Type News: Make Your Sanity Check
It’s no “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” but we have spooky, scary things in store this week after we bring you new type and the rest of the news.
But first: Congratulations to Erik Spiekermann for being awarded the 2011 Design Prize by the German Design Council.
From Ricardo Esteves Gomes and Outras Fontes comes Alegria, a clever display face with “an infusion of jazz influences.” It’s a friendly typeface, but with the right touch, Alegria could be unsettling.
LeFrançois, by Damien Gautier, feels well-suited for film noir.
Not at all scary or dark, from Veronika Burian and TypeTogether comes Crete Rounded, available exclusively for use on the web.
Speaking of webfonts, in “
@font-face Face-Off,” Graham Bird has put together a handy comparison of eight major webfont-delivery services. Meanwhile, the folks at Sleepover have compiled a table of fonts available on Typekit and suitable for long blocks of text, “The Great Typekit Table”.
Here are some other notable news items:
- Did you miss out on the 26-year run of U&lc from ITC? You’re in luck”fonts.com is making them available in PDF.
- In the latest installment of the •Know Your Type” series on idsgn, Cheryl Yau reintroduces us to Baskerville.
- The Font Bureau has shared some photographs of its “letter-drawing collage” from TypeCon. (Be sure to check out the first installment of Torch, also on this topic.)
- Yves Peters profiles Bold Monday.
- If you’re going to be in Copenhagen on November 19 (well, even if you’re not), you should make arrangements to attend Conceptual Type, a one-day conference with a promising line-up of speakers.
- On December 7, make your way to the Museum of the City of New York for a session on the New York City Subway Map.
- A beautiful memorial to Anthony H. Wilson is set in Rotis.
- This month’s Creative Characters interview is with Jonathan Barnbrook, whose work offers a great segue into…
For the eeriest weekend of the year, here are various things to send chills down your spine or for you to use to frighten others:
- From the “the” project comes a wonderfully creepy definite article for Halloween, complete with the head of Boris Karloff!
- If you are in need of scary type, be sure to check out Yves Peters’ terrifying sequel to the 2008 original.
- Not so much terrifying as just plain strange: the promotional posters for the upcoming film, “What’s the Story?” Morning Glory.
- John Boardley offers a real-world warning about the danger of keming.
- Frighten your friends by sending them an awesome TypeCard.
- Are you into type in movies? Kill some time perusing Stephen Hill’s Movie Title Screens and The Art of the Title Sequence.
- If you’re still looking for a costume, you could dress up as one of these monstrosities. (Or you could go the tame—and cheap—route and celebrate the history of type by making your own paper printer’s hat.)
That’s it for this week. Mortify us with our ignorance by sharing other news in the comments”and have a happy Halloween!
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