It’s not paranoia, it’s the news! Pay no attention to what lurks
in the shadows: let’s head right in.
Two and a half years ago, TypeTogether deliberately
teased us by giving away a single weight taste of a serif’d
José Scaglione and Veronika Burian have finally finished polishing
Serif — a fleshed-out slab to complement their sleek sans
family. The six weight range shares the same lively, upright forms
and slightly condensed stance as the serif-less version. The only
thing missing is a set of matching italics. (Hint, hint.) Let’s
assume those are already in the works … and we’ll promise to wait
The concept behind Nikola Kostić’s Bicyclette
was to create a balance between curves and angles, gentleness and
solidity, elegance and substance. The family contains six weights
of moderately extended geometric sans with squat lowercase
characters, whose stubbiness is exaggerated by elongated ascenders
and descenders. Details have been sanded down just a hair,
softening the typeface without obscuring the structural
fundamentals (or requiring a name change to “Bicyclette
The first of a pair of releases from Serbia’s Tour de Force is Dušan
Jelesijević’s Lasta. This
quaint titling face mixes low-contrast engravers-style Romans with
a set of “poetic” italics. A diminutive x-height, sharp wedged
serifs, and an oddball lowercase rhythm provide a lot of
personality in the details.
Also from Tour de Force comes a contrasty hybrid sans by the
name of Publio.
Jelesijević created minimalist upright and italic styles on a
geometric framework, featuring an oblong shapes, triangular
“semi-serifs”, and generous counters.
Building on the structural qualities first seen in his Remo Stencil, Thomas
Thiemich has recently finished up a seriously complete set of sans
for OurType. Combining aspects
of the grotesque, humanist, and geometric schools, Thiemich’s
provides ten weights worth of uniformly warm and inviting type.
It’s stuffed with OpenType niceties, including a generous selection
of alternates, as well as a “plus”
variation that implements longer ascenders across the board.
Fascinated by the limitations of the pixel, Nicolas Eigenheer
explored how rendering curves on the screen could affect
typographic forms. The result is Px Grotesk — a
hybrid grotesque-style sans that “embeds screen parameters into a
classic linear drawing.” The three primary weights — from light to
bold — embody the simplifications required in grid-based
constructions, especially noticeable in the vertical curves. A
deliberate (and obvious) “pixel” cut is supplied as well.
And now, a deliberate curve right into the news:
- Thanks to Dubi Kaufmann’s efforts, we can confirm that birds love type as much as we
- Check out this
stitched type. (Or is it lettering?)
- Do you write about type and typography? Consider writing for the Typophile
- Joel Brown profiles
The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts.
- Add two shirts to the covet list: “Lock-Up” and “Hamilton’s 1892 Specimen,”
from — you guessed it! — the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing
- While we’re on the topic of the Hamilton, check out these
photos of unpacking the press room from the big move.
- Mark Barratt reports on the
fifth International Conference on Typography and Visual
Communication, which recently took place in Cyprus.
- Richard Turgeon explains WebINK’s type
clarified their stance on privacy.
- The folks at
Typecast interviewed Edenspiekermann on type, branding, and
responsive design, among other topics.
- Those same fine people also interviewed
- Ralf Herrmann recommends some type-
and lettering-lovers to follow on Instagram.
- Jack John Brown reviews the
FontBook app for iOS.
- Stephen Coles answers the question, “Why
do many font foundries not provide app / web fonts?”
- Follow (“your”? “a”?) dream & be the next software engineer for
Hoefler & Frere-Jones.
- Did you know that Edward Johnston was born in Uruguay? Now you do.
- Monotype has released FontExplorer X Pro 4.0. Yay,
Apple announced iOS
7 last week; here are a couple type-related highlights:
We’re probably missing events — let us know of others in the
comments! — but here are a couple TypeCon-related
Quit following me
Or not, whatever floats your boat. Next week: the
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson for rounding up this week’s new
type, if only because of the surveillance cameras I’ve installed
around his home.