Type News: Seduce the Constellation

Thursday already? Goodness! Let’s get right to it:

New Type

Suitcase Type Foundry pays tribute to graphic design pioneer, Ladislav Sutnar with Tomáš Brousil’s eponymously named Ladislav. The slick-scrolling microsite shows off the modular geometry and segmented construction of the four weight family, expanding on — but thoroughly embracing — Sutnar’s strong and exacting visual sensibilities. Each weight includes upright, italic, and backslanted styles, along with circle-based stylistic alternates and “non-standard” ligatures. As a bonus, a special inline display version is available free until the end of the month.

Although released last year as part of his degree project at the Rhode Island School of Design, Sang Mun’s ZXX is feels fresh (as fresh as a monospaced, obfuscated OCR-ish face can feel) and unexposed enough to warrant a mention. Suitably named after the Library of Congress designation for “No linguistic content; Not applicable”, Mun created this free “disruptive typeface” as a discussion point and call to action relating to both privacy and social design. The intriguing type specimen video demostrates how the face intentionally disrupts text recognition technology.

Darío Muhafara’s beautiful Basile for the Argentine Tipo foundry is the result of blending traditional, Chancery style handwriting with undertones more suited to text settings. The spirited single weight face maintains a wider stance than historical scripts — incorporating italic, swash, and “extra swash” forms with square-nibbed calligraphic detailing. A multitude of initials, terminals, and alternates are included — along with a generous assortment of common (and unexpected) ligature pairs.

In an enjoyable departure from his normally text-focused type, Nick Shinn presents Naiad — a display face that he refers to as “a neoclassical fancy.” Based on an italic didone foundation, this whimsical display face sports a consistent set of “tightly wound” curls and swashes. A set of stylistically matched flourishes and ornaments is also available for extra accountrement’ing.

News

You know what we need? We need links:

Last week we neglected to celebrate — or acknowledge — the fiftieth anniversary of ASCII. Shame on us.

Events

There’s no shame in attending any of these upcoming events, however:

Bye!

We’d be remiss not to acknowledge the flooding that recently took place around Calgary: intrepid photographer and all-around decent fellow Andy van der Raadt has documented it well and includes some information on how you can help.

And that brings us to the end of an especially tardy Type News: see you again in less than a week!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for sifting the wheat from the chaff of the latest type releases!

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