Type News: Not Pervy
Hi! Come on over; let’s hang out and enjoy some news and new type — you know, because we care. A lot.
Four families by four designers for four writing systems. Colvert is a visually harmonious undertaking with subdued “optical continuity” across its Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, and Latin editions. This tidy — and brilliantly cohesive — text face from the Typographies.fr foundry was designed by the talented typographic quadrumvirate of Natalia Chuvatin, Jonathan Perez, Kristyan Sarkis, and Irene Vlachou.
Miguel Hernández’s substantial Tikal Sans attributes some of its style from the ancient Mayan glyph meaning “the spoken word.” The large x-height, curvaceous terminals, distinctive angular strokes, minified counters — and an extremely perky ear on the binocular g — provide a lot of personality in the this twenty face sans from Latinotype.
A self-confessed “child of the seventies,” Laura Worthington pulled out all the bellbottom’d stops for Funkydori. Her latest groovalicious display face comes with a swinging set of swash alternates, ligatures, ornaments, and an unconnected titling style.
The structural inspiration for Massif came from Steve Matteson’s attempt to “capture the Sierra Nevada terrain in two dimensional letterform designs”. The stone-cut character of the strokes and the natural, organic curves give this six weight sans a unique, “un-neutral” personality — from the “twig-like” thins to the irrepressible bolds.
To finish up this week’s new type, Galen Lawson dishes up Blancmange — a pair of flavourful, upright headliners. This compact display face comes stuffed full of tasty swashes, loopy alternates, delectable ligatures, and other typographic condiments.
Yum! Let’s move on to the after-dinner drinks, I mean, the news:
- The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum needs your help! Heavy rain this week left the museum “with an inch of standing water.”
- This Greta Sans type system specimen is pretty amazing.
- Would you look at that, fonts.com has been redesigned! Chris Cashdollar and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss how it came to be.
- Foundry Types finally has a web presence!
- Tim Ahrens takes a closer look at font rendering.
- Watch “Four-Hand Typography,” featuring Veronika Burian and José Scaglione.
- Meagan Fisher shares some techniques for using novelty fonts.
- Nathan Ford walks us through macrotypography and readability for the web.
- Trent Walton shows how to texturize web type using CSS.
- Chris Coyier explores viewport-sized typography.
- James Puckett reviews Type Matters.
- One Two One Two Microphone Check interviews Tim Brown.
- Daniel Eden has created Just My Type, a collection of lovely webfont stacks.
- Neil Bennet interviews Bruno Maag about Nokia Pure.
- Now available for pre-order at Amazon is The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery. Monotype has developed two typefaces to accompany the book — and they’re free for download when you buy it.
- Hahahaha, fonts are funny! Ha.
- Richard Rutter is featured in “Ampers-Fan,” Alistair Sooke’s account of the history of &.
- Are you a graphic designer? Do you want a dog? Here are some potentially appropriate names to consider.
Let’s put this week’s calendar items in reverse chronological order:
- Wednesdays from June 6 until August 1, join Andy Clymer to learn font production at the Cooper Union.
- Join Ilene Strizver at the Type Directors Club for a Gourmet Typography Workshop on May 24.
- Applications for the Explorations in Typography student award can be submitted until May 15. What are you waiting for?
Whew. Plenty to read, and plenty to do! Until next week, we bid you, “Ta-ta!”
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for caring enough to bring us this week’s new type.
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