Type News: Mr. President

It’s hot, it’s August. Let’s chill with this week’s news and new type!

Look who just moved into the Village. We’ll admit to doing a double-take when we first spotted Ondrej Jób’s Doko. This solid, calligraphic serif props a few nods to hand-lettering and illustration—like our favourite faces from the Underware boys. Equally at home in both text and display settings, Doko conveys a wide range of tone and expression—an impressive accomplishment, given that there’s only four styles in the entire family.

Using the single weight of his chunky CA Cula Superfat as a starting point, Cape Arcona’s Thomas Schostok has expanded CA Cula into a fully outfitted text family. The four new weights in this compact, easy-reading sans maintain the smooth, low contrast uniformity and “denaturalized ink traps” of the original display face. Intrigued? You can download CA Cula Light absolutely free.

Following up on last year’s release of classically proportioned Pona, Barcelona-based Tipografies recently completed a luscious display version. Pona Display is an elegant, meticulously detailed six weight typeface with sensitive italics. Small caps, multiple figure styles, and significant language support are amongst the OpenType features in this face. Perpetuating what appears to be a common theme this week, there’s also a free demo version of the book weight available.

Coche is a bit of a departure for the dynamic typographic duo of Angel Koziupa and Alejandro Paul. Yes, it’s a connected display script with plenty of chutzpah. And yes, it’s loaded to the gills with alternates — something we’ve come to expect from the Sudtipos foundry. But it’s also rather squat, at least compared to previous Koziupa and Paul collaborations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. One of most striking features of Coche are the small caps. When combined with the lowercase, you end up with a very flexible unicase semi-script.

Last of all, we have Martín Sommaruga’s Rambla, his fresh take on a unassuming, humanist sans. The three weights and matching italics feature airy letterspacing, a generous x-height, and compact descenders. This combination makes for a highly readable, space-saving text family.

And now it’s time to chew on this week’s news:

That’s it for this week. Have an itch? Scratch it in the comments!

Thanks, Grant Hutchinson, for fetching this week’s new type and for so carefully laying it at our feet!

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