Type News: That Was the Weird that Was
After TypeCon wrapped, Grant and I were investigating whether a new typeface had led a happy life. The next thing I know, I’m on a farm, wearing a dress, and staring at the corpse of someone who looked an awful lot like Jason Sudeikis.
But enough about me. How are you?
The slightly softened Schoiffer Sans is Jérémie Hornus’ contemporary — and smooth — approach to a simplified humanist face. Friendly forms feel updated while still “respecting the structure of the historical model”. Light, regular, and bold weights are accompanied by a single mid-range italic.
Straight out of Vladivostok comes Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky’s energetic Braxton. Combining brash brushwork with angular calligraphic details, this five weight script features plenty of display-savvy alternates and ligatures, as well as case-sensitive punctuation. A single “taster” weight is available for free — sans all the OpenType gizmos and gewgaws, natch — so everyone can try before they buy.
The Canada Type tag team of Patrick Griffin and Kevin Allan King were admittedly “obsessed” in bringing Georg Trump’s overlooked Mauritius to life. The final typeface Trump designed, this transitional serif is based on the original metal cuts. Covering a trio of weights and two widths, it has been carefully expanded and brought up to the digital speed it deserves.
Oh yeah? Fontyou! With Fontyou’s Squirrel, that is. This juicy semi-serif, sorta-script by Franck Monfermé and Gia Tran oozes an overhauled vintage poster vibe — complete with high contrast construction, an assortment of alternates, plus a swinging set of ball terminals.
After “accidentally” falling in love with type design, Andrea Leksen decided that her debut face would be based on the engraved lettering found on Seattle’s historic Bemis building. This high-waisted, all-caps serif features a set of ¾-height capitals in the lowercase slots, plus a variety of suitably classic ornaments and rules.
Typegroup’s Noodge explores the geometry, modularity, and structural evolution pioneered by the likes of Wim Crouwel and 8vo. Three increasingly resolved, bitmap-inspired weights demonstrate an unsubtle progression from simple to the more complex.
Along with announcing the grand opening of his Type Supply foundry and its redesigned digs, Tal Leming also managed to squeeze out a significant new type release. With Balto, Leming takes his “passion for the classic American Gothic” and puts his characteristic (and awesomely persnickety) spin on the entire package. Eight weights — from a spaghetti-strap thin to a meaty ultra — are outfitted with all manner of figures, fractions, arrows, and sorts.
So much has happened since we were last together. No more clever lead-ins: let’s begin.
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Now that we’ve dug ourselves out, we’ll resume a more regular schedule. See you next week!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for delivering a bunch of wicked typefaces, no matter their pedigree.
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