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