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:

Let’s put this week’s calendar items in reverse chronological order:

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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