Maria Doreuli, Liza Rasskazova and Nikita Sapozhkov have launched contrast foundry and promise to not just retail fonts but also to show the behind the scene process. I love the playful attitude the trip bring to the site (check out the about page where the founders pose with fruit and offer up dating profile details! This independent foundry already boasts some terrific typefaces and it is definitely a foundry to watch!
Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen are marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bold Monday the independent Dutch font foundry with the release of an EP. This limited edition vinyl release features exclusive tracks by Le Cliché and Colophon. Designed by MuirMcNeil, the sleeve uses Capibara from the Bold Monday library.
Can you imagine transporting yourself through place and time to ancient Rome? Designers Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger did precisely this when exhaustively researching their latest release. “This would turn out to be not just a design challenge, but a conceptual historical endeavour, like an archaeological dig.”
Unique stand alone serif’s come together in a collection aimed at those who tell stories. Their diversity and versatility ensures whatever the narrative this suite of faces will provide a memorable voice.
James Edmonson of OhNo TypeCo’s latest article talks about the business of starting out in the type design business and the shortcomings of his debut typeface. “I was too excited, eager, and inexperienced to care. Obviously, one cannot see the things one cannot see, but slowly, mistakes born of naivety began to show their ugly faces one by one.”
With the october name change (from Typekit to adobeFonts) came numerous improvements to the service—no more desktop sync limits, no more web-only fonts and no more pageview limits. Thousands of additional fonts were added as well, improving the collection dramatically. Acknowledging the shift Jeremiah Shoaf ranked 40 of his favorites adobe faces and answered some frequently asked questions about the service
Fontsmith has released trial versions of their entire library. I can set a sample chapter in a font (with limited character set) and present it to the client for approval without having to purchase up front. Once the client has approved my design I can then buy the full version to produce the finished work. This will save designers money up front and allow us to present clients with more diverse options at the concept development phase. It truly is fantastic news for our industry.
Abyme is a digital type foundry which also publishes texts on typography, its culture and history; their latest essay by Charles Mazé dives deep into the history of french type design focusing on Deberny & Peignot’s Série no. 16
Alcalá, designed by Damien Gautier, is based on the Polyglot Bible of Alcalá. The first drawings go back to 1995 and was progressed in 2011 as a client commission, and now available as a full featured retail font. Alcalá’s characteristics are perfect for editorial design, especially newspaper and magazine layouts. (not just religious texts!) Its sharp design guarantees high readability, space saving and smart printed rendering in small sizes, as well as a great look in bigger uses.