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Wednesday,
March 26, 2014

11:55 AM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 03.26.2014

New Font Release - 03.26.2014

Extreme Sans by Alex Kaczun for Umbrella Type

The inspiration for Extreme Sans came from the rounded alpha numerics which appear on license plates. Alex always hated the mono-width proportions and tabular look of these letters, but he liked the overall compact letter form and rounded edges. This enormous family of fonts can solve any typographic need and the best part is, it's easy on the eyes.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Extreme-Sans-Family-UMT9002729

Friday,
March 21, 2014

9:24 AM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
Font Feature - Glenlake

Font Feature - Glenlake

Filmotype Glenlake by Mark Simonson for Umbrella Type

Having disappeared from graphic design history, Filmotype Glenlake reappeared in 1994's "Ed Wood" with a starring role in the opening credits. The font however was initially named after a lake north of Chicago near the home of Filmotype's founders Al and Bea Friedman. Initially designed and released in 1955, this gothic sans-serif was re-mastered and expanded with exacting precision and includes a full international character compliment, automatic fractions, ordinals, an all-caps setting, and a suite of alternates in dynamic OpenType format.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Filmotype-Glenlake-FMT0000006

Wednesday,
March 19, 2014

4:58 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
Font Feature - Leftovers

Font Feature - Leftovers

Leftovers  By Stuart Sandler, Brian J. Bonislawsky for Font Diner Type

The only thing that hangs around longer than the holidays now can linger on your computer throughout the year! This retro display font is as playful as they come.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Leftovers-FDT0000040

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.  

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