strong opinions about type.
- FontFont has a new app-specific font license.
- John Stevens’ Artist of the Written Word is now available.
- Bill Dawson critiques Ian Lynam’s Cern.
- RIP, Jay Z’s hyphen.
- Also RIP, print.
- Check out Type and Media 2013.
- Need a shirt? Typecache has your back (and your front).
Some of these happenings may occur on a Saturday. At night? Maybe. But you’ll need to bring your own fever.
- TypeCon is now accepting donations for the TypeCon Silent Auction.
- August 7: learn hand-lettering with Gemma O’Brien, in Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.
- At Reading Frenzy in Portland, Oregon, take in Letterfirm, “an exhibition of international expressive typography,” August 20 – September 18.
That’s a wrap for this week. See you soon!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for strolling through this week’s new type!
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