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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.

See Positype on Veer

 

Thursday,
February 6, 2014

12:45 PM

Paul Friesen
  • Paul Friesen
Veer Fonts: Best Sellers 02.06.2014

Veer Fonts: Best Sellers 02.06.2014

Gibson by Patrick Griffin, Kevin King and Rod McDonald for Canada Type

The Gibson font family hits the right spot for many people and on many levels. It is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by eminent Canadian type designer Rod McDonald, and produced by Patrick Griffin and Kevin King of Canada Type, to honour John Gibson FGDC, Rod's long-time friend and one of the original founders of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

The 8-font family is available at token pricing to make it especially affordable for design students. For less than the price of a design textbook, a student can now have a sturdy and contemporary humanist sans serif family that fits pretty much any design application, and will remain useful long after academic studies and well into a professional career in design.

Download today: http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Gibson-CDT0000576

 

     

Wednesday,
January 29, 2014

12:27 PM

Mike Spear
  • Mike Spear
Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Romance Illustrated

Nothing says "I Love You" like a card you make yourself.

These fun illustrations, coupled with your uniqure turn of phrase, will win any heart.

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