Type News: Hairline
It’s a light week, but there’s still plenty to take in. Welcome to this week’s Type News:
Andron MC isn’t Leipzig-based Andreas Stötzner’s rapper pseudonym. The “MC” stands for “middlecase” — a fine-tuned set of glyphs that sit comfortably between the uppercase and lowercase of his classically Roman (and increasingly voluminous) Andron family. Capital, uncial, and medieval case combinations support full Latin, Greek, Coptic, and Gothic language ranges.
Schizotype’s lively Pastiche Brush takes it’s inspiration from hand-rendered film titles produced by designer Wayne Fitzgerald in the late 1950s. Dave Rowland has applied his OpenType tricks with care and precision, providing up to three variations for each letter in the face. The contextual alternates automatically cycle the glyphs in a “pseudo-random manner” — adding a realistic, loose-lettered kick to the baseline.
A future-flavoured hybrid combining “biomorphic,” minimalist, and humanist elements. That’s a very precise way to describe Biome — Carl Crossgrove’s sans “hyperfamily.” From the capillary-like extra light to the gravitational pull of the ultra bold, Biome’s seven, display-savvy weights are supplied in three widths — 42 styles in all. It’s like organic architecture meeting up with experimental soft-serve … and then having lots to talk about.
From futurism to the news, which begins with some history:
- Ramiro Espinoza takes a close look at Amsterdam’s curly letters.
- Trent Walton shares his approach to fluid type on the web.
- Armin Vit reviews the new logo for the University of the Arts London — and expresses his hatred for Helvetica.
- Meet the Paige Compositor.
- FontShop is looking for a part-time design assistant.
- Meena Kadri showcases the Hinglish Project.
- Jessie Schiewe wonders whether it’s time for a typewriter renaissance.
- Help make this year’s TypeCon awesome by volunteering.
- Enjoy this video on the New York Types Letterpress Exhibition.
- Grain Edit profiles the work of Jesse Ragan.
- Check out these photos from the New York City Municipal Archives.
- Say goodbye to widows with Nathan Ford’s Widow Tamer.
- Yves Peters returns with a fresh edition of ScreenFonts.
- Mobstr has an impressive collection of words and letters.
- Tina Roth Eisenberg shares some lovely typographic Viennese facades.
Events? We has ’em.
- HOW Design Live, wraps up Monday, in Boston.
- June 29 – July 1 is “Beyond Ink.”
- Early registration for TypeCon ends June 30. It’s happening in the bar city of the year.
- Type Design Week 2012 takes place July 29 – August 3.
And with that, we’ve breezed through another week. Enjoy your summer!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for this week’s new type hat-trick.
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