Type News: Okay Moon

No lunacy here — it’s just the 110th anniversary of the release of Le Voyage dans la lune. Let’s go!

Les Nouvelles polices

Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy — otherwise known as Poland’s Hipopotam Studio — set out to give their latest face “a feeling of a primary school handwriting.” Mrs White is a happy, monolinear script with a controlled — but still casual — upright structure and a childlike casualness. And because we don’t always remember the rules, some smart automatic substitution replaces consecutively typed script capitals with much tidier (and more typographically appropriate) small caps.

Those busy kids at Bold Monday have just put the finishing touches on version 4.0 of Nitti — Pieter van Rosmalen’s grotesque-inspired monospace’r. Finally outfitted with a nifty set of italics, the five weight family has been in the shop for some detail work on the Roman styles as well.

Channeling a handful of features found in iconic display type from the 1970s, Frank Baranowski’s Journal 74 is flavourfully retro — with a few surprises. The Bookman-ish swashes and the teardrop terminals reminiscence of ITC American Typewriter mix it up with some fresh, freestyle letterforms — giving the regular and bold weights a unique, hand-inked quality. A tasteful selection of ligatures are just gravy on the cake.

Serbian foundry Tour de Force has released a tidy, semi-flared serif by Slobodan Jelesijević. The four weight Vezus features sharp, angular joinery and a number of interlocking discretionary ligatures. Feel like giving it a test drive? You can download the light weight for free.

While we’re on the topic of free … House Industries has revamped and re-released House Slant. If you set your wayback machine to party like it’s 1999, you’d find the original brushwork freebie tucked away in their popular Sign Painter collection. Sporting a fresh coat of expanded language primer and the benefit of “over 13 years of Ken Barber’s hindsight,” this face is now ready for both print and web. And speaking of the web … the live-text specimen page blew us off the scaffold. As Nick Sherman tweeted earlier in the week “I think it’s safe to say we have now entered the age of the web-based type specimen.” We’d have to agree.

Strange discoveries

We’re hurtling into the future at an alarming rate — who knows what we’ll find?

Tick-tock goes the clock

Hurry! We’ll need to take some giant leaps to get to these goings-on:

Run away and throw a parade

That’s it for this week. Compliments? Complaints? Contempt? Let us know about it in the comments.

Merci, Grant Hutchinson, for taking us another fantastical tour of new type!

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