I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who's been particularly busy this past month, so take a breath, put the kettle on, hydrate, take a break and enjoy this, our monthly roundup of all that's good in the world of typography and fonts, and beyond. Everything from fantastic new fonts and Microsoft's Typeface deathmatch to a new font management app, and free community support for creatives. Enjoy!

 
Sponsored by Bard Graduate Center, publisher of Jan Tschichold and the New Typography by Paul Stirton.

Let's get started with some recent releases. First up, we head to South America to visit Ale Paul and his gorgeous and newly released, Plethora.
 

Get your nineteenth-century layers on with VTC Ruby from Vocal Type. They also have a good writeup on the history of this style of typeface.
 

My new favorite pixel fonts from Rosetta foundry. Meet Gridlite. It's used to wonderful effect in the new Typographics Festival branding, thanks to Nick Sherman. It's also a variable font with Weight, Background, and Element Shape axes!
 

Transducer from JTD, a news sans typeface comprising 30 fonts:
 

Grilli Releases GT Maru, replete with a pretty cool minisite, and even some fun stickers / emoji.
 

Postea a new and rather friendly geometric sans designed by José Scaglione & Veronika Burian of Typetogether.
 

From Hypertype, the new foundry of Minjoo Ham and  Mark Frömberg, a big update to Neutronic – now available in Hangul and Latin, with the Latin available in Thin, Regular, and Heavy. A lovely typeface family. And that a deserves its own minisite!
 

Werksatz, a new Grotesque from Identity Letters, a German type foundry run by Moritz Kleinsorge:
 

And be sure to check out their 'semi-stencil', Glance Slab!


Hidden gems

Although it's exciting to see all the great new releases, let's not forget the hidden gems, like Font Fabric’s magnificent Madelyn:
 

And Larrikin by the talented Kaja Słojewska is not only a fun and lovely typeface, but it's free for personal use. And Kaja is a type designer to keep your eye on!
 


Inspired

The remarkable paper sculpture letters of Zai Divecha:
 


Helping Hands

Starting out as a freelance designer can be pretty daunting. If you are a new or young designer just getting started, do yourself a favor and follow the typographic wonder woman, Martina Flor on Instagram. She has tons of useful tips on lettering, typography and on how to grow your client base. 
 
And while we're on the topic of incredible people, Jessica Hische has started a Discord server for creative parents called Power Save Mode. Sometimes just being able to share your trials, tribulations, and triumphs with others who get it can make all the difference. The world needs more of this!


Font talk

Font classification has always been a tricky (or fraught) topic. Nicolas Jenson and Aldus Manutius had it easy back in the fifteenth century. But then that was long before the invention of sans serifs and tens of thousands of display typefaces, or even bold! For years now, we've been using, albeit loosely, the Vox-ATypI classification, first devised in the 1950s by Maximilien Vox. But it was never designed to describe anything other than Latin typefaces. Abc was ok, but  한국어 or 日本語 or ภาษาไทย – forget about it! In fact, Vox-ATypI labels pretty much everything but Latin as simply Non-Latin – not particularly informative, inclusive, useful, or fair. It's like referring to most kinds of animals as Non-Birds. And the sub-categroes themselves were inadequate. Old style and Modern are, for example, aren't particularly descriptive or useful, especially when so-called Modems first appeared at the end of the 18th century. How modern is that!
 
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Vox-ATypI system has now been de-adopted by ATypI (not that they are the gods or arbiters of how we choose to talk about type), and we await, with cautious optimism, for something more useful. It's also a topic in the most recent edition of The League of Moveable Type podcast, Where font classification comes from.

Remarkable alphabet from American Illustration winner, Marty Blake. [ht Brian Collins]
 

Simon Walker is the guy behind UK type foundry, Beasts of England. He's also an accomplished letterer and designer. 
 

Ohno Radio, a new podcast from James Edmondson's Ohno Type Co. In the latest episode, James talks to Joyce Ketterer of Darden Studio about triumphs, failures, and launching a type foundry. Definitely one to subscribe to.
 


Apps

I've always been thoroughly underwhelmed by apps that help you organize your fonts. They're either bloated and way too complicated to use, or they replicate what's natively in Windows and Mac OS but with a different paint job. But FontBase, a new app from Dominik Levitsky, could well be the Font Management app we've all been waiting for.

 


Recommended Reading

Designing a typeface with your hands is hard enough, but can you design a typeface with your eyes?
 

A brief flight of fancy in A Dystopian Future, by Ludovica Polo.
 

Some very handy web typography tools in the latest Smashing Magazine newsletter.
 
 
TypeTogether cofounder Veronika Burian writes about Understanding Diacritics.
 

Emily Gosling interviews Neville Brody and talks about Navigating Graphic Design’s Shifting Identity:
 

It's the end of an era for Calibri, Microsoft's default text face. You can read more about what might replace it in Fast Company's dramatically titled, Microsoft debuts five new fonts in a death match to rule Office.
 

And Ralph's take on Microsoft's quest for a new default typeface:
 

And (blue-shirted) Oliver Schöndorfer's take on the five contenders, Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite.
 


Printed Type

A very cool print by Mat Voyce:
 

Gerard Unger: life in letters. I've not yet read it but have heard only good things about it.
 


Type on the Socials

Some lovely letters from designer and artist, Max Drekker.
 

Splendid letters from Art Director & Designer, Jasmina Zornic:
 

I hope you've enjoyed this month's roundup. Join me again next month. Be sure to share the love on the socials and beyond. Thanks for reading. Be safe, be kind, be healthy...

Johno
I Love Typography
 

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