Type News: .tc-brew

What a week! There were a couple of huge announcements and the usual deluge of news and new type. And we raise a glass to Steve Jobs.

First: if you love type, you’re in for a treat. If you also love beer, cheese, and encased meats, well, you should probably sit down. TypeCon2012 will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee itself is a great city, with the added bonus of being unreasonably close to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. You can be sure there will be a strong Hamilton presence at the conference, with a tun [sic] of other surprises in the hopper.

The other big story of the week has caused quite a stir. Adobe has acquired Typekit. As with any acquisition of this kind, reactions have been mixed. Friendly rival Fontdeck thinks this will be a good thing (while assuring everyone that it will remain independent). .net has collected some designers’ responses to the aquisition. The posts on Dirtystylus and by Andrew Boardman are also worth reading. To round it out, be sure to read Christopher Slye’s take for the view from within Adobe. (I feel that it’s a sign of Adobe taking the web seriously as a medium and am hopeful that this thing will result in more better type on web. Not that you asked.)

Speaking of more better type …

François Rappo’s Genath for Geneva’s Optimo foundry is a gorgeously detailed interpretation of a 18th century “baroque” type. High contrast and slightly condensed forms are evident throughout the light, regular, and bold styles — as well as the razor-sharp display weights. There’s a reason why Herr Spiekermann calls it the “… best Caslon alternative yet.” So nice.

Typedepot has just shipped Centrale Sans. This is a fresh-faced family with a firm grasp of geometry, but truckloads of warmth. From extra light through bold, this seven weight package covers a lot of ground.

Simple, soft, and subdued. Alex Scholing refers to his space-savingly named CoreHumanistSans as a “strictly neutral” typeface. Even though it’s a single weight freebie, this font comes fully-equipped with stylistic alternates, small capitals, oldstyle and lining numerals, extra ligatures, and a set of handy directional arrows.

The light-hearted and unassuming Garden Brush is the latest casual script from Jess Latham and his Blue Vinyl Fonts foundry. The bouncy, unconnected forms can be dressed up with optional swash capitals and swooshy contextual alternates.

Calling all headlines! Arnold Hoepker’s Teléfono has a crisp, Art Deco influence combined with a “decomposing” digital aesthetic. Teléfono is also free for the taking, just like Arnold’s other experimental design from this past summer, Pavo Royal.

From new type the world of webfonts:

We go from one gothic to another, to start off the rest of the news:

Finally, we mourn the loss of Steve Jobs. I Love Typography reminds us of his love for letters. Dan Reynolds shares his own gratitude for what he achieved during his too-short life. If you crave more, Jason Kottke has curated an impressive online memorial to one of the crazy ones. We’ll miss you, Steve.

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

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