Type News: Systemic

Type and method are in store. Let’s align our horizon of expectations with this week’s news — but only after this week’s new type.

Svet Simov’s Intro family for Fontfabric takes a slightly fanciful approach to the geometric sans genre. Swoopy tails, unexpected curviness, teardrop’d alternates, and a solid set of headlining caps — plenty of features that push this approachable text face over the display fence. Take advantage of Fontfabric’s renowned generosity by downloading the free demo version of Intro, which includes nearly complete versions of the Black Caps and Black Inline Caps weights.

Elegant. Hairline. Sans. Mike Jarboe’s Memoire is all that. Sinuous monolinear forms were based on the stripped down structure from Vanitas, Mike’s popular serifless didone. An optically-tuned, non-cursive italic accompanies the regular weight — along with an extended set of ligatures, numeric sets, and case-sensitive punctuation.

Typotheque’s voluminous Greta Sans is definitely not just another large type family. It’s a “continuous optical size system” covering ten weights and four widths. Designed by Peter Biľak in partnership with Typonine’s Nikola Djurek, this sans companion to the existing Greta Text (and its other serif’d variations) provides a huge range of typographic tools for text and displays settings. Using Greta as a talking point, Biľak’s Designing type systems article for I Love Typography goes into even more detail on the process and consideration of building a large family. And don’t miss the introductory promotional video, featuring animation by Amsterdam’s Addikt and namesake Greta Fischer’s adorable voiceover.

Not only did Typotheque produce one massive type system, they also delivered ten weights worth of Greta Symbol. This complementary collection of pictographic fonts features a whopping 1,200 glyphs per style — including all the requisite arrows, icons, geometrics, and alphanumeric shapes you’d expect. Typotheque has also prepared an instructional video showing some of the clever OpenType substitution features built into these faces.

It’s getting kinda slab in here. Foro is a humanistic serif fresh from the Hoftype hopper. Dieter Hofrichter has provided sixteen subdued styles with even colour and subtle detailing — managing to remove much of the chunk and abruptness found in many slab families.

More slab? We’ve got it. Stepping up to the plate is Regan Slab, a ten weight family from The Northern Block. UK-based Jonathan Hill has created a deliberately graphic face with a headline-friendly and somewhat photoset feel.

From slab serifs to a pile of news that despite its quantity shouldn’t land like a brick:

Looking for something to do? We’ve got you covered:

And with those enticements, we bid you farewell until next week. Thanks for riding along!

And thanks to Grant Hutchinson for collecting this week’s new type!

 

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