Type News: Three to the Four
A happy Type News day to you! We have the usual, plus a few older things in new trappings. It’s also our eighty-first edition! All those nines will be to be hard to resist. If only there were some way to get inspired …
We begin this week’s new type with Friendly, a fanciful new typeface from Neil Summerour and an “homage to Morris Fuller Benton’s adorable Announcement typeface.” Packed with loving swashes and delightful whorls, Friendly holds up as its own face and should provide plenty of inspiration for anyone in need of a good displace face.
From delicate to blocky, we move to Quatro Slab from p.s.type. Equal parts whimsy and forcefulness, this slab serif comes prepared for multiple occasions and is available in five weights, each with matching italics.
Newly available on MyFonts, we’d surely despair if we neglected to mention G-Type’s two-headed typeface pair, Organon Sans & Organon Serif. Are these new typefaces? No, but we’ll be sure to do enough penance that we avoid entering any underworld cities any time soon.
Wait, Angie Sans isn’t exactly new, either! What gives? Before we embark on some probably-deserved self-flagellation, this isn’t just any Angie Sans. This is the “Pro” version. Learn how Jean François Porchez’ lovely flared sans became a rejuvenated typeface, with outline adjustments from Mathieu Réguer, in addtion to greater language support, new weights, and a bunch of OpenType features. And then we’ll put this scourge away, unused. Phew!
That charge you’re feeling is probably from all the energy in Soundtrack, from PintassilgoPrints. All caps, with alternate letterforms and a slew of dingbats, Soundtrack should have enough going for it to play by your rules.
New to P22’s Sherwood Type Collection is Ruffcut, whose name gets right to the point. With plain and “woody” styles, this display face will work well even when you’re not promoting your circus from the 19th Century.
Maybe the “Black speech” of Mordor isn’t quite the right language to set Slobodan Jelesijevic’s Prored in. Let’s just chalk it up to my need to get back to something with a “nine” in it. [Ed.: Noted.] In any case, this sans serif typeface promises to perform well in setting real languages from Central Europe, Turkish, or a number of others too fantastical to mention here.
It’s a week of nines, so let’s wrap up with a ninth typeface. Michał Jarociński’s Dada Slab Pro is currently available only in an “extra light” weight, but don’t let that stop you. It looks great large and probably contains more OpenType features, alternate glyphs, and numerical variants than you can count on your fingers.
From those nine (okay, ten) worthies, let’s sprint into right field [Ed.: What?] for the rest of this week’s news:
- Clear your schedule for March 8 & 9 and make your way to The Hague for Robothon 2012.
- Over at Fonts in Use, Florian Hardwig writes about what may be the most imaginitve example of LTypI you’ve ever seen.
- Andrij Schevchenko is featured in this month’s Creative Characters.
- Brand New covers Ken Barber’s exquisite and cheeky lettering work for Brandiose.
- One Letter per Day won’t keep the doctor away, but that makes it no less inspiring.
- Also inspiring — if a bit, um, violent — is Type Fight.
- Jules Vernacular, while not new, is chock full of interesting signs and letters.
- The letters of this typeface puzzle could help keep your brain nice and stimulated.
- Linotype: The Film has made it to the West Coast of the U.S., to glowing reviews.
- Consider stimulating the economy by shopping at TypographyShop.
- Or by backing this fascinating typeface project on Kickstarter.
- The League of Movable Type makes an appearance on the latest episode of The Changelog.
- John Berry writes about MVB Verdigris Pro.
- Jessica Hische makes the news in New Zealand.
- Thierry Fétiveau writes about his trip to the KABK in The Hague.
- At last: Readability is coming to iOS on March 1.
- Ralph Herrmann explains why he switched from FontLab to Glyphs.
- To get a better idea of how things used to be, read Peter Karrow’s “Digital Punch Cutting,” from September 1991.
- Speaking of iOS, this glyph set might come in handy if your building something for that platform.
- Head to Baltimore on April 16 to learn about Post Typography’s “Greatest Misses.”
- Oh, “For Font’s Sake”!
- Finally, this gives new meaning to nesting type.
If all that doesn’t keep you sated, you can go jump into a boiling lake of mud. Just kidding! Instead, check out a few new and classic type-related links compiled by John Nack.
See you next week!
Grant Hutchinson has the week off, that lucky guy!
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