ILT presents

The Month in Type

February 2021
I Love Typography – the world's favorite type blog

I hope that your 2021 is already going a lot better than your 2020. In the unlikely event that you’ve been stationed on the Moon or Mars during the month of January, you might want to catch up on My Favorite Typefaces of 2020. And welcome home!

This issue is sponsored by Jamie Clarke Type. Thanks, Jamie!

This month, we’re returning to our Month in Type theme, with a roundup of all that’s new in the world of typography and fonts...

So, what’s new?

New type
: Well, what better way to begin the New Year than with a brand new typeface from Typofonderie. Arteria Compress, designed by Jean François Porchez is, as its names suggests, a condensed or narrow design which takes its principal design cues and charm from nineteenth-century wood type mixed with a little of the geometric. In the details, I particularly like the alternate forms of Q and the domed-head, ‘Italian’ A.

Released today is the gorgeous Sagittarius from H&Co: 'equally at home among the beauty and wellness aisles, or the coils of the warp core.'

Quirky type: As I have a soft spot for wibbly wobbly or quirky sans serifs, I was happy to see the release of Dan Cederholm’s (of SimpleBits and Dribbble fame) Rotondo. What do I mean by wibbly wobbly? I’m referencing the irregular or unexpected weight distribution, especially in the curves. A good example of this can be seen in the letter O. Note how the weight is distributed throughout this letter; it’s unexpected, right! — it’s wibbly wobbly.

Student type: It’s that time of year again: the time when the typefaces of the class of 2020 KABK TypeMedia graduates are published online. Their creativity, novelty, and hard work never ceases to impress. Every typeface is deserving of praise. My favorites of 2019 were the big, bold slab-serif Decibel by Ethan Cohen, the crazy and innovative Rezak by Anya Danilova, and Alexis Boscariol's super-fun & expansive Picardy. For 2020, it's too tough to choose!

Emotional type: Traditional typeface categories are certainly not up to the task of describing the intriguing type design experiments of Bavaria-born graphic designer Stefanie Vogl.

Le Rosart, a new type family from Lukas Schneider earned a place on my Honorable Mentions list. Not only is it a very good typeface, but it has an especially cool mini-site that's a whole lot more than a marketing tool. Le Rosart is published by Revolver Type. (I really must do an interview with Lukas!)

Typographica has published its list of Our Favorite Typefaces of 2019. Yes, it’s a year behind but it’s still an epic undertaking and, as the reviews are standalone, it’s really easy to dip in and out. One of my favorites is Laura Meseguer’s review of Jérôme Knebusch’s semi-Roman or semi-Gothic, Almost. More reviews are on the way.

Hidden gems: A recent post on TypeWolf reminded me of how good Colophon Foundry’s Lydia looks. Published in 2013, it's Benjamin Critton's bold & condensed interpretation of Warren Chappell’s Lydian (1938). I'd really like to see more of this hidden gem.

Nick Sherman's Service Gothic gets some very cool additions in v. 0.2. Those printers' fists!

Font Goggles: is a pretty neat app that reveals font features sometimes hidden or difficult to find. It’s Mac only but is Open Source.

In Design Around the World, Tobias van Schneider explores the complex and dynamic design community in Lebanon.


Remaking books: A new book from Kat Ran Press that features just some of the hundreds of re-drawn book spines of Ootje Oxenaar, created over a 50-year period [via Steven Heller]

I first posted about André Felipe’s site way back in 2009! Since then, it’s been through quite a few iterations, with its best going live last month. Be sure to check out the visual treat that is Typographic Posters

Hans Hillmann: And if those 6,000 examples are not enough to satisfy your poster hunger, then be sure to take a look at the new website and book on the posters of German graphic designer Hans Hillmann (1925–2014).  [via The Daily Heller]

Issue 1 of TypeOne magazine is back in stock. And preorders are open for issue 2:

Walsh aPlenty: Love &Walsh’s refreshingly new identity for the vertical farm co., Plenty. Bold and brave color palette, a custom typeface, and a little subtle humor in there too. As usual, It’s Nice That has an excellent write-up. 

I'm an unabashed fanboy of Letterror (aka Erik van Blokland). Buy his beautiful zines. Choose from three in the series: The Fish Book, The Train Book, and the just-released The Maps Book. Erik really needs a just send me everything you have button.


Roger Excoffon: Although this talk by Bruce Kennett took place in October 2019, I’ve only just discovered it. Please tell me I’m not the last person in the world to see it! Roger Excoffon: type designer, graphic designer, painter:

A thoroughly charming and analog stop-animation video for New_ Public. Who needs animation software when you can use string and colored card. [ht @H&Co]
Podcast: The League of Moveable Type podcast, The Weekly Typographic, is now in its 51st episode. Congratulations to Olivia and Micah for that impressive achievement. It’s really a lot of work to research, write, organize, edit and produce a weekly podcast, so be sure to check out the delightful product of their combined passions and labors: The three most recent episodes are: Legibility vs Readability & Uniwidth TypefacesThe Lost Art of the Ex Libris, Burger King's Rebrand & Fictional Fonts; and Typeface Classifications They Didn't Teach You in School‬.

Then there's Dribbble’s The Overtime Podcast, hosted by the fabulously flamboyant Meg Lewis:

Book History: It took several hundred years for images to become commonplace on the covers of books – this story is a little on the academic side, but for those interested in book history, you’ll enjoy The Golden Age of Decorated Cloth Book Covers.

Pimp my Type: Bravo to Oliver Schöndorfer for his wonderfully informative, no-nonsense guide to different kinds of numerals or figures in Improving the Typography of the iOS time display.


Some great design and stunning color palettes from Typozon.


Six accounts well worth following on the socials: The Instagram of Kae, a Creative Director in Berlin:

Designer and journalist, and one of my all-time favorite editorial designers, Francesco Franchi:

For some graphic design inspiration look no further than Zeldman’s graphis collection on Pinterest.

And how about this for a poster from the talented @posterlad in Amsterdam.

And the remarkably talented Benoit Leva, where paper art meets stop motion, meets type. Also on Vimeo.
And that reminds me: Instagram was founded in 2010, three years after ILT. Since then, Instagram and ILT have followed slightly different paths, with Insta being sold to Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion, while ILT was not. After more than a decade, it appears that Instagram is no flash in the pan, so ILT now has an Insta account [trumpet blasts, angels singing]. We hope you'll join us, and forgive us for being a little late to the party.
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Next month's Month in Type is devoted to a single great theme, and lands March 8! I wonder what that could be!
See you all next month! Stay safe, stay healthy, be kind, be happy!

A very big thank you to this month's sponsor, Jamie Clarke Type, and our four advertisers: exljbris Font Foundry, Mark Simonson Studio, Shinntype, and Fontstore.

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