Type News: Wish You Were Here

Ah, summer is here at last.

(Apologies to our readers in the southern hemisphere, of course.)

While most of us were welcoming the arrival of the solstice, others were taking in two of the hottest type-related gatherings this past week — Type Camp California and the Ampersand Conference in Brighton. Lucky for us, plenty of individuals shared their notes, thoughts, and experiences from these events.

David Bushnell, Jon Tan, Laura Kalbag, Anthony Stonehouse, the Fontdeck Blog, and Eye Magazine provide perspectives on Ampersand Conference, the inaugural web typography symposium. Also for your viewing pleasure are Fontdeck’s Flickr gallery of scenes from the conference and slides from John Daggett’s The Future of CSS Typography presentation.

Half a globe away, Billy Whited penned a Day One Recap of his Type Camp adventures, while William Seneshen’s collection of photos is packed with happy Californian campers to be jealous of.

Time to stop wishing we had been there … let’s start soaking up some shiny new type.

Like many designers, Keith Bates assumed the sans serif used on the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster was a derivative of some Gill or Johnston type. After a bit of digging about, Bates expanded upon the twelve existing uppercase letters — including the “anomalous” C — and produced Keep Calm. This exercise in successful extrapolation includes alternates for the lowercase ‘g’ and ‘t’, as well as a “crown motif” dingbat.

Pablo Impallari has revisited his popular Lobster typeface and expanded it into a four style family, including a new lighter weight and upright styles. Like its predecessor, Lobster Two is available as an open source web font from Google.

Brian J. Bonislawsky’s Astigmatic foundry also has something new in the Google directory this week. Redressed is a straight forward (and quite upright) script sporting unconnected glyphs, an economical footprint, and calligraphic charm.

Goliath is the latest beast from the Photo-Lettering archive to get the digital touch. Affectionately known as film Nº 6206, this Vincent Pacella original is a solid slab of epic proportions.

Latinotype offers up a pair of fresh faces this week. First up is Guadalupe, a rather fashionable Didone with a playful demeanor. Roman and italic styles, featuring a choice of regular and ball terminals, plus plenty of alternates and swashes.

Compared to the delicate finesse of Guadalupe, Latinotype’s Patagon is ready to stomp on some toes. This beefy, uppercase sans takes cues from both historical woodtype and contemporary ornamentation.

And now for the rest of the week’s tidbits and curiosities.

Now that we’ve filled your head with all manner of typographic wonderment, get out and enjoy the first weekend of summer (or winter).

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to my pal Erik Vorhes for taking this past week off … I got to use all those other keys on my keyboard for a change.

  • 1. Infideluxe’s avatar Infideluxe Jun 25, 2011

    The photographer’s name is actually spelled “William Seneshen”.

  • 2. Grant Hutchinson’s avatar Grant Hutchinson Jun 25, 2011

    Thank you for keeping us on our toes. Mr Seneshen’s name has been summarily corrected.

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