Type News: Steam

What are those fonts doing? Let’s find out:

New new type

Berlin’s Jan Fromm shows us another side to his warm and round Rooney family. Rooney Sans shares the same comfortably low contrast design as its serif’d sister, from the tidy terminals of the light and regular styles through to the pinchably pudgy cheeks of the black weights.

To call FF ThreeSix a “huge experimental optical type system” is incredibly accurate — and a bit of an understatement. Paul McNeil’s and Hamish Muir’s modular display family incorporates design methods that adhere to a strict grid consisting of 36 units (hence the face’s name), using a minimum of geometrically constructed components and minute optical adjustments. Because of the underlying unit-based grid, character attributes such as x-height, ascenders, descenders, and metrics are consistent across the entire 52 weight range. Quite the undertaking — and quite the achievement.

Combining geometric and humanist characteristics in a contemporary sans is nothing new. However, Jan Maack has managed to freshen up an old idea with FF Marselis, his latest release for the FontFont collection. Open counters, minimalist forms, and organic “teardrop” transitions can be found throughout the four weight family.

OurType’s original Stencil Fonts Series was released to accompany the Between Writing & Type: The Stencil Letter exhibition at Antwerp’s Catapult Gallery. The initial trio of crafty cutouts has recently been joined by another set of striking stencils. The new designs include Pierre Pané-Farré’s chiseled Couteau, plus a pair of calligraphy-influenced French numbers by Fred Smeijers — the sophisticated Bery Roman and its elegantly compatible partner, Bery Script. As was the case with the first series, the second set of stencils is also available as a free download from the OurType site — but only for a limited time

What would you call a square made of curved lines? Why a squircle of course. Taking a cue from this hybrid quadrilateral, Dunwich Type Founders’ Gigalypse is a one weight wonder that provides plenty of headline punch. Designer James Puckett pushes into the future with a beefy display face that simultaneously feels new and retro.

And now, one last typeface to Peruse — a brand, spanking new display sans by Austin’s Gerren Lamson. It features stark, linear forms and a unique, stylized uppercase inspired by the “lead came” joints found in stained glass windows. Fair warning — being a display face, the character set is rather minimal, lacking diacritics and other glyphs. Along with Peruse, Lamson has also released two additional faces — the weathered, geometric stencil TerraStamp and the “sketchnote” inspired NimblePen.

New news

We won’t help you know your stripper from your paint, but we’ll make this type-related news as real as any place you’ve been.

Dates, not figs, for your enjoyment

What’s happening? This:

Cover it up in bubblewrap

Or some kind of wrap. That’s it for this week — see you next time!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for steaming out the log jam [Ed. — what?] of new type!

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