Type News: Reversed Rotated Floral Heart Bullet
A week of love and Lent and type and news: it’s all here!
Chester Jenkins’ architecturally inspired Brooklyn and its subdivided sibling Brooklyn Stencil have finally hit the streets after years of client exclusivity. Each variation of this “octagonal sans” consists of five rigidly constructed weights, along with properly tweaked obliques and a handful of alternate forms.
Expanding on his modernized majuscule script Rieven Uncial, Steven Skaggs has released the complementary Rieven Roman. Favouring Venetian style over uncial form, the Roman and italic can sit nicely alongside their predecessor. This is partly due to the sharing of several glyphs between the two families, but there’s also a similar application of calligraphic modulation and detail.
We love the fact that Wood Type Revival’s name says exactly what they do. They revive wood type. To that point, their latest revival is Cosmopolitan — a bold, connected script that’s trying really hard to look more sophisticated than it really is. This charmingly irregular display face originated with the Morgans & Wilcox Manufacturing Co. in the late 1800s. As with all WTR faces, you can choose between a lovingly redrawn regular style or a distressed version, with a century’s worth of replicated bumps and bruises.
Elena Schneider’s multiscript Eskorte is a workhorse text face focused on clarity and “a crisp, businesslike tone.” With Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and comprehensive Latin support, this family covers a huge range of languages out of the box — with a stylistic cohesiveness across the flexible four weight range. The Latin italics possess a liveliness and fluidity, reflecting the graceful dance of the Arabic forms.
Have you ever really, really really read these links?
- The FontShop blog steams things up with its “Typographic Turn-On” series: “Contextual Alternate Lifestyles,” “Sexy Swashes,” “Baby I’m Kerning,” “The Language of Love,” and “The DL.”
- If you have a webcam and a recent version of Opera, Chrome, or another browser that supports
getUserMedia, you’ll get a kick out of Marko Dugonjić’s demonstration of real-time responsive typography.
- Robert Hooman documents the NYC DOT sign shop team.
- Take a few minutes to watch The Alphabet, a short film by David Lynch.
- I Love Typography features Martina Flor and Giuseppe Salerno’s Lettering vs. Calligraphy.
- Erik van Blokland calculates the number of photons reflecting off a letterform.
- Learn jobs and letters with this Occupational Alphabet.
- Kevin Cocquio celebrates letters on Club Lettreurs.
- Sarah Pavis shows us how to add some vinegar to your love(less) life.
- Relive the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius by learning to differentiate localized Cyrillic forms.
- Provide editorial feedback in plain text using Critic Markup Language.
- Nick Sherman presents a list of less-prestigious work of credible type designers.
- One of those works is Comic Sans, defended by Michael Stevens.
- Debbie Millman counts the ways.
- Play with and learn about Bézier curves.
- Meet Costa again, for the first time.
- Dan Eden takes a look at some famous type twins.
- Björk and Woody Guthrie won Grammy Awards for album packaging.
- Sean Mitchell shares his list of beautiful typefaces released in January.
- Get a load of Sharp Sans, coming soon from Pagan and Sharp.
- See what Adobe has been up to in an effort to support the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
- If you love ampersands as much as I do, you’ll love the TypeCon2013 conference theme.
We’ve got it going on!
- February 23–24 is the last opportunity to help the Hamilton move.
- Join Charles Nix for “Your First (Typographic) eBook,” March 22 at the Type Directors Club.
- Elena Veguillas shares plenty more opportunities to enjoy type.
Kiss & tell
Smooches and all that. See you next week!
Big hugs to Grant Hutchinson for bringing us some lovely typefaces this week.
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