Type News: Semicolonoscopy

It’s a veritable bonanza of new type and news. Never mind the slight pinching sensation — let’s get right to it, shall we?

New Type

The modified majuscules of Esmeralda came from a project instigated during Guillermo Vizzari’s studies at the University of Buenos Aires. With guidance from illustrator Ana Sanfelippo and Sudtipos’ own Alejandro Paul, aspects of both “capitalis monumentalis” stonecarving and humanistic brushwork are blended into a cohensive, calligraphic titling style. Sturdy, sensual uppercase and lowercase characters are accompanied by a multitude of ligatures, alternates, inital caps, and miscellaneous “connector” glyphs.

Nearly ten years after Veer acquired his Jukebox collection, California’s Jason Walcott has launched the retro-flavoured CounterPoint Type Studio. Still focused on updating energetic display faces with a hand-lettered or phototypeset past, Jason kicks things off with a tidy threesome. First up is the bouncy, flare-serif’d Califunkia — straight out of the 1960s, sporting dozens of interlocking ligatures and Saturday morning cartoon style.

The swoopy Profiterole is an airy, handwritten script scribed with a decidedly feminine nib. Lightweight and casual, with a touch of extra ligature class.

The final CounterPoint newcomer is Raspberry Jam — a whimsical jarful of scratchy pen and inklings. Angular joints, sporadic strokes, and informal spacing combine together in what Walcott refers to as a “scrapbooking style”.

Adding more heft to his already impressive FF Signa superfamily, Ole Søndergaard serves up a solid serving of FF Signa Slab. The minimalist shapes and “concise” letterforms found in the previous sans and stencil variations echo their Danish architectural roots across all seven weights — and the “oblique-ish” italics — in this new slab collection.

Also fresh from the FontFont factory is Slávka Pauliková’s FF Dora — a “strong-willed” text family with charactistics stemming from a background in editorial and book design. Consisting of five styles, including a beefy display version, Dora balances curvaceous and sharp elements without being overtly angular, although details such as inktraps and hairpin transitions become more evident in the heavier weights.

Warit Chaiyakul’s mysterious Mist is an unconventional upright script from the Bankok based Typomancer foundry. A trio of calligraphic qualities — ink, dry, and rough — provide a textural progression through the swashy, staccato script and its uninhibited, colliding forms.

Marcus Sterz’s latest for FaceType is the deceivingly subtle Substance. Covering an ample eight weight range, this slightly stocky grotesque sans features a variety of OpenType treats including voluminous currency symbols, figural sets, and uncommon arrow glyphs — well suited for signage and wayfinding.

News

Find your way to this week’s news, made with fresh ingredients from our organic free-range link farm:

Finally, we’re saddened to report that Bo Berndal has passed away. Witness some of his legacy in this profile from Creative Characters.

Events

Grab your lanyard and your paperwork — it’s time to go conferencing and adventuring:

Farewell

The Type News is moving to Mondays! See you next week.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for thoroughly examining this week’s new type!

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