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Wednesday,
March 19, 2014

4:43 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
Font Feature - Bookeyed

Font Feature - Bookeyed

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

Tuesday,
March 18, 2014

10:06 AM

Mike Spear
  • Mike Spear
Contributor Profile March 2014

Contributor Profile March 2014

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 design?

 

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 Capener's Scrabble Typography Edition complete with 15 new fonts, the 2nd edition is a typography nut's dream. Love it!

 

See Alex's work on Veer.  

Wednesday,
February 12, 2014

1:11 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.16.2014

New Font Release - 02.16.2014

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

Wednesday,
February 12, 2014

1:11 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.15.2014

New Font Release - 02.15.2014

Friendly by Neil Summerour for Positype

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 this typeface.

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

Wednesday,
February 12, 2014

1:10 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.20.2014

New Font Release - 02.20.2014

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

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