Type News: Got Route?

Happy November! Let’s get our kicks with this week’s news and begin by taking the scenic route through some new type:

Design by committee is not always a bad thing. The first typeface by Proyecto Demo is a good example. This collaborative project began several years ago and features a veritable who’s who of Chilean and Argentine type designers, including: Alejandro Paul, Alejandro Lo Celso, Eduardo Manso, Eduardo Tunni, Jose Scaglione, Pablo Cosgaya, Francisco Galvez, Rodrigo Ramirez, Tono Rojas, Kote Soto, Luciano Vergara, and Felipe Caceres. Clara is the end result—a sophisticated, unconnected display script packed full of alternates, ligatures, display caps, fancy fractions, and other OpenType wonderfulness. This open source typeface project was originally coordinated by Cristian Gonzalez Saiz, Daniel Berczeller, and Andreu Balius.

Another free face that caught our attention is Eduardo Tunni’s Mate. This highly readable, three-style text family features sharp, angular details and slightly calligraphic colour. All we need is for Eduardo to add some weight in the emboldened department.

Another type from the chisel, anyone? This week’s majestic majuscule comes courtesy of Photo-Lettering—those headmasters of the headline. Copeland Trillium is a multi-part play on the Romanesque titling face. Incise, tone, and shade to your Trajanic heart’s content.

Now this is something that was well worth the wait. Process Type Foundry has released Nicole Dotin’s Elena as their very first text family. It radiates “warmth with a crisp, tailored tone” through subtle brush-like terminals, strong horizontals, and restrained forms.

“A new release from Michael Doret is like a new flavor of ice cream.” We couldn’t possibly agree more with Mr. Coles. A streamlined, top-heavy display face with a dual personality, Dynascript shifts from hooked-up forms to non-connecting italics—with a flick of the stylistic switch.

Paula Nazal Selaive’s delightfully wispy Dulce is one of a pair of fresh display faces from Latinotype. Don’t let the slightly swollen terminals throw you for a loop—Dulce is sweet, swashy, and oozing with ligature-rific allure.

Also from the Chilean foundry comes Mija, Miguel Hernández’s “vernacular” grotesk. This four-style sans is inspired by the handpainted signs of South America and their beautiful imperfections. The voluptuous curves and ink-trappy details are perfect for headlines, but work surprisingly well in text settings.

The mind-bogglingly prolific Ray Larabie created his infamous Blue Highway font over fifteen years ago. A popular freebie — but plagued with technical problems — it was discontinued and replaced with the more aesthetically robust (and commercial) Expressway family several years later. But go figure … Ray has reintroduced the venerable roadside sans as Blue Highway 5.0—replete with all the “clunkiness” and “goofy charm” of the original.

We love the way Alex Varanese describes Antechamber. From its “unremarkable condensed sans” foundation to the “exaggerated ink traps of dubious functional value” and “haphazardly designed” clogged-counter alternates. Even though the designer downplays the aesthetics, this is still a rather attractive display face. And don’t you dare miss this free font strut its stuff in its very own promotional video.

And now, let’s peel out and race through this week’s news …

Thanks for riding along with us this week. See you next Saturday!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for picking a grand route through this week’s new type.

  • 1. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson Nov 05, 2011

    Extra! Extra! Photos from last night’s opening party for Motaitalics’ Blacklecker: Tasty Fraktur exhibition in Berlin.

    The show features blackletterish awesomeness from talented folk such Corey Holms, Dan Rhatigan, Frank Grießhammer, František Štorm, Jonathan Barnbrook, Just van Rossum, Ken Barber, Miles Newlyn, Tim Ahrens, Underware, Veronika Burian, Zuzana Ličko, and others.

    Tip o’ the typo tuque to Rob Keller for the link.

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