“Typefaces speak of where culture is, its priorities and aspirations,” says the Wellington-based Klim Type Foundry. Jess Sowersby tells its nice that about the unique design scene in New Zealand and the pros and cons of its cultural landscape. She remarks on the importance of design in reflecting the collective expression of a country and as a result, how Klim is creating work like no one else in any part of the world.
NM types latest project Movement was born as a collaboration with Design Indaba, and draws inspiration from the perfomance of contemporary dance. Movement’s letterforms express the shifting form and weight in a South African dancer, Andile Vellem’s body.
I spoke with Matthieu about the typographic innovation coming out of France, His innovative new comic-esque type specimen, the foundries latest release and future trajectory.
A letterpress specimen of Bifur wood type, designed and printed by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Associate Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. Amelia’s master’s thesis focused on Deberny et Peignot, the French foundry that originally produced Bifur. The colophon text is printed from vintage Peignot metal type—another classic typeface designed by A.M. Cassandre. This 12" x 19" specimen print is hand-printed in four colors, with five press runs, in a strictly limited edition of 42 copies. And, for the month of March, they are offering the digital versions of P22 Bifur at 50% off!
Frank Fonts is the new independent type foundry of Béla Frank, a British-Hungarian type and graphic designer who has been releasing fonts since 2010, mostly through Faberfonts. His new foundry focuses on making high-quality and affordable typefaces, of which the first retail release, Kraken, is an original slab with strong personality, drawing its inspiration from the raw, yet lively look of the earliest 19th century English Antique faces. (Link and text via Noemi Stauffer’s excellent freshfonts newsletter)
Based in Bangkok, Thailand Dave is prolifically producing typefaces and retails via MyFonts. Dave says Schizotype is a foundry with a multiple personality disorder, making mainly display fonts in a wide variety of genres.
Argentinian designer Ramiro Espinoza, founder of ReType, brings his enthusiasm for Dutch design to a practical exploration of how we might guide typography into the future by learning more about its past. “Believe it or not, understanding punchcutting and metal typography can even help you to improve your digital typefaces.”
Matthieu Cortat’s Yorick has an ingenious approach to spacing alternates; while it is a monospaced font it also contains alternative glyphs set to half and one-and-a-half width. I asked the Matthieu to tell us more about his design process, inspiration and the fonts features.
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!