Type News: Gaswinker
Late night, flickering lights: what better setting for our latest batch of news and new type? This way …
Angling for some new type? Type Together’s largest family just doubled in size (and usefulness) with the addition of a complete set of obliques. Tablet Gothic Oblique adds six widths worth of slanted companions to Veronika Burian and José Scaglione’s sturdy, grotesque sans — now consisting of seven dozen individual styles.
Inspired by a handful of characters spotted in a vintage pajama advertisement (you can’t make these things up), Harold’s Fonts has pulled out a pair of textural inline headliners. The smooth as silk Penstripe and its sketchier Pencilstripe cousin both feature five lanes of funky linear strokage — in a trio of weights.
David James and Gareth Hague have been busy finishing up several new releases for their Alias foundry. Noah Text and Noah Bold feature sharp angles and connections reminiscent of incised forms, brushed with just a touch of modernized blackletter. Three styles of each weight include a unicase variation, as well as something called “upper lower” — where the traditional uppercase has been replaced with stretched and modified lowercase characters.
Also out the Alias shop are two takes on minimalist stencils. The serif stylings of Grist are constructed (and implied) through the subtle placement of circles, simplified stems, and other “curvaceous, dramatic shapes.”
Glue is a companion design to Grist, abstracting the already stark forms into even simpler and more graphic components. Both stencils feature several alternate characters that can be easily accessed by changing case.
Canada Type’s Patrick Griffin has again done a bang up job reinvigorating the once film-bound faces of the Filmotype collection. Filmotype Keynote is a bold, mid-century advertising face — substantially updated with extended language support, alternates, and handy OpenType goodness.
The informal, monolinear appearance of Filmotype LaCrosse comes from the world of luxury goods and high-end catalogues. Once again, the casual 1950s aesthetic has been amped up with a significant set of alternates, contextual ending characters, and “flawless” ligatures.
The latest face from Argentina’s Sudtipos foundry has been described as “Pretty, edgy, and pretty edgy.” Heráldica Script is easily one of the most expressive and ornamented scripts produced by the typographic tag team of Angel Koziupa and Alejandro Paul. Contrasting and “conjoined” calligraphic strokes provide an engraved flavour. The flourishes and swashes take it right over the top.
After such a glowing batch of reviews, there’s only one way to begin this week’s round of type-related links:
- Brighten your evenings by reading about a New York lit by gaslight signs.
- You know “Responsive Design” has made the big-time when it appears in Wired — and author Paul McKeever advocates beginning with type.
- Matt Griffin explores different type sizing for different screen sizes.
- Roman Rudenko reveals other uses for the CSS root em unit than font size.
- Mark Simonson found this lovely 1957 brochure for the creepy-looking Vari-Typer Model 160.
- J.M. Mosley looks at fragments of engraved slate headstones.
- This is a promising beginning to an illustrated alphabet of rock bands.
- Nick Sherman presents highlights from a 1979 book showing Cyrillic versions of popular typefaces, including Hobo, Mistral, and Signal.
- Janine Vangool documents the kerning of Canada … er, Can ada … um, Canad a.
- Bitmapped blackletter works better than you might think.
- Hubert Jocham has a lovely redesigned website.
- Creative Bloq compiled their list of “the top 25 movie posters of all time.” Of all time!
- While we’re on the topic of movie posters, be sure to check out Yves Peters’ most recent “ScreenFonts.”
- Get inspired with Typespire.
- Ronit Bigal calligraphically covers her models with quotes from the Bible.
- Incrementally resize type in InDesign thanks to a handy plugin from LettError.
- Buy a copy of Worn Gothic, and you could win a painting.
- Get another fix of new type with the latest issue of “This Week in Fonts.”
- MPQD features artwork comprised of iOS icons and strategic letter- and word-placement.
- Jon Parker shows that C.S. “Hotes” Houghtaling knew his stuff.
- Who wouldn’t like a neat Scotch-inspired typeface?
Write these down before the lights go out:
- Enroll by March 30 to study type design at the Siena Art Insititute in Italy, June 15–28.
- Get in on the TYPO San Francisco “Type Track,” April 11.
- Help fund Nancy Sharon Collins’ west coast book tour on Kickstarter; you have until April 13.
- On April 18 travel through the vast series of tubes on the internet to learn about typography in responsive web design with Richard Rutter.
- The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz has an open call for type through May 5. Participation is free, and winners will be presented as a part of the “Call for Type” exhibition, June 6 – September 8.
- Pae White’s Too Much Night, Again features words made from 48 kilometers of string and is at the South London Gallery through May 12.
And with that, it’s time to put out the light and put out the light. Have a great (and not at all ominous) week!
Thanks, Grant for guiding us through type (previously) unknown!
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