December 2019

Month

Faune

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a typeface comes along that turns your expectations upside down. With Faune, commissioned by the Centre National des Art Plastiques, Alice ...
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Karelia

Ink traps saw a resurgence in 2018, often as a subtle way for art institutions to say, “We’re creative!” To safely differentiate themselves: “We’re not your tech start-up friendly-round-sans, ...
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Ohno Blazeface

I picture five-year-old James Edmondson, sitting on the floor of his dad’s graphic design studio back in the early 1990s, poring over vintage Letraset catalogs and copies of U&lc ...
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Hesse Antiqua

Hesse Antiqua is a titling face that, like a particularly fine wine, is best reserved for special occasions. These are letters that can lend a sense of dignity and ...
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Reforma

Reforma is one of those typographic projects that does not go unnoticed. Well, truth be told, none of Alejandro Lo Celso’s projects go unnoticed, at least not by me. Like ...
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Mohol

Mohol was developed as a custom typeface for the László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant in 2016. Designer Adam Katyi’s musings about a sans serif inspired by the broad-nib pen, layered ...
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FS Kim

With so many well-crafted recent typefaces worthy of praise, why did I pick FS Kim? Because it’s pretty? Well, yes; it’s very nicely drawn. FS Kim is an “unconventional ...
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NN Rektorat

NN Rektorat, a typeface family currently consisting of fourteen cuts, features squarish, geometric glyphs whose origins date back to the early 1930s. Rudolf Barmettler has resurrected the family in ...
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Berthe

Finally. On September 24, 2003, Chris Anemone asked on Typophile: “What typeface is used for that paragraph, Hrant, do you know?” It was the body face of Louis Émile ...
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Ziza

Ziza is the second digital font release to emerge from Mark van Wageningen’s ongoing experiments in constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing type, exploring the connections between various type technologies and ...
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Heldane

Of all of the genres of Garalde serif typefaces, I’m particularly fond of the early Renaissance Dutch, especially those cut by the Flemish punchcutter Hendrik van den Keere. I ...
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Empirica

In an era of 1970s-inspired chonky serif typefaces, Empirica, by Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger, traces its historical roots back much, much further. Heavily influenced by iconic inscriptions from the ...
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Bradley DJR

If you’re looking for a blackletter without the baggage,1 Bradley DJR may be the typeface for you. David Jonathan Ross’ first attempt at producing a blackletter,2 Bradley DJR is a ...
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Tangly

Zuzana Licko is definitely one of my biggest inspirations. A woman in the type design field, behind a company that made history and continues to surprise and impress. I ...
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Garnett

Over the past few years, Sharp Type founders Chantra Malee and Lucas Sharp have assembled an eclectic team of skilled young designers in an effort to produce audacious, high-quality ...
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Study

On the first day of Type@Cooper, our instructor, Jesse Ragan, passed around some materials: a syllabus, a diagram of type terminology… I was going to learn type design! In ...
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Mizan

Mizan is an elegant, contemporary Naskh design that benefits from open counters and clear shapes that enhance its legibility. Its low contrast makes it quite suitable for onscreen reading. ...
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Rizado Script

Based on the pointed pen, Rizado Script meets the elegant expectations of a script typeface while harnessing a distinct typographic and textural groove. Rizado’s rhythm comes from several sources. The ...
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Fern

Venetian Oldstyle types are ubiquitous: they constantly crop up in books, and their familiar forms help ground readers by evoking warmth, delightful expression, and historic authenticity. This classification is an ...
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Brenner

Superfamilies are an attractive option when composing type palettes. Packaging up a sans, serif, and maybe a slab or some optical sizes offers an array of typographic options — a one-stop ...
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Antipol

Distorted black letterforms oscillate against the surrounding whitespace. The effect is vital, energetic, arresting. The ad, by Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar for Fortune magazine, reads “Modern banking is electronic ...
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Salvaje Display

Have you ever tried to domesticate a wild typeface? Christian Vargas has tried, and the result is magnificent. I love it when someone has the guts to explore shapes through ...
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Salvaje Display

Have you ever tried to domesticate a wild typeface? Christian Vargas has tried, and the result is magnificent. I love it when someone has the guts to explore shapes through ...
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