Type News: Keep Your Shirt On
We’re still shaking off the effects of last the post-TypeCon hangover — nothing that a monumental pile of type and news won’t cure!
Revivals are tricky beasties. Much of a typeface’s functional vernacular can get sanded off or smoothed over during the transition to a modern format. Monotype designer Terrance Weinzierl was commissioned to develop Feldman Engraver and JMC Engraver — presevring the proportions, rhythm, and “visual ethos” of the original engraving masterplates. Meant to accompany Nancy Sharon Collins’ new book — the nomenclatively immense The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery — this pair of elegant monoline faces maintain a vintage vibe, while containing a nice set of OpenType features beneath the surface. As an added bonus, both are currently available for free from Fonts.com.
Not only did Typegroup — a fresh faced foundry and “type production facility” — launch their site last week, but they also released a pair of new type families. The unassuming Orga is an extensive, eight weight sans with a narrow stance, minimal contrast, and postured italics.
When the pot called the kettle black, he wasn’t kidding. Neither was Typegroup when they named Kettle — their heavy duty, Egyptian-inspired slab. A single, robust roman weight gets italic and stencil treatments, along with plenty of OpenType add-ons.
Tim Ahrens’ new typeface for his Just Another Foundry is a skillful take on multiple personalities. Bernini Sans is built on two separate humanist subfamilies — the straight-forward Bernino and the more playful, alternate-infused Bernina. Five weights and four widths cover each of the two “sister” collections, providing fifty styles worth of mixing and matching — without sacrificing balance or readability.
Gert Wiescher’s delightfully festooned Fiorentina treads the not-so-fine line between engraved elegance and superfluous decoration. With multiple swash variants, upper and lowercase alternates, and extravagant “understrokes” at your disposal — try not to get too overwhelmed by the ornamentation.
Based on Austrian designer Viktor Solt-Bittner’s “reimagination” of handwriting styles from the 1800s, Leander Script is the first non-text Adobe Originals family to appear in years. The regular and bold weights of this casual, connected script feature a large x-height and subdued slope for readability, swash and stylistic alternates, as well as a set of flourishes — allowing you to “choose the amount of flamboyance.”
Finishing off this week’s selection of new type is a pair of angular cousins from Sudtipos. Designed by Angel Koziupa and Alejandro Paul, the energetic Bayoneta bridges the aesthetic gap between “knife-wielding kitsch and studied display lettering.” The smooth, hewn characters provide a primitive spontaneity and some lively headline action.
Also from Koziupa and Paul, Machete is more than just an “overfed” version of Bayoneta. It definitely sports a similar hand-cut style — but with chunkier, closed letterforms and a more significant footprint. This is a beefy, no-nonsense display face that works extremely well in both all caps and mixed case.
Apparently something happened in Milwaukee last week. Enjoy round one of TypeCon-related items:
There were speakers and presenters, too:
Rumor has it that someone made audio recordings of the presentations. I assume the quality was high enough that we’ll eventually get to hear it for ourselves!
There were enough TypeCon-related links that we could stop there. But wait, there’s more:
Grab your calendars and maybe book travel:
And finally …
Thanks for hanging with us this far. With the sheer volume this week, we decided to tweak the format a little. Does it work? Who knows! Feel free to gripe or celebrate in the comments — and we’ll see you on Saturday.
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for powering through this week’s backlog of new type!
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