Type News: Momotuhi

It’s another big week of type and news! OK, we’ve kept you waiting long enough, so let’s dive in:

New Type

It all started with a tweet. Nina Stössinger’s Sélavy came to life after an off the cuff request by artist Paul Soulellis relating to his Library of the Printed Web project. Based on the handful of characters found on Marcel Duchamp’s famous “Green Box” — La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même (Boîte verte) — Stössinger extrapolated a complete deco-esque typeface, generously releasing it under an open font license.

With the help of James Todd’s mad digitizing skills, the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry pushed a hefty seven width sans out the factory door this week. Originally released by Hamilton in 1907, HWT Unit Gothic presaged more contemporary type “systems” (like Adrian Frutiger’s expansive Univers) by half a decade. Each style of this eccentric sans has been updated and packed to the Gothic gills with glyphs, Greek and Cyrillic language support included.

Like the name implies, DSType’s Diversa explores the diversity and contrast of styles within the constructs of a single design. Using a stocky, Latin display face as a creative foundation, designers Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal have stuffed nearly 3,000 glyphs into the nine stylistic sets. Among the typographic flavours to be sampled are a barebones sans, a chunky slab, a bracketed serif, stencilled diversions, a whimsical “baroque”, and a hodge-podge set which mixes the whole works together in one feel swoop.

Kyle Steed’s eponymous Steedicons is the latest addition to the growing Symbolset stable. The pitch is “243 Symbols, 370 Keywords, 1 Mustache” drawn in a loose, sketchy style — a welcome change from the usual hypertidy geometry found in most icon font collections.

News

No witty transition: we begin with the sad news that Joseph Churchward has passed away. Here are a couple noteworthy tributes (there are probably others):

Feel free to peruse Churchward’s work in greater depth. It’s well worth your time.

And now, on with our regularly-scheduled programming:

Events

Swarm to some of these upcoming events:

Farewell!

That’s it for this week. We’ll get back to our regular schedule as soon as possible!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for finding all the finds this week!

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