Type News: Soup for You

Saturday! No SOPA for you! What could be better? How about some new type! Let’s enter, then move along in an orderly fashion.

The latest release from OurType is a reinterpretation of a little known “Balken-antiqua” by the name of Wellington. Maurice Göldner’s Stan takes the Brüder Butter foundry’s stark — yet sophisticated — early 20th century slab through a seven weight OpenType update. Highly readable, display-savvy, and including charming details like the “mailbox flag” ear on the lowercase ‘g’ and a ‘Blond’ weight sitting between light and normal. Also available is Stan Plus which provides slightly extended ascenders and descenders.

Rhythmic. Invigorating. Angular. Expressive. Humanist. Glyphic. All of these words can be used to describe Winco — a bouncy, flared stroke sans from ReType’s Ramiro Espinoza. This five weight family offers a useful range of colour and sports some rather intensely calligraphic forms — especially the italics. Espinoza studied the work of book cover designers and the “German and Czech traditions of expressive printing types” prior to beginning work on Winco. Ultimately, he designed the typeface from the ground up, nodding to the past while creating something fresh and energetic.

Set a couple more places at the table. TypeTogether’s popular Abril has added a pair of family members … and more substance. Abril Display Black is the heaviest (and frankly, most fanciful) addition to the didone-style headliner. It has plenty of contrast and curvaceousness where it counts … and that just happens to be everywhere.

Industrial architecture and the gritty bones of the Rust Belt have inspired designers and artists for ages. This includes Chris Lozos, who feels that stencil type “is almost a signature for the city.” Dez Yinz’nat Stencil is an emboldened condensed sans channelling some true Pittsburgher vernacular. Even the name is a combination of colloquialisms that defy explanation outside the region. Ya-hunh.

While we’re on the subject of regional flavour influencing type, Diego Sanz Salas has pulled from several sources in the newest face from Cocijotype. Taking visual cues from Peruvian sign painting and its name from South American music styles, Chicha is an undulating and vibrantly calligraphic script. Several hundred alternates, swashes, and ligatures are included — along with ‘Suave’ and ‘Dura’ styles for additional layering and shading options.

Before we move completely away from our new type segment: Remember Pictos? Now you can customize and use it as a webfont — and have it served without your needing to put the whole infrastructure together on your own. This is no small undertaking. We might usually think of this kind of service in the same way Jackson Cavanaugh does, but the reality is probably more like what Typotheque diagrams here.

Speaking of webfonts … Matthew Butterick explains “Why Google Web Fonts aren’t really open source” and questions Brad Bird’s use of Verdana. Meanwhile, the Legal Writing Institute awarded Mr. Butterick the 2012 Golden Pen Award for his excellent Typography for Lawyers. Quite the week! — and well-earned.

And now for the rest of the news:

See you next week.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for bringing us this week’s new type!

 

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