Type News: From Street to Web

This week: new type, new foundries, and a (ginned-up) controversy.

Thanks in part to a misleading headline in the New York Post, street signs and the typeface Clearview are a hot topic in the news. New York City has been mandated to update its street signs, which the state estimates will cost $27.6 million over the next eight years. This is part of the routine, safety-related replacement of road signs, whose reflective coating degrades over time.

From degradation to variation and the world of webfonts! MyFonts has begun licensing type for the web, at pretty reasonable prices. The Process Type Foundry has also begun licensing some of its more popular faces for use on the web; you can host them yourself or serve them through Typekit.

With the continued growth of webfont services and an arsenal of new type to play with, it is important to understand how type renders on the screen. Over at the Typekit blog, Tim Brown has announced a new series about that very subject.

»Tervetuloa!» to the Finnish foundry Typolar, whose website launched this week. They also released two new typefaces. Which brings us to new type:

Vinkel specimen

Vinkel is a lovely sans from Typolar, a family that “would be powered by windmills rather than diesel.”

Calypso E specimen

Calypso E is the other new release from Typolar, a highly readable slab serif.

Neplus Ultra specimen

From p.s.type comes Neplus Ultra, an extremely slabby but somehow still legible face.

Regime specimen

Virus Fonts has released Regime, a peculiar slab serif that feels like it would fit in well with a Steampunk aesthetic.

Also of interest:

That’s what we uncovered this week. What else happened? Let us know in the comments.

Correction: Neplus Ultra is from p.s.type, not from Cargo Collective as we originally reported. We regret the error.

  • 1. andremora’s avatar andremora Oct 08, 2010

    Heads up: Cargo Collective is a CMS platform. Neplus Ultra is from psType.

  • 2. Erik Vorhes’s avatar Erik Vorhes Oct 08, 2010

    Whoops! Thanks for the correction.

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