Type News: Engage!

We haven’t done this since last year, so please forgive us if we’re a little rusty.

New Type

It’d been a while since we’d heard anything from the talented Sibylle Hagmann. Well, the wait was worth it. As it happens, she launched a brand new Kontour Type website and a fresh sans family in December. Axia provides four weights of sturdy text friendliness, plus a pair of stencil-ized display styles. Arguably the most distinctive feature of Axia is the way each style — regardless of the weight or italicization — maintains the exact same width and fit.

Just over a decade ago, Francisco Gálvez Pizarro’s lively hybrid Australis took the gold at the 2002 Morisawa International Type Design Competition. Ten years later, his reworked Australis Pro has been brought up to full OpenType speed. The original Roman weight has been expanded to a family of six styles, including some seriously sexy italics — and a voluptuous heavy.

Not only did Matthew Butterick release his “first new sans serif design in nearly 20 years,” he also managed to put together one of the most comprehensive and interactive type specimens we’ve ever seen. It’s quite the launch for Concourse — a clean six weight, 18 style sans that takes a fair chunk of its soul from classic 1930s geometrics. This capable companion to Butterick’s serif’d Equity is loaded with typographic niceties, including several stylistic sets that provide subtle “cultural” texture.

The latest from Switzerland’s Optimo foundry is a graphic take on the lines and aesthetics of Times New Roman. Ludovic Balland’s Stanley shares the same “excellent legibility and incredible sharpness” as its predecessor, but with sharply tailored counters and severely angular (but absolutely tidy) serifs. The five style family includes Roman and bold weights, their associated italics, a boisterously beefy poster cut, plus all of the expected OpenType-powered features you’d expect.

News

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Schedule

Time keeps up its relentless march. Here are some markers to help you along the way:

TTFN

That’s it for the first week of January! See you again, real soon.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for bringing us this week’s new type!

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