Type News: Intro to Dalmatian

Welcome to the Type News! It’s been a more-than-spotty week for me when it comes to having internet access but we’re still here and powering on. Let’s meet our latest class of new type!

The much anticipated serif’d addition to Georg Seifert’s versatile Graublau family has arrived. Like its sans predecessor, Graublau Slab is contemporary and clean, but only slightly more serious. It conveniently shares the same seven weight range and large glyph complement as the sans family, along with Central European and Cyrillic language support.

TipoType’s Sedán is a deceptively articulate text face built with classical bones and stylish chutzpah. A simple, three style family consisting of Roman, italic, and small capitals — each with their own delightfully expressive details and charm.

Billed as a headline type for “protest writing”, Benoît Bodhuin’s modular Marianne is much more than just a pretty, outspoken face. Inline, outline, and solid variations of this linear display sans are meant to be combined, stacked, and otherwise rallied together in support of the visual cause. Extensive use of stylistic alternates and some very distinctive ligatures further “demonstrate” this typeface’s versatility.

Oh, my Aachen head! Jim Wasco has taken Colin Brignall’s trusty bracketed slab on a journey from dry-transfer lettering and burnisher’s elbow to the world of webfonts and beyond — with a number of interesting stops along the way. Using the original bold and medium weights as an inspirational template, Wasco developed Neue Aachen into an embiggened nine weight family sporting true italics, ligatures, a binocular ‘g’, and other OpenType niceties.

We always enjoy taking delivery of another package from the Photo-Lettering warehouse. Listed on this week’s invoice is Norton Tape — S. E. Norton’s office supply inspired stencil. Keeping things to a bare minimum, this chromatically inclined display face features just a handful of useful alternates.

The unflappable Filmotype revival continues with a trio of tasty scripts. Filmotype Jamboree kicks things off in typically casual 1960s style. Stuart Sandler’s digitization of this informal, upright pen script is nattily attired in updated OpenType threads, including extended language support, automatic fractions, plus plenty of contextual alternates and special endings.


Our last two releases are classic, condensed scripts brought back to life by Argentine type machine, Alejandro Paul. Whereas Filmotype Yukon is based on connected “Palmer-style” penmanship, Filmotype Zephyr combines similarly elegant, high-contrast forms with wonderfully ball-terminal’d italic lowercase. Interestingly enough, both faces share a common set of calligraphic capitals.

[Where’s the transition to the news?]

Hello, calendar, how was your week?

And with that we must bid adieu. There’s no homework, so enjoy your week!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for schooling us in this week’s new typefaces.

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