Type News: Hwæt-Out

Bring your shovel, a front passed through and unleashed something more than a flurry of activity this week. Help us dig out from a dozen new typefaces, webfont madness, and a literal (OK, not literally literal) news whiteout.

For webfont nerds, the big news this week is once again @font-face. Ethan Dunham has uncovered a fiendishly simple syntax and updated Font Squirrel—including its wonderful generator—to take advantage of it. This comes just days after it seemed that Richard Fink’s Mo’ Bulletproofer syntax was poised to become the most browser-compatible approach. Ethan is still testing his implementation; please let him know if you run into any problems with it.

In other webfont news, Google’s service doesn’t work correctly in Internet Explorer. The Web FontFont User Guide has been updated. There is a Typophile thread on webfonts and EPUB. And Arc90 has released a new version of Readability, which is now a full-fledged service (and not just a JavaScript bookmarklet). Nice Web Type has more on the implications of the new Readability.

Lest your attention drift too far, let’s check out this huge mass of new type!

Panefresco specimen

The prolific and illustrious Chank has strayed out of his comfortable typographic yard with Panefresco, a “custom font for teachers”. Built on the bones of the open source Titillium project, Panefresco adds proper italics and modifies the uprights into a clean, complete sans family. According to Mr Diesel, Panefresco is a “personal attempt to help unify the differences between handwritten and typographic letterforms […] not to teach kids a new handwriting style, but to instead to make typographic fonts more handwriting-inspired.” Nicely done.

Muncie specimen

The Lost Type Co-op was instigated by designers Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin to produce an all-caps, condensed sans typeface oozing with factory floor vernacular—in just 24 hours. Good on them. Although the sturdy looking Muncie could benefit from a bit of kerning and spacing love, they did manage to produce it in a day … and it is free.

Cortina specimen

Cortina isn’t a new design, but it has been out of circulation for several years. Rather than kick an old font to the curb, Joachim Müller-Lancé OpenType’d this unwaveringly angular display face with some new metrics, outline refinements, and class kerning. Interested in Cortina’s conceptual backchannel? The PDF specimen goes into some delightfully esoteric details.

Delight Script specimen

Speaking of delightful, the first fresh face of the year from Sudtipos has arrived. Angel Koziupa gives a nod to mid-century advertising type with the upright Delight Script. As with all Koziupa designs that Alejandro Paul lays his mitts on, there’s a boatload of alternates accompanied by some savvy OpenType finesse.

Clip specimen

Moving right along, we go from script to Clip. Taking obvious inspiration from the humble fastener, Ondrej Jób’s wonderfully loopy display face goes beyond simple homage to the office supply. We’re talking three weights, multiple discretionary ligatures and stylistic alternates, ornamental swash caps, old style figures, plus an assortment of scripty “wordbats”. We advise you to take Typographica’s advice and “dump your drawer full of paperclip fonts now.”

Gustan specimen

Apparently, it’s not possible to go more than a few days without a significant release from the folks over at Village. This week we were impressed by the tidiness of Lux Typographics’ Gustan, a flexible sans family covering eight weights from thin to extra black.

Plau specimen

That’s a lot of fonts, but sometimes one is just enough. Plau is Rodrigo Saiani’s comfortable, single weight sans featuring soft-edged forms and generous letterspacing.

Bertolessi specimen

Bertolessi has enough dangling swashables and superfluous filigree to make us forget about ever using Davida again.

Lindemann Sans specimen

The distinct and unexpected flavour of Lindemann Sans is rooted in designer Chad Lindemann’s application of the golden ratio through the typeface. It’s a modern geometric sans built on an arguably different grid, packed with OpenType niceties.

Rock Serif and Sans specimens

Bold Monday and Mike Abbink have created Rock Serif and Rock Sans, a corporate superfamily for NBCUniversal. The serif is a fascinating mix of sans serif and Copperplate Gothic, and the sans feels like it would fit in comfortably at any point in the television age. Now, about that word mark

Lorimer specimen

James Puckett’s Lorimer was inspired by “inscriptions in the yard of New York’s historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery” … how positively poetic. A gothic sans with grotesque leanings, unexpected details, and a “curious K”.

Bhang specimen

Finishing off with a Bhang, Storm Type Foundry’s family of five brushlike display faces recalls the rustic, hand-lettered signage found in India. Want more Bhang for your buck? You can download and play with Bhang Strong for free.

As if twelve typefaces weren’t enough, here’s a heaping pile of news to go along with them:

Finally, Michael Ciancio laments the lack of special characters in English. Þis wouldn’t be such æn issue if ðe Latinists hadn’t interfered, yogh.

That’s the news for this week, or at least as far as we’ve been able to plow. Let us know what we missed in the comments.

The new type keeps coming, and Grant Hutchinson keeps digging out as beautifully as can be. Thanks for that!

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