Type News: Hinterland

We’re way out there this week. But no matter where we are — no matter how far far far away — you can count on a fresh shipment of news and new type. Speedy delivery!

New Faces

Starting off this week’s new type releases is Kobern, a solid sans from The Northern Block’s Jonathan Hill. The nine weights and their italics are set slightly tighter than you might find in similar faces, providing an economical footprint that fits nicely with the family’s slightly condensed proportions.

Ride My Bike is a chipper handstyle family from prolific Chilean foundry Latinotype. Guisela Mendoza’s seriously unserious display face contains enough flyaway swashes, bouncy alternates, and equally lively dingbats to keep your creative wheels turning and chain well-oiled.

Satya Rajpurohit’s Engrez Sans is the latest Latin addition to the Indian Type Foundry’s normally Indic-focused collection. This is a thoroughly modern six-weight sans with a softened, simplified lowercase and sturdy, serious caps. It’s not too much of a stretch to expect this family to be expanded with italic styles in the near future.

We originally featured Alisa Nowak’s experimental Eskapade Fraktur back in April. Since then, the Type Together family has gained a pair of similarly condensed, humanistic serif styles in the form of Eskapade Regular. The new roman and italic echo oldstyle structural elements, providing balanced text counterparts to the rigidly angular blackletter weights.

Also from the Type Together team is Iskra — a “practical” sans from the hand of Tom Grace. The low contrast forms sport an underlying brush-influenced warmth and casualness. Throughout the fourteen styles — from ultra thin to ultra bold — you’ll find playful shapes, unexpected endings and transitions, plus “a slight top-heavy asymmetry.” Extremely broad language support — including Cyrillic — is also provided.

Graphic, but not entirely glyphic. Monolinear, but certainly not monotonous. YWFT Whisky is another entertainingly illustrated and stylized wonder by Bangkok designer Tanawat Sakdawisarak. Read between (and around) the lines and you’ll realize that beneath the surface this face is packed with “pre-kerned patterns and stylistic surprises” courtesy of some clever OpenType programming.

There’s some incredible typographic variety available in Mota Italic’s mildly rough and tumble Gemma. Not only does this affable supersans come to the party dressed in five friendly weights and a trio of widths, but each multiscript face also supports upwards of a hundred languages — from Afar to Xhosa — including Futurama Alienese. Along with a closet full of smart OpenType accessories, each style contains sixteen — count ’em, sixteen — number sets, as well as a pair of nutty rotalic options.

Dig through the news

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What’s happening.

Travel some yourself. See the world!

  • Opening tonight! at the Windup Space in Baltimore: Post Typography’s OSAYCANYOUSEE. The exhibition runs through October 27. (Even if you can’t go, be sure to gawk at their new website.)
  • Join Thomas Phinney on September 25 for “Font Detective, Extra Bold,” hosted by AIGA Chicago at the Harrington College of Design.
  • Erik Spiekermann speaks at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on October 4, courtesy of the Society of Typographic Arts.

Any last words?

Nope. See you next week! [Ed. — Those are last words.] Oh.

Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for bringing us yet another round of sweet and savory new type!

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