Bookeyed by Crystal Kluge for Font Diner Type
Meet Bookeyed Jack and Suzanne! Bookeyed Jack is strong enough
to command the page, yet he doesn't complain when others get more
attention. His handsome good looks were hand drawn with pointed pen
in walnut ink. He adores books & music, posters &
stationery and spending time with his stylish cousin Suzannne. Our
darling Suzanne, she's personable and flexible with a large number
of alternative glyphs & ligatures to customize her appearance.
A modern girl with vintage charms, she's equally comfortable placed
as center of attention or in a supporting role. Her stylish serifs
were created with antique French nibs dipped in walnut ink. Suzanne
(like her cousin Jack) loves books for adults & children,
posters, stationery, weddings, gifts and sugary sour candy.
Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Bookeyed-FDT0000088
Expert type designer Alex Kaczun has over two decades of heavy
hitting typography know-how etched into his belt. He logged
in a substantial amount of time at the premier foundry
Linotype-Hell, where he was tasked with modernizing the Linotype
Library as well as managing the development of the Adobe
Post-Script Font Library. More recently he's designed
hundreds of book jacket layouts and designs and has established his
own foundry, Type Innovations. We caught up with Alex and put
him in the typographic hot seat:
- What trends in typography do you wish would disappear
and never come back?
I like the look of distressed type. However, some of the awful
grunge typography of the late 1990s was grossly overused and
hopefully will never make a come back again. I feel experimentation
is a good thing-but, typography without proper spacing will destroy
legibility. The aim of good typography should always be getting the
message across to the reader.
- Do you have a favorite, guilty-pleasure, go-to font you
always find yourself wanting to use?
All typography is interesting and has its applications and
functionality. In particular, I have an affinity for clean, crisp,
san-serif fonts. I feel they will never go out of style. My
favorite go-to typeface family is Frutiger. It's a classic and
always will be.
- How do you recognize the next trend in type
People are always looking for new approaches and creative ways
in making fonts. I really like and think that fonts composed of
several overlapping design elements, or style variants, offer an
interesting direction. There are some very good examples of this
coming from Daniel Hernández and Paula Nazal Selaive at Latinotype.
I'm currently working on a typeface series with similar added
"components"-integrating different elements to create alternate
styles and variants. Stay tuned.
- If the current you had to critique the novice you on
the first font you ever designed, how would that go?
The first font I designed was crafted technically very well, but
it lacked charm and charisma. I think that it's important to design
your new typeface with its own unique personality. It's okay to
draw inspiration from existing fonts but bring something of your
own to them and to the overall design process.
- One random tid-bit about yourself only your mom or best
friend would know:
I'm an avid collector of type memorabilia and obsessed with
anything typographic. I just bought the 2nd release of Andrew
Scrabble Typography Edition complete with 15 new
fonts, the 2nd edition is a typography nut's dream. Love it!
See Alex's work on
Fugu by Neil Summerour for Positype
After his success with the rough script forms of Baka Expert,
Neil Summerour shied away from handwritten scripts. Some years
later Neil was drawn to some Sumi-brush doodles he had done around
the time of Bakas release, initially intended as a sibling to Baka.
As soon as brush hit paper Fugu took on a life of its own.
Fugu is far more expressive, smooth and rough, tasty but sticky.
This dichotomy demanded a new name. Fugu is the Japanese name for
Blowfish or Pufferfish, a delicacy, which if prepared improperly
can be toxic and even deadly. The fonts rough and smooth texture
suggests Fugu is oddly delicate while rough and functional.
Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Fugu-PST0000366
Friendly by Neil Summerour for
Friendly is an homage to Morris Fuller Benton's adorable
Announcement typeface. It is not a strict interpretation, digital
revival or reverent reproduction of the original letterforms… but
we would be remiss to not acknowledge the letterforms that inspired
Infused with stylistic alternates, swashes, titling, many many
contextual alternates, 9 stylistic sets and 2 stylistic sets with
wordmarks, the typeface surely lives up to its name. Loops, swashes
and typographic indulgences abound.
Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Friendly-PST0000826
Baka Expert by Neil Summerour for Positype
The latest iteration of Baka is Baka Expert. As Neil admits,
he's very critical of his work and he could still see things - e.g.
modulations of strokes, angle of the nib, ink swell, & so on -
that he wanted to change, refine and reorder with the first
versions. He wanted to take this handwriting font and turn it into
a robust typeface. Upgrades include adding back in more of his
initial flourish concepts, attained tighter, consistent control of
the modulation, optimized points, added titling options and an
expanded character language set. Baka Expert is an entirely new
re-envisioning of an old friend, and we're sure you'll agree.
Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Baka-Expert-PST0000779