Type News: Paraneue Will Destreue
It’s not paranoia, it’s the news! Pay no attention to what lurks in the shadows: let’s head right in.
Two and a half years ago, TypeTogether deliberately teased us by giving away a single weight taste of a serif’d Bree. Designers José Scaglione and Veronika Burian have finally finished polishing up Bree Serif — a fleshed-out slab to complement their sleek sans family. The six weight range shares the same lively, upright forms and slightly condensed stance as the serif-less version. The only thing missing is a set of matching italics. (Hint, hint.) Let’s assume those are already in the works … and we’ll promise to wait patiently.
The concept behind Nikola Kostić’s Bicyclette was to create a balance between curves and angles, gentleness and solidity, elegance and substance. The family contains six weights of moderately extended geometric sans with squat lowercase characters, whose stubbiness is exaggerated by elongated ascenders and descenders. Details have been sanded down just a hair, softening the typeface without obscuring the structural fundamentals (or requiring a name change to “Bicyclette Rounded”).
The first of a pair of releases from Serbia’s Tour de Force is Dušan Jelesijević’s Lasta. This quaint titling face mixes low-contrast engravers-style Romans with a set of “poetic” italics. A diminutive x-height, sharp wedged serifs, and an oddball lowercase rhythm provide a lot of personality in the details.
Also from Tour de Force comes a contrasty hybrid sans by the name of Publio. Jelesijević created minimalist upright and italic styles on a geometric framework, featuring an oblong shapes, triangular “semi-serifs”, and generous counters.
Building on the structural qualities first seen in his Remo Stencil, Thomas Thiemich has recently finished up a seriously complete set of sans for OurType. Combining aspects of the grotesque, humanist, and geometric schools, Thiemich’s Remo provides ten weights worth of uniformly warm and inviting type. It’s stuffed with OpenType niceties, including a generous selection of alternates, as well as a “plus” variation that implements longer ascenders across the board.
Fascinated by the limitations of the pixel, Nicolas Eigenheer explored how rendering curves on the screen could affect typographic forms. The result is Px Grotesk — a hybrid grotesque-style sans that “embeds screen parameters into a classic linear drawing.” The three primary weights — from light to bold — embody the simplifications required in grid-based constructions, especially noticeable in the vertical curves. A deliberate (and obvious) “pixel” cut is supplied as well.
And now, a deliberate curve right into the news:
- Thanks to Dubi Kaufmann’s efforts, we can confirm that birds love type as much as we do.
- Check out this stitched type. (Or is it lettering?)
- Do you write about type and typography? Consider writing for the Typophile blog.
- Joel Brown profiles The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts.
- Add two shirts to the covet list: “Lock-Up” and “Hamilton’s 1892 Specimen,” from — you guessed it! — the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
- While we’re on the topic of the Hamilton, check out these photos of unpacking the press room from the big move.
- Mark Barratt reports on the fifth International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, which recently took place in Cyprus.
- Richard Turgeon explains WebINK’s type classification system.
- Typekit clarified their stance on privacy.
- The folks at Typecast interviewed Edenspiekermann on type, branding, and responsive design, among other topics.
- Those same fine people also interviewed Gareth Hague.
- Ralf Herrmann recommends some type- and lettering-lovers to follow on Instagram.
- Jack John Brown reviews the FontBook app for iOS.
- Stephen Coles answers the question, “Why do many font foundries not provide app / web fonts?”
- Follow (“your”? “a”?) dream & be the next software engineer for Hoefler & Frere-Jones.
- Did you know that Edward Johnston was born in Uruguay? Now you do.
- Monotype has released FontExplorer X Pro 4.0. Yay, software updates!
Apple announced iOS 7 last week; here are a couple type-related highlights:
- Khoi Vinh notices that Apple put Helvetica Neue on a diet.
- John D. Berry calls said light weights nigh-unreadable.
We’re probably missing events — let us know of others in the comments! — but here are a couple TypeCon-related announcements:
- On August 21, Alejandro Paul will give a special presentation.
- The workshop schedule just went live.
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Or not, whatever floats your boat. Next week: the paraneue continues!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for rounding up this week’s new type, if only because of the surveillance cameras I’ve installed around his home.
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