Type News: Think unsexy thoughts

It would be just another day with type and associated news, but someone new is at the office. Someone really attractive!

New type crush(es)

Desire, thy name is type. That naughty Neil Summerour has once again released an unquestionably desirable typeface, this time with the embarrassingly appropriate name of Lust. Curvaceous, contrasty, and ridiculously indulgent characters are spread liberally throughout standard and display cuts of the Scotch Modern and Didone influenced styles. Completing the package are teasingly tasteful italics, razor-thin serifs, voluptuous terminals, and a veritable wonderland of alternates.

The aptly monikered Hamilton Wood Type Foundry was formed as a partnership between the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and Buffalo’s P22 Type Foundry. Their first release is nothing short of an historical blockbuster. HWT American Chromatic is an eight font system based on an Tuscan wood type produced by Wm. H. Page & Co. in the mid-19th century. Comprised of outline, solid, inset, “shopworn”, and other decorative variations of the foundation typeface, each style can be layered and combined just as you would if printing on a letterpress — and that includes on the web. Need proof? Check out the examples accompanying Adrian Roselli’s Chromatic Type with Pseudo Elements article.

Canada Type’s Tabarnak blends a bold, headline-savvy italic with just a touch of Cooper-esque brushwork. A handful of subtly modified alternates and ligatures are tossed into the mix, along with a shadow-enhanced “Tabarnouche” style.

Now this is what we call a script treatment. Those talented handymen at House Industries have digitized and updated Meyer “Dave” Davison’s quintessential, post war ornamental script — Davison Spencerian. Davison’s deft lettering yields a sophisticated copperplate on one hand, while the face’s Photo-Lettering lineage provides a dimensional headline pop.

The latest family from Hoftype’s Dieter Hofrichter is a formalized “modern type” by the name of Civita. Solid in stance, fluid in detail. This twelve style serif sports delicate, calligraphic strokes and spans an uncommonly broad range of weights — from extra light through extra bold.

CA Oskar Compressed and CA Oskar Condensed form a compact partnership designed for both headlines and text settings. Originally conceived as a custom face for the international Traumzeit music festival, designers Stefan Claudius and Kathrin Roussel mixed the rigidity of an industrial gothic with softer forms — striking a most attractive balance.

Elena Schädel and Jakob Runge created MeM as an experimental type system, designed to explore the many personalities inherent in the typographic form. A single face contains four graphic, Deco-flavoured styles — each varying in weight, detail, and geometric construction. These multiple characteristics can be automatically “shuffled” or manually controlled through the application of the built-in OpenType features. A certain amount of programmed randomness adds to the face’s whimsical nature — see it for yourself in the MeM at Work demonstration video.

Chatter around the water cooler

We’ve seen you sneaking a glance at those new typefaces. That shouldn’t keep you from catching up on the rest of the gossip, though!

Was it worth it?

Well! How does Saturday strike you for our next rendezvous? See you around, handsome!

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for hooking us up with these fine new typefaces and keeping it on the down-low.

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