We have big news!

You know that feeling when you walk into your favorite store and all around your eyes are met with so many amazing things to buy. You’re the proverbial kid in the candy store. You feel as though you could browse the aisles forever because shopping for your favorite things is always fun!

Shopping for the right typeface should never be a chore. There’s joy and wonder in discovering new typefaces, and there’s a wonderful sense of satisfaction when you find the right typeface — the one that gives the pitch-perfect voice to what you want to say. When we say we love type we’re not exaggerating: from inception and process right through to letterforms that magically appear on the page, there is a love for the craft of type design and the letterforms themselves. Today, more than ever, we celebrate that love of type with you!
[drum roll, cannons sounding and trumpets heralding from heaven…]

We have a shop! Yes, from today you can get your new favorite fonts from I Love Typography! 

[cue fireworks…]

The ILT team has grown, so please join me in welcoming Nadine Chahine and Julia Hiles! Together we’ve worked hard over the past months to bring you a launch cohort of 40 foundries, some 600 typeface families and 7,000 fonts! In celebration of this truly momentous occasion, we’re also thrilled to announce that many of our foundry partners are launching new typefaces with us — today! We also welcome two brand new foundries making their world debut here on ILT. 

New shop, new fonts, new foundries…

There are just so many incredible things to announce that we’d need dozens of newsletters — but for now I’ll try my best to keep it brief, so you can get to the shop and explore for yourselves! And later I’ll be writing scores of articles on new typefaces and doing interviews with many of our foundry partners. We have fifteen new typeface families released today. Let me tell you about them!

So, let me re-introduce you to type design legend Martin Majoor and his new foundry. Martin’s eponymous foundry debuts with the magnificent Comma Base, a splendid humanist sans that brilliantly blurs the line between sans and serif. Talent like Majoor’s cannot be hurried, and he certainly designs on his own timeline, usually taking years to craft his typefaces. But he never disappoints, and it’s always worth the wait. In Comma Base, letterforms both rounded and chiselled make for some splendid counter shapes. It’s an instant favorite and I’m excited to see how you’ll all use it. (I’ll be interviewing Martin on Twitter very soon!)

Palast from HvD
Hannes von Döhren is best known for the award-winning Brandon superfamily. We’re thrilled to announce that Hannes’ latest labor of love debuts exclusively here on ILT. Palast comprises three families: Text, Display, and Poster, with the latter, the highest contrast version, designed especially for settings at the very largest sizes. These optical sizes (or optical families) make Palast especially versatile. Expect to see Palast appearing in settings from editorial design right through to online and ads the size of buildings; and anywhere else where elegance and versatility are prerequisites.

New from type design legend Jean François Porchez is the delightful Allumi Inline. I was already a fan of the steel-sprung Allumi family but would not have imagined an inline version. And certainly not one with the punch and pizzaz of Allumi Inline. It feels as though it could have swaggered off a 60s movie credits screen. I love the idea of the offset and rotated inline which introduces a lot of movement into the letterforms — ‘an italic drawn inside a roman’. Can’t wait to use this one. And forgive me (in advance) if you to see me using it everywhere! Bravo, Jean François et l’équipe Typofonderie!

Audela by Fontfabric’s Léa Bruneau, and directed by Plamen Motev, is our next launch typeface. A workhorse serif text typeface in eight weights with italics. Sturdy wedge serifs and eminently suitable for reading. The angular italic is a fine helpmeet to the roman fonts. Their low junctions and relatively narrow proportions mean that they compliment and contrast well with the upright fonts to highlight or emphasize — just as good italics should. When it comes to individual letters, my favorite is the lowercase italic k. Comes with extended Latin and Cyrillic support. And the name? Its from ‘au-delà’ meaning ‘beyond’. I’m also beyond pleased to announce that Audela is exclusive to I Love Typography!

Joining Jamie Clarke’s growing Rig superfamily is Rig Sans, a geometric sans available in 16 weights and styles — great as a standalone or as the ideal companion to Rig Solid and Rig Shaded. Rig Sans also comes with some really splendid and useful alternate letterforms, including a lovely ampersand, a friendly Q, and different options for J and I.

Malou Verlomme has brought his formidable talents to bear on his new typeface, Messanges. Released today exclusively on ILT, Messanges comprises two families, Big and Small. Of course, the difference is not in the type size, but is a reference to their intended applications at larger display sizes and smaller text sizes, respectively. Some lovely details like the plump bowl of the lowercase a, a discreet detail in the lighter weights, but more prominent in the heavier weights. Very clear and legible numerals, no unnecessarily distracting details. This is a solid workhorse sans that I expect to see a lot of, especially in editorial design and on the web. We’d also like to congratulate Malou on another count: his brand new eponymous foundry debuts today on ILT.

Dino dos Santos of DSType launches two typeface families with us today, and they are exclusive to ILT! Idem and Idem Display comprise text and display fonts. Although the serifs are slabs, the design is not a typical slab serif. Idem works beautifully in text and the much higher contrast sibling, Idem Display, really packs a punch, especially in the  heaviest weights. The italics, especially in Idem Display (e.g. the Black Italic) are gorgeous. For me the standout letters are f, g, and the beautifully looped lowercase w.

Stencils have been in use for thousands of years, right from prehistoric hand stencil paintings on cave walls through to the sophisticated stencils fonts of the present day. Today, Luc(as) de Groot releases TheStencil, his ingenious take on the genre. The ‘missing’ parts of stencils are known as bridges and typically they’re of a uniform thickness. However, TheStencil introduces innovative variable bridge sizes which have a dramatic effect on the overall ‘stencilness’ of the types. But for even more variety TheStencil uses OpenType™ stylistic sets to introduce bridges in different directions: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, mixed, radial, and also a minimal bridges version that limits bridges to a few key letters. It’s a brilliant idea beautifully executed. TheStencil from LucasFonts comes in 80 (yes, 80!) fonts. And the complete collection offers significant savings.

LucasFonts’ second new release is the brilliant Tao. Depending on how you look at it, Tao could be considered an inline typeface or simply one with its main strokes drawn with two lines instead of one. Whichever you decide, it won’t change the fact that Tao is able to dress up and down. Add some bright colors to the heavier weights and styles and Tao feels pretty jaunty. At the other end of the spectrum: monochrome settings in the lighter weights becomes altogether more serious, stately even. That makes it feel like you’re getting two typefaces in one, and they’d be just as comfortable in food packing or on a poster as in a museum catalogue. I hope to see this everywhere!

From the Berlin-based foundry Mota Italic is the all-new Show Me The Mono. ‘Monospaced typefaces were once primarily associated with typewriters and now programmers are laying claim to them. But there’s no reason why they can’t be used everywhere!’ And I tend to agree with those sentiments. And Show Me The Mono is a case in point — proof that monospaced fonts have a far broader range of applications open to them. This is not your grandmother’s monospaced typeface, and neither does it feel like it's been upcycled from a variable width version. Instead, it feels like it’s be designed as a monospaced typeface from the outset. The result is a versatile display face that also works in texts down to pretty small sizes. And of course it will also serve you just as well as the default typeface in your text editor of choice. Show Me The Mono is available exclusively from ILT.

Our twelfth launch typeface is Grimmig, designed by Tamara Pilz & Lisa Schultz of Schriftlabor. Grimmig is in structure a roman typeface, but with a modest nod to blackletter fonts — evidenced not in the skeletons but in the angularity and breaks introduced into many of its curves. Asymmetric serifs are another nice feature and bring some extra spring to the letters' left-to-right dance. A solid text face that when blown up to much larger sizes will also look fantastic when those details, all but invisible at text sizes, really step into the limelight. I love the calligraphic italics which are, despite their carved forms, fluid and rather graceful.

From carved and angular to something entirely different: Équivoque, the latest typeface from Toshi Omagari’s ingeniously named Tabular Type Foundry, is an intimately spaced monospaced typeface in nine weights from Thin to Black. I’m especially fond of the extremes: the sparkling Thin and the thunderous Black. This is a typeface that will be just as comfortable in your text editor as on a poster. The ball terminals, especially in the monolinear lightest weights add a little fun and flair to the design. 

Tiro Typeworks has a reputation for fine typefaces well crafted. With their new release Laconia, designed by Ross Mills, Anna Giedryś, and Paul Hanslow, and available exclusively on ILT, they live up to their reputation. A very fine humanist sans serif available in seven roman weights from Thin to Black, accompanied by splendidly drawn italics. This versatile family, although it performs well in display setting, really sings in text settings, and is equally happy on paper and on screen.

Sakkal Design, the foundry of father and daughter super-duo Mamoun and Aida Sakkal, releases two new Arabic typefaces today on ILT. The first, Sakkal Kitab, is an exquisite traditional Naskh typeface that preserves the elegance and beauty of calligraphic Arabic. Even those completely unfamiliar with Arabic can still appreciate the artistry in such designs. Sakkal Kitab, ‘kitab’ meaning ‘book’, is drawn in a contemporary fashion but manages to seamlessly marry heritage with present-day aesthetics. The calligraphic mastery and skill of the exemplar letterforms has been beautifully carried into the digital fonts with remarkable grace and aplomb. 

Second is Sakkal Lablab, a splendid contemporary Kufi design. Thoroughly modern, open and clear, and ideal for use in branding; and versatile enough for numerous other uses, including, but by no means limited to, packaging, advertising, posters, and more.

These launch typefaces are just a tiny fraction of what’s available in the new ILT shop. To enjoy hundreds more, and take them for a test drive, visit the store and play with our type testers.

Because you love typography too

There are hardly words to express how excited we are to announce our new shop. We hope you’ll join us and our foundry partners in celebrating this new beginning. In the coming days, weeks and months, we’ll be talking a lot more about existing and future features in blog posts, here in this newsletter and on Twitter. And it goes without saying that many more great foundries and fonts will be joining us.

Rest assured the I Love Typography blog is still here. It now has a new home page and we’ll be posting more articles than ever before. Be sure to check out CEDARS+, our revolutionary new type descriptors system designed to help you find typefaces based on formal qualities like contrast and rhythm, and details like the shapes of the serifs. Read more about it in Nadine’s Introducing CEDARS+.

We have so many more things planned for the blog and the shop, and can’t wait to share them with you. Of course, you’ll be the first to know when they’re live! 

Lots of (type) love,

The ILT team
John, Nadine, & Julia

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