October 2018

Month

Aglet Slab

Aglet Slab is part of a powerful trio of typefaces that XYZ Type launched with last year. Along with Export and Cortado, Aglet Slab hints at what we can ...
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ALS Lamon

I still remember being immediately attracted to ALS Lamon because of its incredibly novel concept and brilliant execution. The design has a very difficult brief: first, both upper- and ...
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Artigo Display

Joana Correia of Porto, Portugal, has been around, typographically speaking. A graduate of Reading University’s type design program, she has contributed to Google Fonts and Indian Type Foundry; and ...
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Ashoka Odia

Centuries of Latin-centric typesetting technologies have had a clear influence on most Odia text typefaces. The natural, fluid forms found in manuscripts and handwriting are squished to fit inside uniformly ...
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Avory

Typographic history favors metal and paper, specifically metal on paper. It is less kind to the ephemeral expressions of language made visible, like written or painted letters, or even ...
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Atahualpa

Atahualpa is full of surprises. At first glance, I found myself fascinated by individual letters: the y! The other y! The k, the a, the g, the B! The alternate ...
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Bitcount

In an era of ever-higher screen resolutions, Petr van Blokland has released a hymn to pixel-shaped letters on coarse grids — a programmatic system for a playful design approach. A little over ...
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BC Brief

The most efficient way to get from one point to another is typically via a straight line. The quickest route is not necessarily the most interesting one, though. Luckily, ...
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Brutal

Quite simply, I like Brutal because it is different. It is a refreshing change from the plethora of sans serifs and scripts that have dominated type design for over ...
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Buinton

The thing that characterizes a good Victorian logo script (or “sports script,” as I first came to know it) is its restraint, which, in Buinton’s default characters, at least, ...
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29LT Bukra

In recent years, Arabic typefaces have increasingly responded to contemporary visual communication and new media needs, and so have their aesthetic diversity. The design of large families that accomm­odate ...
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Calcula

If typography is writing with preformed and reusable letters (or, to put it more conceptually, with the instructions for making those letters) that can be combined and recombined into ...
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FF Casus

There are many reasons why I chose Eugene Yukechev’s FF Casus from a plethora of the year’s releases. I first met Eugene in 2004, when I was still a ...
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Chiswick

Type designers have to walk a fine line when creating type directly inspired by a specific location. We love discovering new source material and find it endlessly fascinating, but ...
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Digestive

“Something can be good, or it can be original; it can rarely be both.” That’s a saying I’ve heard attributed to Matthew Carter, without being able to pinpoint the ...
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Dover Text

“It’s my Marmite font,” Robin Mientjes says as we chat about the features of her newest release. Dover Text is an acquired taste, but unlike Marmite — the salty British food ...
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Dr

It’s the year 2017. Typefaces’ circles are perfect, lines are straight, and gratuitous corrections have been seamlessly injected into every letterform, in an attempt to achieve optical perfection. But ...
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