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.

New Type

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.

News

And now, a deliberate curve right into the news:

Apple announced iOS 7 last week; here are a couple type-related highlights:

Events

We’re probably missing events — let us know of others in the comments! — but here are a couple TypeCon-related announcements:

Quit following me

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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