Type News: WOFF! (There It Is)
Let’s get right to the good stuff.
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The underlying concept for Jacques Le Bailly’s eye-bending Macula draws on the illusionist geometry and “impossible figures” of Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd and the dimensional typography found in some of Bronislaw Zelek’s infamous display faces. Le Bailly’s riff on twisty type includes five styles that can be layered or applied independently. The addition of some clever OpenType whiz automatically alternates between two versions of each character.
Finland’s own Mika Melvas has launched an angular brush script and christened it Saline. Bold and jaunty, this upright face sports clean lines and a wind in its jib. Adding to the typographic fleet is set of nautically-themed ornaments with a weathered, woodcut feel.
Khajag Apelian’s Arek is the first multiscript face from the Rosetta foundry to include a matching Armenian cursive. Specifically suited to educational and editorial applications, this stylishly appointed text family shares expressive, calligraphic details in the serifs, strokes, and terminals across all four weights and their italics.
It’s hard to improve on Dave Rowland’s description of his latest design: “Like a lovechild of American Typewriter and Cooper Black, typewritten in melted chocolate.” The unabashedly bold Margot charms with her chubby, cheery demeanour. Roman and italic styles come packed with four sets of figures, a “spattering” of swash caps and alternates, plus numerous useful dingbats.
I hold in my hands a list! of items you might find interesting:
- The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is over half-way to its funding goal!
- “Welcome to My Rare and Antiquarian eBook Shop.”
- Keith Houston looks at the double-edged history of the typewriter.
- Polychromatic type is all the rage.
- Eric Meyer considers hyphenation using CSS.
- Yves Peters interviews Jason Smith about FS Me.
- History is always more interesting when it’s illustrated.
- John Berry shares his thoughts on judging the 2012 TDC2 competition.
- Well, what do you know? WOFF is a W3C Recommendation!
- Robbie Augspurger has created promotional materials for Mascot.
- Florian Hardwig explores the typography behind Medium.
- Jonathan Hoefler is collecting some of his favorite uses of Knockout on Dribbble.
- Elliot Jay Stocks shares his love for Quatro.
- Yves Peters takes a closer look at Yanone’s Antithesis project.
- Laura Kalbag celebrates typography-first design.
- A recent Windows security update breaks some font support.
- Phineas & Ferb have their own alphabet.
- Stuart Elliot answers a question about a peculiar apostrophe.
- Webfonts from Webtype are now available for use on Typecast.
- Check out Saul Bass’s poster sketches for The Shining.
- Crack open your copy of Safari and witness a whole [word describing a group] of iOS Emoji.
- Learn about good lawyerly writing from Mark Grinker.
- Win a ticket to TYPO Berlin 2013.
Unless the popular (mis)interpretation of the Mayan calendar is correct, we’ll see you next week!
Thanks for the lovely new typefaces, Grant Hutchinson!
P.S. It’s a lighter week, which is nice, considering how heavy our hearts are given recent events. Jason Kottke and Erica Schemper have some great advice on how to talk to kids about what happened in Connecticut.
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