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.

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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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