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.

Our first font is the appealing and lighthearted Snippet by Gesine Todt. While the bones of this mildly cursive sans may be simple, the undulating details are where the glyphs hit the fan.

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!

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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