Type News: Fair is foul and foul is fair

What bloody thing is this that can report? Not two spent swimmers — but a good and hardy edition of the Type News!

Is this type I see before me?

Sometimes beauty (and ugly) is in the eye of the beholder. Typotheque’s Karloff is beholden to both — exploring how two designs at extreme ends of typographic spectrum might be “combined into a coherent whole”. On one hand we have a gorgeous, high contrast Didone — on the other, the infamous reverse contrast Italian. These two styles are represented as Positive and Negative in the Karloff family — along with an aptly designated Neutral — splitting the difference. It all makes for a curiously satisfying solution. Originally conceived by Peter Biľak, these split personalities were designed by Bold Monday’s Pieter van Rosmalen with the help of Typonine’s Nikola Djurek. For more on the design process itself, read Biľak’s “Beauty and Ugliness in Type design.”

Jeremy Dooley’s Coegit is billed as a face optimized for web applications, but focusing on that feature alone would be selling it short. This is a warm, humanist sans that covers a lot of ground while still conserving real estate. The compressed, compact, and condensed widths are clean, without being cramped. A nice range of weights — thin through black — are kicked up with a full set of OpenType niceties, including “Art Deco” capitals and a selection of softer alternate forms.

Cursive is as cursive does, and Laura Worthington certainly does cursive. Hummingbird is an effortlessly elegant connected script, oozing with old-fashioned pen and ink sensibilities. It features organically illuminated capitals, decorative flourishes, and an impressive number of fanciful contextual and stylistic alternates to play with.

As a Dutch graphic designer living in Spain, Floris Voorveld named his neogrotesque FV Granada after his adopted home town. This simple three weight family breaks away from contemporary sans convention — eliminating visually jarring spurs and notches, embracing softened oblong shapes — giving the face a unique, if not whimsical quality. Try it out for yourself — the regular weight is available for free.

When Adobe released Source Sans Pro earlier this year, it was evident that Paul Hunt was working on a fixed-width variant of this highly anticipated open source family. Sharing the same six weight range as its proportionally spaced sister, Source Code Pro is clean and thoughtfully designed — it’s also free for the downloading via SourceForge or as part of Adobe’s recently announced Edge Web Fonts service.

From new type, let’s plunge straight into the news!

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Coming soon to a calendar near you?

The hurlyburly’s done

Alack, ’tis time to bid adieu. But fret not — we shall meet again, anon!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for putting up with this Shakespeherian rag while putting up some lovely new type!

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