Type News: Typographcia
It’s Saturday, and we’re with you for another bunch of news and new type. Onward:
Starting off this week’s pile of new type is a fresh and contrasty script from the Argentine tag team of Angel Koziupa and Alejandro Paul. The upright Aranjuez is a hybrid number that combines a squarish, graphic structure with some fine calligraphic detail. Think serif-less didone with copperplate accoutrements.
Atipo’s Bariol is billed as “half grotesk, half rounded” — and that pretty much sums it up. Four understated weights of softened sans that sport lightly condensed, simplified forms and an unexpectedly energetic ampersand. Does the world really need another rounded sans? With the thin, light, and bold styles of Bariol bargain priced on the “pay what you want” scale — and the regular weight free for a tweet — how can you resist? Check out the wonderfully kooky promo video while you’re at it.
Laura Worthington loves “big, round, fancy letters” and has taken that to heart in her latest casual script. Azalea comes in two flavours — the bouncy, angular “Smooth” and a weathered, textural “Rough.” Both weights possess the appearance of finessed penmanship, but with distinctive and charming personalities.
Specifically developed for web and user interface designers, Adam Whitcroft’s Climacons is an incredibly clean, “climatically categorized” dingbat font. It’s also absolutely free to use and available as part of the ever expanding Noun Project.
Stephen Rapp’s bouncy, retro-style New Cuisine packs a lot of headline punch. It’s a bold, upright display script with plenty of unexpected OpenType treats — playful ligatures, alternates galore, swooping swash endings, preset word-lets, and lotsa language support.
And now for something completely deliberate. Philip Kelly’s Fantail is a decorated construction of a face — mixing the geometric sensibility of Art Deco with “a touch of the Arts and Crafts movement” through its truncated, namesake serifs. An eye-catchingly quirky display face, if nothing else.
Even with our typographic picnic table filled with tasty faces, why shouldn’t we serve up a piping-hot plate of Grilled Chicken as well? Fresh from the Sideshow concession stand, this country-style script is bursting with extra-crunchy headline flavour.
From tasty type to a spread of delightful newsy tidbits we go:
- LetterCult has begun curating the best custom letters of 2011.
- Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer want to make sure that you don’t fear web typography.
- Fresh from Typotheque, you can now use their webfont service to create semantic icon webfonts.
- Nick Cox introduces us to Prenton.
- Frank Adebiaye writes about an effort to digitize Tibetan and Mongolian scripts.
- Did you miss Matthew Butterick’s “Reversing the Tide of Declining Expectations” at TYPO Berlin? You can watch it or read a transcript with interpolated slides.
- You might also have missed seeing Stephen Coles talk about Chromeography at the last Creative Mornings Berlin. There’s a video for that, too.
- Want to pair typefaces? Aura Seltzer can help you out.
- Of course, finding typefaces that play well with each other has been a perennial problem.
- Ilene Strizver helps us work through the overwhelming world of superfamilies.
- Erik Marinovich has a lovely new website.
- The European Design Awards have been announced. Congratulations to the winners for original typeface.
- Oliver Reichenstein has even more to say about responsive typography.
- Be sure also to check out the comments on Indra Kupferschmid’s thoughts on responsive typography (and the original post, if you haven’t read it yet).
- I like bread and butter; I like toast and jam — all the more when there’s an ampersand to go along with them.
- Not as tasty — but also not as perishable — is this Amperbranch print.
- Craig Mod has put together a template for producing Kindle-specific .mobi files.
- Thomas Phinney has relaunched his Cristoforo Kickstarter campaign. Pitch in, and maybe Cthulhu will sleep even longer.
- Webfonts from ShinnType are now available for purchase from FontShop.
- Monotype has released a bunch of tools they’re calling “Type Enhancements for Android.”
- You can now use Fontlab’s TransType font converter online.
- Speaking of Fontlab: Pablo Impallari’s Simplepolator allows type designers to interpolate compatible glyphs without leaving Fontlab.
- John L. Walters pores over the latest Emigre type catalog.
- Yves Peters calls attention to Briar Mark’s “I could have done this.”
- Love Helvetcia? Soon you’ll be able to wear that love with pride.
And that’s a warp. See you next week!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for covering tihs week’s new typefaces!
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