Type News: Genius

This week, we get right to the point: new type! (Well, almost to the point.)

But first: Congratulations to Matthew Carter and Nicholas Benson, two of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellows for 2010. It’s edifying to see such master craftsmen receive this tremendous acknowledgement of their work.

Dalton Maag Ubuntu specimen

Last week we learned about choosing an appropriately-sized Hebrew face for the Ubuntu font from Dalton Maag. And now it has been released; you can download it from FontSquirrel.

Pragmatik specimen

Christopher Stahl has released Pragmatik, “influenced by the heritage of German industrial typesets like DIN.” At the same time, this font feels forward-looking, not too closely bound to the past.

Snowflake specimen

From Jessica Hische comes Snowflake, “based on cut paper snowflakes.” It feels too early in the year to want such a wintry font, but that makes Snowflake no less lovely.

Angie Pro specimen

Fifteen years after the release of FF Angie, FontFont and Jean François Porchez have released FF Angie Pro, a fully-redrawn version with OpenType support and additional weights.

And now the rest of this week’s news, in bite-size format:

  • Do you love type and read German? You might enjoy this ATypI 2010 roundup from MyFonts.de.
  • Let your website’s visitors play with your type designs using TypeShow, a free tool from Raurief.
  • A new edition of Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type is available, and the associated website has been redesigned to use webfonts from Typotheque.
  • Lupton’s book isn’t the only new publication available: If you love comic books as much as you love type, check out Squeaks Discovers Type.
  • The “New Art Foundation” Znaczy Się has announced the Type Design International Student Competition, honoring poet Czesław Miłosz. The competition is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The registration deadline is March 31, 2011, and the submission deadline is May 31, 2011.
  • Nominations and voting are open for The Web Font Awards. The nominating process closes on November 7. (If you want to nominate any work, be sure to register for a “designer account”; the “user account” only allows you to vote.)
  • Are you curious about where some great type comes from? Meet the FontFont Type Department.
  • Do you want to help Hoefler & Frere-Jones improve their presence on the web? They are looking for a couple of awesome web developers to join their illustrious team in New York.

With this level of brevity, surely we missed some news. Chide us for our omissions in the comments. (Please tell us what we missed, too!)

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