Type News: Pickle all the things!

Pucker up and get your mason jars! Type, news, and non sequiturs won’t pickle themselves.

Bread and butter type

The experimental nature of Felix Braden’s Rollmops throws buckets of water in the face of traditional handwritten (or constructed) scripts. Playing with the concept of a strip of paper that has been folded to create a continuous series of characters, this heavily stylized display face gives a sharp, linear twist to common calligraphic principals.

Viktoriya Grabowska’s lively lettering can be found alive and well in a pair of recent releases through Sorkin Type and the Google Web Fonts juggernaut. Fruktur mixes an upright, blackletter-esque structure with some playfully modulated — almost cartoonish — strokes.

The second fresh number from Grabowska is the energetically named Kavoon — a single weight experimental display face. Although it shares the same lighthearted “brushiness” and condensed stance as Fruktur, it definitely crossed over from the serif side of the street.

Also showing up in the Google showroom this week was Eben Sorkin’s latest extension to his extremely readable and screen-savvy Merriweather family. More than two years after announcing the original project and releasing the inaugural Roman style, Merriweather Sans adds four low-contrast, comfortable text weights.

Chilean newcomer Paty Bean presents Handy Cut — a spontaneous and charming display type based on hand-torn paper. The design is childlike, naïve, and full of typographic whimsy — including dozens of alternates and a set of matching dingbats.

Kicking out some serious headline jam, Rui Abreu’s Azo Sans Uber is the newest addition to his popular geometric family. Featuring exaggerated optical adjustments and a handful of “flary” alternates, this beefy single weight adds quite a bass-line to the baseline.

Wrapping up this week’s new type is Steven Bonner’s Langdon. Commissioned as a free download for one of his client’s customers, this straight-up, condensed industrial sans comes with a limited, but flexible contingent of characters. Solid and shadow variations of the uppercase and numerals are accompanied by a basic set of punctuation and other glyphs — sporting several unique details.

Brined news

These links will keep longer when heavily salted. Trust us, you’ll need that extra preserving power.

Dill events

A special delivery from the scheduling stork!

  • Kerning, an international conference on typography, takes place May 2–3 in Faenza, Italy.
  • Then make haste across the Atlantic for Pencil to Pixel, an exhibition of work for Monotype in New York, May 3–9.
  • While you’re in New York, learn about web typography with a crash course on May 4.
  • Meander back east to Cardiff for HybridConf, August 14–16.

Gherkin you later!

Wait, what?

Well, this is quite a pickle we’ve gotten ourselves into.

We’re done for this week. Until next time, have fun chasing grasshoppers out of Finland.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for all his type-canning this week!

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