Type News: Seven-Minute Slabs

Last week we overwhelmed you with new stuff. This week, we bring you more. Feel the burn.

New Type

We’ve all experienced that feeling of anticipation prior to something being imminently available. Sweat on the brow, dryness on the tongue? Well, now you can relax. The fine folks at TypeTogether have released the last piece of the Bree puzzle. Yes, a sweet set of italic styles have finally been added to their popular Bree Serif family. Whew.

Commercial Type’s Portrait marries the elegance and classical proportions of French Renaissance type with the sharpness and “aggressive simplicity” of Latin serifs. Did we say “aggressive”? Designer Berton Hasebe has developed an audacious range of 29 styles — including text, display, condensed, and inline variations.

Don’t let the bargain basement price or understated presentation dissuade you from checking out Jan-Christian Bruun’s latest headliner for Ten Dollar Fonts. What it lacks in glyphs, it makes up in character. Fellars provides two styles of vintage-flavoured, condensed display type —  packed with plenty of Brooklyn-born charm and no-nonsense industrial vernacular.

The lettering and sketches that would eventually become the lively, textural Gonte were inspired by designer Alison Argento’s travels to Spain. This loose pen and ink script with exaggerated capitals has been duly enhanced (and personalized) with OpenType-powered alternates, contextual swashes, and a plethora of double letter ligatures.

Switzerland’s Optimo presents the highly controlled, yet somewhat contradictory Programme. Developed by studio Maximage Société Suisse, the face combines humnanist and geometric forms with stark, angular cuts. The three primary weights are supplied in Roman, italic, and “rotalic” styles — each with a set of “brutal” alternate glyphs. Also included is Programme Primitiv —  the original “scripted” version of the design.

Nearly ten years ago, Marconi Lima first started tinkering with what would eventually become Pétala Pro — his “neo humanist superfamily.” Covering a nine weight spectrum, balanced Romans and dynamic italics yield a significant range of colour and attitude through the application of subtle optical adjustments and increasingly “expressive ink traps.”

Letterist Ray Cruz has gone positively dotty with Dot Script. Following the recipe for a simple, monolinear display script, the loopy characters mimic the chaser-light signage of old school Vegas. And that means … bigger is always better.

The unapologetically calligraphic Excritura is Spanish designer Alex Camacho’s nod to the work of Antoni Gaudí. Upright, organic forms and very “deliberate” stroke contrast provide energy, rhythm, and a unique ornamentality that echoes many aspects of Gaudí’s “obsession for nature and crafts”.

News

Warm up your link-clicking or -tapping fingers.

Events

Time for wind sprints!

Gasp!

That’s it for this week. See you soon!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for lugging all the new type!

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