Type News: MoMA Said Knock You Out

Helvetica doesn’t need to feel lonely any more. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired 23 typefaces for its collection. The New York Times has some decent coverage. Jason Kottke asked Jonathan Hoefler about the process of acquiring the typefaces. MetaFilter has a thread on what their designers look like. Congratulations to the typefaces—and their designers—for this prestigious honor.

There are plenty of other typefaces that ought to join the MoMA’s collection. And who knows! maybe some of this week’s new type will wind up there, too. First, a quick message from the “Hiding Right Under Our Nose” department…

Tiempos Headline specimen

A “quiet launch” is definitely quiet when we completely miss any mention of it the first time around. Just prior to wowing us with his extensions to Founders Grotesk last week, the mighty Kris Sowersby managed to add some tasty italics to Tiempos Headline as well. Who knew?

Sforzando specimen

Brazil’s PintassilgoPrints is likely better known for their playful, hand-drawn faces. Their latest creation is Sforzando, a chunky pile of all-caps, display faces. Three heavy weights. Tons of alternates.

Aramara Chromatic specimen

It’s the typographic equivalent of a double rainbow. Aramara Chromatic is a stout, yet lively serif, specific designed to be creativity layered and drenched in color.

Springsteel Serif specimen

Springsteel Serif is Jan Schmoeger’s companion to its sans serif cousin, Springsteel. Sporting the same contoured strokes as the sans, Springsteel Serif is a pleasant—if not slightly unusual—take on the slab text family.

Pollen specimen

Subtle calligraphic forms. Informal, personable charm. Three basic weights. This describes Pollen, Eduardo Berliner’s new typeface for Type Together. Roman, italic, and bold. What more could you possibly need?

Supria Sans specimen

Hannes von Döhren’s Supria Sans is not just another retake of your standard issue grotesque. This impressive superfamily covers two widths, six weight variations, and three styles—including an arguably mundane oblique and an intriguingly curvaceous italic.

Gabriel Sans specimen

You can spot hints of Futura as well as several flavours of grotesque peeking out from behind the wide-ish geometry of Fontfabric’s Gabriel Sans. Six weights, plus italics.

The MoMA acquisitions and these new typefaces aren’t all the news, of course. Here are some other items of interest:

That’s it for this week—or so we think! Please let us know what we overlooked in the comments.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for his coverage of another monster week of new type.

  • 1. Erik Vorhes’s avatar Erik Vorhes Jan 28, 2011

    I forgot to mention that today is John Baskerville’s birthday. He’d be a spry 305 years old.

  • 2. John Boardley’s avatar John Boardley Jan 28, 2011

    I don’t understand this ‘quiet launch’ thing. Kris draws really superb italics. he or Village should be shouting about them.

  • 3. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson Jan 28, 2011

    I agree with you John. If I hadn’t trundled back through my Twitter foundries list looking for additional tidbits this past week, I wouldn’t have found anything regarding the release as all. From the rooftops, y’all!

  • 4. Erik Vorhes’s avatar Erik Vorhes Jan 28, 2011

    Shelby White has provided a link for a larger version of Typefaces of the World.

  • 5. pauldhunt’s avatar pauldhunt Jan 28, 2011

    You forgot to mention that you can get the Regular and Regular Italic of Supria Sans for FREE from MyFonts through the end of February.

    http://www.myfonts.com/specials/8163/

  • 6. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson Jan 30, 2011

    Good one, Paul. Thanks for the reminder. That’s a lovely pair of faces to be able to nab for nothing.

  • 7. Simon Robertson’s avatar Simon Robertson Jan 30, 2011

    Thanks Paul – I missed that!

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