Love it or hate it if you have an opinion on comic sans (or have ever worn crocs to a wedding) this medium article is a lesson in context and appropriateness for you. “if you love Comic Sans, you don’t know anything about typography. But if you hate Comic Sans, then you don’t know anything about typography either…and you should get another hobby”.
“Our mission is to develop typefaces that push ourselves, and that push boundaries,” says Simon Bent of Melbourne-based type foundry Metis. From the heavy Dot19 to shape-tastic Geometer Regular, Metis’ typefaces blur the lines between creative expression and practicality. “You have to be creative with how you apply some of them in practice because of how far we push the limits of legibility, but that’s something we can live with,” Simon tells It’s Nice That.
“Specimen VI is a refined hand by artist Aileen Fretz of Plume Calligraphy: thoroughly modern yet absolutely timeless.” It is impressively natural, legible and remarkably robust. At 2,580 characters, with “Rubix-cube-inspired feature code” Specimen VI provides beautiful opentype alternates to ensure the text looks like it has flown from the nib.
I always love seeing the diverse quality produced by the TypeMedia graduates. Their class of 2018 microsite is live and it does’nt dissapoint with loads of terrific typefaces on offer. My favourite (although it was tricky to choose!) is Zrinka Buljubašić’s Dalma which is a “reinterpretation of contradictory movements of the sea such as static and dynamic, sturdy and delicate, elegant and raw, wild and calm”
Designer Jeremy Tankard describes his latest release as ‘expressive, emotive and explosive’. The Brucker family has 4 weights in 2 styles, and is designed as a ‘restless typeface’ which adds drama and energy to text through the use of interrupted curves, a dynamic rhythm and disjointed baseline. The forms are commanding, and I was captivated so I caught up with Jeremy to learn more…
Doug Wilson is creating a terrific resource for people looking for quality ‘free’ fonts after observing a recent trend of high quality, open source fonts he began compiling a list and inviting people to contribute and comment via twitter
In this video they profile Briefcase Type… a foundry offering a wide range of unique and original Czech fonts by authors, who may not wish to set up their own type foundry. It profiles itself as an independent type foundry. Briefcase digitizes original font designs, offer fonts by young authors and help publish older, previously unreleased fonts. The project is a logical extension of the Suitcase Type Foundry.
Designed by Bernd Volmer Seraphs is font family that encompasses multiple typographic styles in one single system. Unlike other families with a sans and serif style, Seraphs doesn’t stop there. Utilising variable font technology Seraphs delivers 6 genre in one font and allows the user to define intermediary styles meaning the aesthetic possibilities are vast!
Narrow and straight-sided, Aglet Sans playfully exploits a system of angles and corner radiuses to arrive at a vocabulary of shapes that becomes more diverse and intriguing as it grows more substantial in weight and provides a dynamism that offsets the strictures of other forms, urging the eye forward. I spoke with Designer Jesse Ragan to learn more
“The London Type Foundry release new fonts infused with creativity, innovation, heritage, tolerance, fun and cultural diversity — they are all inspired by LONDON.” They recently released a super bold type specimen showcasing their place responsive type.