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)
Each design has an individual purpose, they all share the commonality of celebrating the variable font. Variable fonts surfaced in the 1990s during an ambitious revamp of the Macintosh graphics system. But the early era internet couldn’t support them. Today with hyper-advancements in web development, designers are experimenting with variable fonts like never before, crafting new tools to fulfil their typographic curiosities.
Drew’s ABCs is a project of passion that Ned and Brenda have been dreaming about accomplishing for the past 5 years. Limited to an edition of 350. In its wonderful pages, the alphabet comes alive. The concept for the book was to expose the richness of diversity within typography and celebrate its differences.
Canadian Gerald McGoey was judged to have falsified documents in an attempt to protect certain assets from bankruptcy proceedings because—the documents used Microsoft's Calibri & Cambria fonts, which didn't become widely available until 2007. This would have been fine were it not for the minor detail that the documents were dated 2004 and 1995.
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.
The game allows you to go on a ‘blind date’ with different fonts and learn more about type personalities as you go. If Times New Roman was a person, would you date them? The fifty cards in the game feature different fonts to choose from: make your selection, then turn over to find out what the type you’re attracted to says about the type of character you are. I am eagerly awaiting my copy & will write more as soon as I have had a chance to play!