Type News: The Sweetest Hangover
Hic! Or rather, this:
Originally conceived as a stylish typeface for the High 5 Hang 10 surfing collective, Gestalten’s High Times blends contemporary forms with deco and nouveau flavours. Designer Tilo Pentzin prepared two sky-scraping styles — an elegant, contrasted semi-serif and a subdued, minimalist sans — each accompanied by a selection of quirky alternates, titling and lowercase ligatures, Roman numerals, plus a sleek set of inline initials.
Already known for putting some rather unusual twists on geometric and humanist type, Russia’s Elena Kowalski has quite the tweaky follow-up to Leto One, released earlier this year. Leto Two expands on the display slab style with another three weight, two width range — but this new family sports some seriously funky, exaggerated bifurcation.
The latest release from DSType combines the best of several typographic styles into one deceptively complex face. On one hand, Dino dos Santos’ Aparo is a strikingly bold display italic, with brush-style lowercase characters and stoic Roman capitals. On the other hand, it’s an elegantly decorative script with “plenty of calligraphic flair” and hairline, flyaway swashes.
According to designer Mark van Bronkhorst, MVB Solitaire is a “tempered” sans serif that sits somewhere in between the humanist and gothic genres. A voluminous eleven weight range (and an ample set of typographic features) makes this not-necessarily-neutral workhorse incredibly flexible, yet deliberately subdued.
This week’s link-fest is deliberate — but not subdued:
- Stephen Coles discusses “The Importance of Typography in Politics.”
- So, so good: book titles missing one letter.
- Clear your browsing history, so type pr0n won’t ruin your relationships.
- Ralf Herrmann considers color emoji in Windows 8.1.
- Yves Peters returns with another great round of ScreenFonts.
- Learn how to make a Strokes of Genius notebook.
- Filmotype specimens on Flickr? Filmotype specimens on Flickr.
- Add small caps using Hoefler & Frere-Jones webfonts.
- Speaking of the latest big name in webfonts, Adam Glynn Finnegan celebrates the existence of Gotham for the web.
- Enjoy the work from Vasava.
- Feel nostalgic by looking at soda can designs.
- Or by hitting the road with these images of FHWA Series F.
- It looks like a few people don’t (or didn’t) like Futura Extra Bold Condensed.
- Congratulations to Jim Sherraden, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award for the state of Tennessee and the 2013 Silver Medalist Award from the American Advertising Federation Nashville!
- Get an additional type-release fix with the latest installment of “This Week in Fonts.”
- Find out what you missed at “After the Jump” (or relive what happened, if you were there).
- Memory + typefaces = hours of fun for the whole family!
- Do we need an abbreviation for ‘the’? No.
- I need a well-designed drink.
On to a bunch of mobile OS news:
- Christa Mrgan reviewed the design of iOS 7, including the use of Helvetica Neue Light, on July 1.
- iOS 7 beta 3 was released on July 8 and switched to using Helvetica Neue Regular.
- And Jürgen Siebert and Maurice Meilleur look past the weight of Helvetica Neue and at the new text-rendering engine in iOS 7.
- Android 4.3 provides an update to Roboto.
From critique to “Quick! Get to these things!”
- Check out the KABK Type & Media 2013 Graduation Show, through July 13, in The Hague.
- July 17–19, in Singapore: Crafting Type.
- If that’s not enough for you, head to New York City for another round of Crafting Type, July 20–21.
- Whisky Type? I’ll take mine neat. Attend July 20 or September 28, in Los Angeles.
- Granshan 2013: Design and Identity takes place July 24–27 in Bangkok.
- The full conference program for TypeCon2013: Portl& has been posted.
- While we’re on a TypeCon-related bent, send your latest faces to the TypeGallery2013 exhibition.
Whew. See you next week!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for all the great Scotch, er, new typefaces.
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