Type News: Whippet Good
It’s not too late! We’re right on time with this week’s news and new type, which consists of a ton of great display faces and a new take on Rotis.
We begin with an august new face from Ángel Sánchez, Museum. Stately and sure, this all-caps sans serif was inspired by the inscriptions on Trajan’s Column.
Also new from Mr. Sánchez is Stadium, styled after the curves of a traditional stadium. This is a display face that feels at most at home at a sporting event.
If you let your guard down, Uppercut Angle will surely knock you over. Joachim Müller-Lancé originally designed this face for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco, and its forward motion and tough angles capture that martial art well. (We’re especially smitten with the PDF specimen.)
Evan Huwa has released Ranger on the Lost Type Co-op. The strong angles and sharp spurs of this face evoke a strong western vibe. Use it to freshen up the look of your “Wanted” posters — as long as you only need uppercase letters.
Dave Whitley’s Outage claims not to care, but with a wicked lightning bolt glyph and two distinct styles, it’s hard not to care about it.
Add Ademo to the list of fascinating chromatic display faces. While Ademo appears to be reasonably flexible, it should work especially well when pursuing an engraved look.
If you’re looking for a steelier approach to the engraved aesthetic, look no further than Pittsburgh, a gritty face that comes straight out of America’s Rust Belt.
Let’s end this week’s new type on a classier note, with Gillian Fisher’s elegant Rochester, available through Google’s webfont service. A script face that claims inspiration in Victorian and Art Deco calligraphic styles, Rochester has a flourishes that give it a great feel of its own. Just watch out for mysteriously burning rooms.
And now for the rest of this week’s news:
- 8 Faces #3 will be available for pre-order on Wednesday, August 17. (Underware has a clever promotion that will be included.)
- Head to the Hague for the Now We Are Talking Festival, a “super relaxed Typeradio event” on September 2. While you’re there, you might be able to snag a copy of the Type Legends box set.
- Then head to Chicago, for the Wood Type Evolved exhibition at Columbia College. Curated by April Sheridan and Nick Sherman, this exhibition runs from September 8 until December 10.
- Grain Edit profiles the brilliant work of Jaime Van Wart.
- Trent Walton shares some webfonts he hopes he can use soon.
- Check out this Tumblr account that collects Brazilian signage that has had its sometimes beautiful lettering replaced with Helvetica.
- Speaking of beautiful letters, be sure to take in the lovely images from Frederic Goudy’s Alphabet over at the Eye blog.
- And even more amazing are these exquisite calligraphic works from Iran.
- Nikki Villagomez shares a poem she received during this year’s TypeCon.
- This week in Minneapolis was An Event Apart, where there two type-related presentations. In case you missed them, Luke Wroblewski took notes from Jason Santa Maria on web typography and Richard Rutter on detail in web typography.
- I love and covet this shirt.
- Art of the Menu is a new project from UnderConsideration, full of fascinating typographic choices.
- Caroline de Bartolo writes about her excellent book, Explorations in Typography for Felt and Wire.
- Help Werner Lemberg complete his
ttfautohintproject, which aims to make it easy for type designers to create well-hinted fonts. The FreeType Project has more information about automated hinting and Lemberg’s project.
- Meanwhile on Twitter, FontFont demonstrates the value of manual TrueType hinting.
- Placeholder text is sometimes a necessary evil. You could do worse than Hipster Ipsum. (Probably not safe for client work!)
- This is an interesting exercise: a typeface designed around the letter m.
- Submissions for Letter.2 are due by Monday, August
15. Get cracking!
That’s it for this week. If we made any errors, crack the whip in the comments!
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