Type News: Metal-Cast Dinkurisms

A lucky number of new typefaces, combined with some number of news items equals lots of good things at the beginning of the week. Behold:

New Type

Ján Filípek’s Preto Serif is a natural accompaniment to his existing Preto Sans family. Designed from the outset to be part of a sizeable type system (including an upcoming semi-serif version), this face contains uniquely spiked serifs, angular stroke transitions, persnickety optical adjustments, and language specific ligatures and alternates.

Fresh from the Exljbris foundry is Jos Buivenga’s Tenso, a five weight sans with more than just a few “hints of grotesque”. Pinched and angled stroke endings and a lightly condensed stance are matched with an aggressively sloped, yet uncompromisingly sexy, set of italics.

We’re always pleased to find a new face hanging out at the Lost Type Co-op and this past week was no exception. Klinic Slab is another multi-weight workhorse by co-operative regular Joe Prince. The clean (and nearly monoline) four weight family features a large assortment of ligatures, unpretentious small caps, ball-terminalia amidst the numerics, and some delightful italic detailing.

Just over two years ago, Paul Barnes released Dala Floda — an elegant (and arguably innovative) display stencil. Now with Dala Moa, he gives us more than just a sans companion to the serif’d original. Yes, they share the same underlying structural elements and take visual cues from both Renaissance forms and eroded stonecut lettering. However, this new sister family “diverges into the upright humanist tradition” with its less-intense italic styles and a larger, eight weight range.

Voluptuous and delicate do not have to be mutually exclusive traits. Case in point is Salomé — where hairline and curvaceous strokes mix and mingle, swell and confine, contrast and couple. This titillating titling face comes fully fleshed in stencil, display, and “Decó” variations — with plenty of hot, ligatured action to spare.

In creating Bulo Rounded, designer Jordi Embodas (with the help of Noe Blanco), set out to provide a softer, warmer version of Bulo for Barcelona’s Tipografies foundry. Specifically, they delivered “a real rounded” face — not just softening the ends of the monolinear strokes, but also smoothing out every nook, cranny, counter, and notch throughout this five weight condensed sans.

The latest collaborative effort between the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and Buffalo’s P22 is mostly straight, definitely square, and “curious angled”. HWT Geometric revives six styles of late 19th century charm from the archives. Typeco’s James Grieshaber digitized and expanded the original set of cuts to include a regular weight of the condensed width, plus a pair of even heavier “Shopworn” styles.

News

This week might look light on links, but rest assured: there’s plenty of there there.

Cast off!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading; see you soon!

Thanks, too, to Grant Hutchinson for wrangling all of this week’s new type!

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