Type News: Pretty in Pink
Flushed from another week of gathering the news and finding new type, here we go with Type News number ninety! Let’s jump right in:
Under the direction of Commercial Type’s Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, the voluminous Guardian has been significantly expanded by the hand of Berton Hasebe. Three new space-saving widths have been added to the humanist headline sans — specifically narrow, condensed, and extra condensed flavours. Each fresh subset comes fully furnished in nine weights with italics. Also provided is an impressive overview specimen, providing a thoroughly comprehensive abstract of the entire Guardian Sans Headline range.
While we’re on the topic of typeface updates, Type Together has just pushed the “go” button on Adelle Sans — a stylistic counterpart to Veronika Burian’s award-winning Adelle. This seven weight family provides a “cleaner and more spirited take” on the grotesque sans category, including coordinating italics and proportions appropriate when paired with its slab serif’d sister. There’s even a set of super clean icons supplied as stylistic alternates.
Also from Type Together comes Alisa Nowak’s Eskapade Fraktur — an experimental blackletter consisting of rigidly formatted angles and strokes, while still maintaining a energetic lightness. The upright roman and Sütterlin-influenced script italic both include an additional set of decorative capitals.
Originally released in 1930, Amsterdam Type Foundry’s quirkily geometric Indépendant typeface forms the basis for Terry Wudenbachs’ 2012 revival. P22 CoDependent is an accurate recreation, featuring solid and shadow styles that can be set separately, or combined for graphically two-tone, Art Deco effects.
Göran Söderström’s second release through Letters from Sweden is the oblongated and “interrupted” Trim. Directly influenced by the truncated diagonals found in the letterforms of Knud V. Engelhardt — most notably in faces such as Skilt Gothic — Söderström trimmed things further by slicing bits and pieces off nearly every single character in this seven-weight family.
The expressive Selva is what the designer Gunnar Link calls his “contemporary interpretation of the textura style.” Four weights of ultra-compact and display-savvy blackletter, with subtle calligraphic nods to Chinese-flavoured scripts.
- Keith Houston is looking for approval — or rather, for the origins of the ‘approval’ curl.
- Patrick Barber reviews Just My Type for Typographica.
- Thomas Phinney is working on a revival of Columbus and is looking for samples of its companion italic face, American Italic. He just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this work. And he’s looking for an intern — with all that’s going on, he could sure use the help!
- Speaking of making typefaces, check out these test proofs and drawings of Gill Sans.
- John Boardley asks, “How can one create marginalia when there are no margins?” Bring back big margins!
- The FontFeed covers Dalton Maag’s Nokia Pure and its recent award.
- These are some lovely pieces of architectural stationery.
- Stephen Coles has compiled “Potentially Useful Answers to Typography Questions” on Quora. He also has a collection of “Short Phrases for Typeface Specimens” up on Listgeeks.
- Swoon! Molly Ringwald is into type!
- The Descriptive Camera is descriptive.
- Copy editors take on the porn industry (safe for work, even).
- Meet Shifticons, an à la carte icon webfont service from those clever folks at Weightshift.
- The Font Bureau is preparing to make its Readability Series typefaces available as a part of its retail library.
- A Typekit subscription will be included in a subscription to the imminent Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Johnny Holmes has created a lovely decorative Bodoni.
- Win a ticket to TYPO Berlin 2012.
- Be sure to watch (and listen to) Nadine Roßa talk about the Eszett.
- Celebrate the type of Toronto — and learn about it, too!
- Creative Characters interviews Dieter Hofrichter.
Update your schedules with these upcoming events:
- On May 2, make your way to the George Street Apple Store in Sydney for Type Cast.
- Type Americana 2 is next weekend (May 4–6) in Seattle. There’s still time to register!
- May 7–11 is Creative Week New York.
- Stephen Coles will speak at the Berlin Creative Mornings event on May 25.
- Take part in an evening with Kapitza on May 30 at the St. Bride Foundation, in London.
Finally, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Bill Jones of Virgin Wood Type, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Get well soon!
See you next week!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for braving a bunch of Nadsat-speakers to bring us this week’s new type!
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