Type News: Take a Hint

Who’s suffering from TypeCon withdrawal? Certainly not the news! There is new type to experience, more on webfonts, and a bunch of type in stereo.

If you’re having trouble motivating yourself creatively, perhaps a contest will get you back on track. Monotype and Carsonified have announced the Web Font Awards, a “design competition for websites using Web fonts.” Details are still forthcoming, but you can sign up to be notified when they’re available (or you can wait to hear about it in Type News).

The aesthetics of webfonts potentially improved this week, as well: Typekit has uncovered additional information about how Internet Explorer handles webfont weights and styles and has figured out a better way to work with that implementation. Of course with type rendering in Windows, it still comes down to hinting; for a great discussion on the suitability of automatically generated hinting and webfonts, see this Typophile thread.

If you can’t get enough of webfonts, consider attending Webfontday, November 13, in Munich, Germany. Speakers include Fred Smeijers, Erik van Blokland, and a slew of other thoughtful people.

Jean François Porchez has released AW Conqueror, a set of five free fonts that are sure to receive a great deal of use. The swashes in AW Conqueror Sans are especially gratuitous and lovely. You can already see these faces in use in video.

Through MyFonts comes a beautiful sans serif from Stefan Willerstorfer, Acorde. This is a potential workhorse of a typeface, and the family includes seven weights, each in Roman and Italic.

From ParaType comes the distinctive Quartal in regular and condensed weights. The fonts are intended to have an “urban” feel to them, but they should prove useful in other contexts, too.

If you need a beautiful script face, consider Neil Summerour’s recent Nori. With lovely OpenType features and a handwritten calligraphic feel, Nori should feel at home in any setting that requires a fluid, human touch.

And now for the audio portion of the news. If you plan to be anywhere near Sydney, Australia, during September, consider visiting Stereotyped: Sound & Typography at Object. The exhibition explores “how type and sound create meaning in our everyday lives.” For examples of this synthesis, check out Kanye West’s “Official Power Remix” or the highly entertaining (and not safe for work) “F— You” video from Cee Lo Green (which is tastefully set in Knockout). For more on the interplay of type and sound, see “Elemenopee” at For the Love of Type and Nick Monfort’s “Font’s Unusual Creative Kinetics.”

Finally, a few other noteworthy items:

Surely this is not all the news that’s fit for print. Please let us know what we missed in the comments.

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