Type News: Half-Past a Loonie

It’s Canada Day! — and the 150th Type News. What an auspicious day, eh? Put on your shit-kickers, and let’s get started.

New Type

It seems like ages since we’ve had the pleasure of playing with something new from the brilliant folks at Underware. Well, the wait is over. Sauna Mono adds a quartet of handy, fixed-width styles to their brush-flavoured Sauna family — building on the familiar flair and appealing swashiness of the proportional (and lively) original.

Taking its name from the Slavic word for raspberry, Ksenia Yerulevich’s Malina is a pleasantly plump, single weight display face from the illustrious Art. Lebedev Studio. Upon closer inspection, the casual brush-informed characters seem to be kicking a slight backslant, mainly due to the undulating uprights and playfully organic stroke endings.

Fresh from the ominous sounding Typetanic foundry is a five weight “rational sibling” for Gregory Shutters’ deco-flavoured Transat. Sharing the same geometric underpinnings, Transat Text has been performance-tuned, eccentricity-reduced, and specially-equipped — featuring optically-corrected obliques, an increased x-height, plus a vast assortment of alternates, ligatures, and figure sets.

Giuseppe Salerno’s gestural Starburst embodies an uninhibited calligraphic energy. Originally crafted with a fine-point, oblique nib and pencil, the wispy characters haven‘t been overworked or over-thought — making for a script that’s lightweight, loose, and windswept.

Consisting of three distinct, yet entirely complementary styles, Alianza unifies serif, italic, and script variations into a cohesive system. Each squarish style covers a voluminous nine weight range — while managing to keep the “slab soul” alive throughout. Designers Manuel Eduardo Corradine and Sergio Ramírez have even included three sets of matching ornamental elements.

Combining his interests in historical calligraphy and pop technology, Alejandro Paul has released Rolling Pen — a monolinear connected script that pulls together aspects of precise, ornamented penmanship and minimalist, modern æsthetic. Properly pumped-up with OpenType chutzpah, this single weight script practically overflows with swashes, ligatures, initials, finials, and other typographic treats. In a nod to its techno-vernacular side, the face has been brought to dimensional life in a series of illuminated neon visuals by Tomás García.

News

Feeling gut-foundered? Or maybe just peckish? These links should sate you:

Zee’s Dead, Baby. Zee’s Dead.

It may feel like a light week, but consider it our gift to you: there’s that much more room for poutine, back-bacon, and Kraft Dinner. Maybe next week will feel more like a double double — tune in to find out!

A toque-tip to Grant Hutchinson, that font rat, for another round of new type!

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