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James Puckett pulls some charming 19th century alphabets into the current timezone with the release of The Becker Gothics. Inspired by the work of American lettering artist George Becker, Puckett has produced a simplified set of five woodtype-flavoured styles — the modified Tuscan being an especially tasty morsel.

According to Corey Holms, a significant number of his typefaces start out as rejected client logos. That’s fortunate for us, as it ultimately opens up his novel constructive approach and æsthetic to a much broader audience. An example of this is Compunabula — five styles worth of interwoven monoline forms, deftly blending its persnickety framework with a bitmap beat.

The first in a pair of fresh faces from the folks at FontFont is a long awaited addition to the popular FF Kievit family. Designers Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan took nearly four years to sweat the serifs of FF Kievit Slab — a robust, nine weight companion to the existing sans sibling.

Billed front and centre as “Ze New Germanetric Sans”, FF Mark is the collaborative masterwork of Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin, and the rest of the talented FontFont type department. Geometric precision and crisp details are delivered throughout the ten weight range — providing an extremely flexible collection of faces that are both headline-ready and text-savvy.

In his original Brooklyn-inspired Brownstone Sans, Alejandro Paul explored the underlying structure of decorative Victorian-era ironwork and architectural ornamentation. Brownstone Slab expands upon that idea with a set of serif’d variations that still follow the monolinear rules, but with a slightly more masculine vibe.

Chock full of “industrial brawn”, Quatie started out as one of the conceptual ideas for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Chatype project. Eventually, Jeremy Dooley dusted off the squat, bracketed slab — refining it into an impressive eight weight, three width superfamily replete with italics and an overall quirky charm.

Ooh la la. Maximiliano Sproviero’s Erotica is a story of extremes. Gracefully merging ample downstrokes with whisper thin flyaways and extravagant hairline embellishments, all the requirements for a “really sexy” copperplate script seem to have been met. The primary design is complemented by an equally sensual inline variation, plus a set of Roman-esque capitals that sport some tempting swashy twists of their own.

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There’s a lot of good stuff in here: I suggest you tread lightly.

Events

It’s go time!

Clever farewell heading

No more cooking — until the next batch, next week!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for being the danger, the one who knocks.

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