Poached, Boiled and Scrambled. Yes thats right! "The Between typeface is a delicious typographic concoction: one sans-serif typeface, expertly poached, boiled and scrambled into three new and unique styles by master type chef Akira Kobayashi."
The Between family is a clever concept. The typeface(s) share an archytypal structure but the geometry (and genre) of each face varies to adjust the tone. Between 1 is technical and modern. Between 2 is crisp and legible but a bit friendlier and more cheerful. Between 3 is lively with a handwritten organic feel.
I had a pre-release test drive of Between and I think it is beautifully constructed and conceived.
I tend to personify my type, and when working with between I see three really distinct personalities which is remarkable given how similar each face is and how much common DNA they share. All three comprise the same cap height, x-height and many letterforms which provide a fluidity between them (thus, the name). But the distinct characters, make a significant difference.
"Work began on what would become the Between typeface with sketches of a DIN that didn’t feel quite so cold. The principle of warmth became the focus of the family, which covers three variations from subtle nuance to humanistic fluency."
Built for versatility, the Between typeface’s numbered variations span eight full weights from thin to black, each complete with a companion italic. Fontshop are pitching Between as a branding and communications workhorse (and I'd wholeheartedly agree) but I think the variant texture and tone would apply well in book and editorial settings (particularly in an educational space).