Type News: Year One
Tomorrow’s our birthday! Let’s celebrate with another big pile of news and new type.
There’s something comforting and familiar about Miles Newlyn’s Rubrik. You can certainly see a nod to monolinear standards such as Isonorm, as well as “proper, practical and popular” typewriter faces. This six weight, rounded sans speaks with a soft tone and a positive attitude.
One of the fresh FontShop releases we couldn’t squeeze into last week’s news was FF Mister K Informal. (Truthfully, it was because the name didn’t end with a vowel.) Julia Sysmäläinen’s latest addition to her Kafka-inspired handwriting family imbues calmness, compared to more frenetic Regular, Onstage, and Crossout styles.
Channeling some serious circus poster chops, West Barnum Ultra is the latest digitization to emerge from the bottomless Photo-Lettering archives. This no-nonsense, woodtype-y Clarendon also comes in a seriously dimensional and shaded headline popper.
Over the past couple of weeks, the good folks at Google have pushed out at least a dozen new webfonts. And that doesn’t even include additions and updates to existing families. Good on them. It’s an impressive accomplishment, but it also creates a daunting task for us lowly Type News reporters. Rather than dumping everything into your lap this week, we’ve hand-picked a few exceptions to the prolific Google rule.
Back in black. Under the Typeco moniker, James Grieshaber has been turning out sturdy, modular display faces for years. Black Ops One is his first foray into open source and this geometric, military style stencil is 100% Grieshaber.
Our final featured freebie is Yellowtail, a brush script of medium build from Brian “Astigmatic” Bonislawsky. There’s definitely a tip of the typographic topper to classic sign painter lettering in this vigorous semi-connected display face.
While scoping out Alias’ relaunched site, we spotted a pair of relatively new families that had somehow escaped our notice. Oban is a tasty, “extra graphic” Didone by David James. The family covers eight styles that include outline and back-slanted italic variations, plus your choice of ball or triangular terminals.
Also from Alias is Gareth Hague’s deliciously leaning Lily. Maybe it’s just us, but this contemporary connected script — with its high contrast and “top-heavy stress” — appears to be casting its own shadow. Yeah, it’s just us.
And here’s our heaping helping of news!
- Over at Shady Characters, Keith Houston introduces us to that now-ubiquitous character, @.
- The Mota Italic Gallery presents the Type Masters exhibition, running through August 27, and introduces a bounty of beautiful type designed by this year’s graduating classes from the programs at the University of Reading and Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten.
- Thomas Phinney writes about reviving Herman Ihlenberg’s Columbus.
- Diacritics got you down? There are some great resources on Typophile.
- John Berry reviews Type Works: The Printing, Design and Writing of Will Powers.
- Hoefler & Frere-Jones are still working on webfonts.
- Shelley Gruendler shares “42 Typographic Resources for Designers.”
- Paul Shaw interviews Akira Kobayashi and reviews his Akko typefaces.
- “What is this?” Why, it’s Frank Grießhammer’s write-up of TypeCon!
- Nancy Sharon Collins introduces many of the faces from this year’s TypeCon.
- Tim Brown takes on the role of type sommelier with his pairings with Alternate Gothic.
- Check out this great Buick logo from 1912.
- Happy fourth anniversary to MyFont’s Creative Characters newsletter! This month, they feature Ludwig Übele.
- Let’s get meta for a moment, with Billy Whited’s “What Is Typography?”
- Russ Maschmeyer celebrates the Dude with this fascinating experiment with CSS and webfonts.
- There’s a lot of great stuff on Typeverything (but there’s also infinite scrolling).
- Alejandro Paul’s Compendium is full of OpenType goodies. The FontShop Blog features several of them.
- Odd road signs are the best — and photographing one could win you a ticket to TYPO London.
- Travel to Reykjavik for ATypI 2011 and learn about RoboFont (among other things, of course).
- The mad geniuses at Typekit have figured out how to improve webfont rendering on Windows in some instances.
- Looking for work? Perhaps you could design type for Hallmark.
- Kyle Durrie’s Moveable Type Project looks like a great thing.
- Mac OS X Lion is out. Learn what it has in store for fonts and text.
- Even if you missed TypeCon, you can watch Mehmet Gözetlik’s talk, “Typography of the ‘Generation Y,’ prior to ‘Generation Z’!”
- More FontBook-related goodies! Yves Peters shows us how to combine, compare, and share typefaces and introduces us to the people behind the app.
- Dyanna Weissman reviews Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century.
- We started writing the Type News just under a year ago. See how it has changed since its inception.
Whew! That’s it for this week. See you next Friday!
Grant Hutchinson once again deftly provided coverage of this week’s new type. Thanks for that!
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