Type News: Disparately Seeking

It’s another week of glorious new type and news. Will you find what you’re looking for?

In creating Garçon Grotesque, Thomas Jockin asked himself how Goudy’s stalwart Copperplate Gothic might look in contemporary clothing. Unbracketed serifs and consistently aligned terminals replace the rather awkward versions we’ve become used to in the classic engraver’s face. A sophisticated range of five weights includes visually appropriate lowercase, small caps, tabular figures, a trio of stylistic sets, and eastern European language support. More behind the scenes tales can be found in Thomas’ article for I Love Typography on the making of Garçon Grotesque.

The latest refurbished face to roll out of the Filmotype garage is a “high-style” mid-century brush by the name of Kitten. It’s contrasty, connected, and decked out with a nice set of alternates — tweaked and twiddled by none other than master scriptmeister Alejandro Paul.

Beefyish. Ultrablackish. Quadratish. Roman Shchyukin and Valery Zaveryaev’s squarely geometric face comes equipped with squinty solid and “thin” styles for straight-up or combined settings. Given the designers’ Russian whereabouts, it’s no surprise that there’s a complete Cyrillic character set included under the hood.

Wilton Foundry’s Marcus was named after the Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus (of “Trajan” column fame), but echoes the brush of a signpainter as much as the chisel of a stonecutter. The calligraphic influence is evident in the poetic curves and softened strokes. Setting it further part from other Trajanic titling types are the finessed lowercase glyphs, subtle endings, and a plethora of discretionary ligatures.

And now for the elusive news:

Oh, hi, web typography and friends:

Break out the calendar:

Short. To the point. That’s this week for you. (OK, not short, but far from marathonic.) See you next week, when we might just slow down. Until then, keep on running — and singing!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for letting us just catch our breath with this week’s new type!

 

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