Type News: Gag Order

What happens when we inadvertently take a week off? News and new type accumulate at the same mindbending rate — which gives us too much to bite off this week. But no matter: we’re biting it all off anyway. Commence chewing!

New Type

The Hamilton Wood Type Foundry recently pushed out some seriously beefy type by way of the aptly named HWT Slab. Consisting of two chunky styles — an extra bold Clarendon featuring bracketed serifs and an equally buff Antique with more squarish attributes — this robust 19th century revival sports an updated character set and extended language support.

Daniel Justi’s delightful Darling is a lively display face with soft forms, casual flow, and a calligraphic soul. Extensive alternates and a parade of OpenType features provide a versatile foundation for illustrated headlines or running text.

Symbolset’s SS Junior is a restrained, rounded collection of imagery by Jory “Year of Icons” Raphael. Precise and proportioned like Raphael’s previous Block, Line, and Forecast offerings, this font features the same accessible, keyword-powered substitution magic found in all Symbolset faces.

Daniel Pelavin admits to finding beauty and inspiration in the “utilitarian industrial objects” around New York City. Forgia is the typographic embodiment of that fascination — constructed through the industrious application of dimensional layers and virtual “rivets” on top of a sturdy, “gaspipe” sans.

Not to be outdone in the glyphic diversification department, designer Luke Lisi presents Summit — a monumental 50 font family. Starting off as a straightforward and slightly extended geometric sans, Summit quickly expands into a five weight, ten style opus of epic permutations. Not only can solid, inline, and a trio of “segmented” flavours from each weight be combined and layered — but every single style is also equipped with four variations of most letterforms.

Letters from Sweden manages to put a few more of their typographic ducks in a row with Trim Mono. Designer Göran Söderström adds an appropriate amount of fixed-width flavour to his uniquely truncated Trim series.

Is it hot in here or is it just you? Neil Summerour cranks up the summer heat with Lust Script — the curvaceous “older sister” in his ridiculously sexy Lust family. Regular and display variations of this contrasty, cursive headliner are pleasantly packed with energetic alternates and wanton swashiness.

Speaking of extensions … Eduilson Wessler Coan’s delightfully feminine Encorpada Pro gains a elegant and somewhat button-downed companion. Encorpada Classic covers the same flexible range of weights as its fanciful cousin, but stylishly follows a more traditional Didone path.

Christian Thalmann’s Maestrale doesn’t break existing paradigms, as much as it blends them together. Calligraphic forms with uncial undertones are paired with “outrageously long, flamboyant extenders”, oodles of alternates, unicase variations, and some masterfully executed OpenType programming. A trio of subdued text styles — a serif’d Roman, an upright cursive, and a “tilted” italic — are also included.

News

Take a deep breath. You won’t be coming up for a while:

Events

We’re not done, oh no. Break out your day planners!

Wrap it up

Even more good stuff? Probably — but let’s save it for next week!

Thanks, Grant Hutchinson, for braving the legion of new typefaces these past two weeks!

  • 1. Luke Dorny’s avatar Luke Dorny Jul 23, 2013

    Awesome week, this time around!
    Mmm, I’m laughing that you posted those churned dairy wrappers.

  • 2. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson Jul 25, 2013

    Laugh it up, butterball.

  • 3. Erik Vorhes’s avatar Erik Vorhes Jul 30, 2013

    Butter.

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