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Wednesday,
February 12, 2014

1:08 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release 02.17.2014

New Font Release 02.17.2014

Angel Script by Neil Summerour for Positype

A light, contemporary monoline script.  There's approximately 695 individual glyphs complete with Stylistic and Contextual Alternates, Titling Alternates, Swashes and even Old Style Numerals. Needless to say, there's a lot 'under the hood', and the typographic flexibility Neil wanted with earlier concepts shows in grand style with this release. The single weight font includes a complete Central European and Western diacritic set as well.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Angel-Script-PST0000173

Wednesday,
February 12, 2014

12:00 AM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.12.2014

New Font Release - 02.12.2014

Baghadeer by Stephen Rapp for Cabinet Type

Baghadeer, from the hand of Stephen Rapp, is an upright connecting script brimming with personality. With its exuberant capitals, dashing crossover strokes, and rhythmic pulse; it retains the active spirit most associated with slanted scripts, but with the grounded presence of an upright.

Baghadeer contains 780 glyphs featuring a plethora of swashes, ligatures, and alternate letters to individualize the look of your project. There is also a set of small caps and ornamental flourishes to add some finishing touches. It contains feature programming to make typesetting seamless and has all the language coverage you'd expect in a pro font.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Baghadeer-Family-CTT0000655

Monday,
February 10, 2014

11:46 AM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.14.2014

New Font Release - 02.14.2014

Contax by Alex Kaczun for Umbrella Type

When Alex worked in advertising, he was often asked to supply the art directors with ideas for a san serif type design that was not the standard Helvetica or Univers. They wanted a fresh new approach, something with generous proportion, like Avant Garde perhaps, but not as uniform in proportions -  a font that would lend itself well to wide and long columns of text with lots of leading. So, he rolled up his sleeves and designed a font that met all their criteria. Contax is the new 'Univers' for the 21st century.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Contax-UMT9002677

Monday,
February 10, 2014

11:44 AM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
New Font Release - 02.13.2014

New Font Release - 02.13.2014

My Darling by Alex Kaczun for Umbrella Type

Inspired by the Didone shapes, My Darling incorporates some Didot, a little Caslon, a splash of Scotch and a pinch of old Times. This unique display, with its high-contrast strokes is playful, formal and just a bit sexy. The swash capital terminals and lively curves, give this design a unique and distinctive look. It works well as a headline font, and because it was designed with generous counters, proportions and spacing-works equally well over a large range of text point sizes. My Darlings' character set supports most Central European and many Eastern European languages.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/My-Darling-UMT9002774

Monday,
February 10, 2014

9:30 AM

Mike Spear
  • Mike Spear
Contributor Profile February 2014

Contributor Profile February 2014

Neil Summerour is a veteran designer who has published over 60 typeface families. He established the foundry Positype in 2000 once he realized his addiction to fonts kept him burning the midnight oil. If you've scanned the letterform landscape there's a good chance you've seen his work-which can be found everywhere from Victoria Secret to MTV.

What trends in typography do you wish would disappear and never come back?

Grunge and deconstructivist type-it's like looking at a ran over puppy on the side of the road-altogether sad, uncomfortable, and pitiful. It hurts my eyes.

Do you have a favorite, guilty-pleasure, go-to font you always find yourself wanting to use?

Too many fonts to pick from, I try to not have a favorite font. Each job/project/use is unique and so should the decision of a typeface(s). When I type long passages I do tend to fall back on my Akagi Pro typeface. I designed the versatility I wanted into it, so it's like a comfortable pair of socks for me.

How do you recognize the next trend in type design?

I try desperately to remain disconnected from trendy, overly-blogged, type fads. I'd rather appreciate beautiful type in the context it was designed and being used. A 50-yr old typeface can have the same zest, uniqueness, and freshness of something released (cough, copied) last week.

If the current you had to critique the novice you on the first font you ever designed, how would that go?

It would end in tears and a nice bottle of Scotch.

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