Type News: O Fortuna

Watch where you step! This week we’re going straight to the new type.

The dynamic type noodling duo of Alejandro Paul and Angel Koziupa describe Viento as an “evolution, devolution and revolution” of Brisa, one of their earlier collaborations. Viento retains the casual energy of Brisa — but the smooth, sinewy strokes have been left outside to weather, punched up with ligatures, and blasted full of extended language support.

Basile is the final product of Darío Manuel Muhafara’s lengthy journey learning chancery handwriting in Argentina’s Roballos-Naab studio. Originally selected by Tipos Latinos in 2008, Basile has been gradually developed into a more complete family of typefaces including italics, swashes, initials, and terminals sets.

Mark my riječi … there will come a day when you’ll need a historical Croatian script. Looking back, you’ll be awfully glad that Typonine had the forethought to make their Glagolitic font available as a free download. Apsolutno.

Brian Bonislawsky boldly goes where the clarendon style has occasionally gone before with Ultra, a beefy and woodtypsy display face with serifs the size of tree stumps. And yes, it just happens to be another open source release from the Google.

We covered the initial release of Eben Sorkin’s extremely readable and screen-savvy Merriweather back in December. Since then it has gained some weight in the light, bold, and heavy departments — and the original regular style has been spruced up as well. According to Eben, the promised italics are still coming and apparently a sans variation is in the works.

Based on a big, bad geometric sans, Idler consists of two primary styles that can be combined and layered with four additional flavours of “shade weights.” A simple concept, nicely executed by designer Mark Butchko. As an added bonus, Idler also stars in its own music video.

Some of this week’s new type is absolutely beautiful. Is any of it perfect? Probably not — in which case these new typefaces are in good company. Paul Shaw guides us through 23 “flawed” typefaces, many of which are household names. For another take on one of these typefaces, be sure to read “Details can be important,” by Jean François Porchez.

Webfonts are as always in the news and made an appearance at this year’s Google I/O — learn from David Wurtz, Daved Kuetttel, Raph Levien, and Darren Glenister why webfonts are changing the web. Virus Fonts has joined the smashing webfont service Fontdeck. Be sure to check out “Language Is a Virus” to see what’s in store. Trent Walton and Dave Rupert have created FitText, which scales text based on device width. (Use with caution!)

And now for the rest of this week’s news:

  • Sam Berlow is braving fast-food chains for Fonts in Use, all for the sake of some lovely uses of type.
  • Typetoken is an intriguing new online magazine about type, typography, and related topics.
  • Sarah Williams recounts a visit to House Industries.
  • 158 Answers features Type Media postgraduate students’ interviews of famous type designers. It’s available from Typtheque in print and 3 digital formats. And the interview with René Knip is available for free online.
  • Tim Brown writes about “Granjon’s descendants.”
  • Hoefler & Frere-Jones are sharing some humorous and inspiring lists on Listgeeks.
  • StockandFonts.com, a new service from FontHaus, offers a subscription model for stock photography and fonts. (Since everything is referred to as an “image,” though, it’s hard to tell how it’s supposed to work when it comes to fonts.)
  • Deutche Welle interviews Erik Spiekermann. So does Listgeeks!
  • Lexadecimal showcases hexadecimal color values that can be transliterated into real six-letter words. There are some great words in the list, but sadly missing is my favorite: #b00b00.
  • Check out Typomapp, a new location-based iOS app that “helps you discover new things about typography.” It looks like fun.
  • The Origin of the Serif” is mildly amusing and inexplicably in Flash.
  • On the job front, Dalton Maag is looking to fill positions in London. And Typekit is looking for a couple people to join its team, including — how intriguing! — a “Foundry Development Manager.”
  • Galerie Anatome in Paris is putting on an exhibition on Futura until
    July 23.
  • It’s not too early to register for Matthew Carter’s “Genuine Imitations: A Type Designer’s View of Revivals,” July 18 at the Cooper Union.
  • Speaking of Type@Cooper, the upcoming public workshop schedule looks promising, with sessions from Andy Clymer, John Downer, and Ken Barber.
  • Finally, John Boardley returns with another boffo installment of “The Week in Type” for I Love Typography.

That’s it for this week’s news. Did we miss something big? Know of something we should cover next week? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for covering this week’s new type!

  • 1. David Sleight’s avatar David Sleight May 13, 2011

    Really liking the way the heavier weights of Merriweather are shaping up.

  • 2. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson May 13, 2011

    Eben has been doing a spectacular job on Merriweather … I can‘t wait to see how he plans on developing the italics going forward. Also, the character set still needs an ‘œ’ diphthong.

  • 3. frode frank’s avatar frode frank May 16, 2011

    Flawed Typefaces, correct link:
    http://imprint.printmag.com/typography/flawed-typefaces/

  • 4. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson May 18, 2011

    Whoopsie. Thanks for pointing out that error, Frode. The link has been updated in the post.

  • 5. Erik Vorhes’s avatar Erik Vorhes May 18, 2011

    I hang my head in shame on providing a broken link. Thanks for tracking the correct one down, Frode! :)

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