Type News: Enjoy Agricola

Grab your favorite grain-based product, we’re in for another abundant week of news and new type.

Eduilson Wessler Coan’s Ninfa Serif builds on the subtle, calligraphic bones of his previous Ninfa family. The organic, familiar forms have been neatly meshed with the deliberate serifs and even colour of a true text face. Stroke transitions and a distinctive “inktrappiness” are accentuated, producing especially sexy italics.

Just as natural sinew provides strong anatomical connections, Jakob Runge’s Sinews Sans bridges and joins rigid geometric forms to more energetic humanist shapes. This brand new release from Gestalten provides a series of clean, compact faces that cover a range of weights from hairline to medium.

The eponymously named Kostic Serif was created by the father and son team of Zoran and Nikola Kostić, echoing the characteristics of transitional typefaces in the Baskerville and Caslon style. This three weight family started out as a simple roman and bold back in 2002 — featuring a prominent x-height, uncomplicated strokes, and fine detailing. It was put aside for nearly a decade before being revisited and expanded into its current iteration.

Fresh off the Photo-Lettering food truck comes Raymund Circus. An original by Bruce Raymund, this deft — but not daffy — display sans is soft on the corners and easy on the eyes. Inline, outline, and no-line styles are just the thing to take on a takeout menu or fine tune some fairground banners.

Until now, the majority of the “pay what you like” fonts in the Lost Type Co-op quiver have sported minimal — or at least reduced — character sets. They certainly haven’t included the advanced typographic features that are more common in higher priced, commercial offerings. Joe Prince’s ultra bold Bemio challenges that assumption, offering an carefully crafted humanist sans with broad language support, plenty of OpenType whiz, and a buckets of glyphs.

Go team! Team van Bronkhorst, that is. MVB Mascot is the latest typographic interpretation from the San Francisco-based designer. This casual, connected script is aching with vintage vernacular, including the “requisite underline swooshes” and “unvarnished spirit” of days gone by.

Teamwork leads off this week’s news, too:

Be well! See you next week.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for braving the Picts, Celts, and other unwashed hordes to deliver this week’s new type!

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