Sunday Type: circumflex type

Get Fit With Fonts

Welcome to another Sunday Type. Thanks to everyone who has mailed me links. To those who have mailed me questions, please be patient. I have at least 200 unanswered iLT mails, and I’m working through them in my spare time (and there’s not much of that).

Food, good food, is always a good place to start:

To learn more about this tart and its script, see the brilliant TypeFoundry (photo, copyright TypeFoundry).

This week will see the release of Alejandro Paul’s latest typeface, Compendium. Keep your eyes peeled for this one. The small images below don’t really do it justice, so be sure to take a look at the Compendium PDF specimen. Not sure which day it will be released, but should be this week some time Compendium now available from Veer:

The beautiful photography in the PDF is by Gonzalo Aguilar.

Rest your type-weary head on this lovely cushion from Andréa Branco:

And more typographic ‘pillowry’ from Emma Smart:

Typographic humour, in get fit with fonts:

Well, it made me laugh. Thanks to Jack at Horrorwood.

Some nice new work from Toko:

toko

Via.

Jost Hochuliʼs wonderful guide to micro-typography, Detail in Typography:

Published by none other than Hyphen Press.

Love this from Gemma O’Brien of For the Love of Type:

Morse Code plus type by Sean Johnson:

Some great work from Romanian-born artist Cornelia Petruta Badelita. The images comprise words and short sentences printed with rubber stamps. I love them:

Most recent exhibition was at the Cristiani gallery in Turin. Thanks to Yuki for the link and photos.

Some more great work from Marian Bantjes. The first for Zeit Leben magazine, a supplement of German newspaper Zeit:

This second piece commissioned by Vibe:

Saul Bass on titles:
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Via.

Free Fonts

Divad from David Carvalho comes in two flavours (round and square), and both are free to download.

Divad was created using FontShop’s Fontstruct, and has its own development page.

A very interesting tool, and an alternative to beziers. Spiro by Raph Levien is in Beta, but it certainly looks promising, especially for the development of script faces. See it in action here:
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and read all about it on Typophile.

Thanks to David John Earls and Yves Peters of typographer.org

Great Type Design at Reading Flickr set. As soon as the Reading students have completed, I hope to publish an article on the course. Here’s Mina by Reading student Yvonne Schuettler. I like it:

You can read more about Mina here.

Sunday Links

sIFR for WordPress—via ThemeShaper
How To Implement sIFR3 Into Your Website
How To Use Any Font You Wish With FLIR
TypeBrewer: typography for cartography—via.
Character set terms defined
Legible in Poland
Typography posters
Justwatchthesky.com—thanks Ali, et al.
Credits for Arial—via Daring Fireball
Summer of design books
Back to the fonts of the future
Faber Finds generative book covers—thanks Peter van Impelen
Alphabet Trucks—swiss miss

2100 Victorian Monograms. Now who’s going to ‘vectorize’ them?

Thanks inspirationbit.

Desktop wallpaper

A new desktop wallpaper (1920 × 1200) with my all-time favourite poem. The poem is reproduced at the top in Zapfino (with insanely negative leading):

Don’t forget Veer for some other very good type-related desktop wallpapers.

Some more good work from Chris Bolton:

Sunday’s type

FF Cube, the geometric sans serif from Jan Maack:

Today’s header is also set in FF Cube.

Type challenge

Name the typeface used in this sign:

Photo credit.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Sunday Type. Have a stupendously magnificent week.


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  1. Wow - really love second two - those images resembles of my school lessons about typography :) Pretty cool :)

  2. Perfect roundup for September. Thanks so much.

  3. Pio

    I think I just fell in love with the Mina typeface. Definately worth checking out the Flickr set!!

  4. The typeface at the bottom is WDC 2 by Piero De Macchi.

  5. I love the Mina typeface! Can it be downloaded somewhere, free or otherwise??

  6. nutsmuggler
    I don’t think Mina has been released yet. However, I’ll check for you.

    Antonio
    You’re absolutely right. WDC 2 it is. And it was, of course, commissioned by the Badriotto Palladino agency and is used for World Design Capital, Torino 2008 identity.

  7. jpk

    It’s Toko, not Toku.

  8. Bob Marchman

    I’m in love with that fleuron in the title. Wow. I wish all geometric sans came with ornaments. Then again, I’m a sucker for ornaments. Great article, as always!

  9. jpk
    Well spotted. Fixed.

    Bob
    I’m a sucker for ornaments too. I should draw up a list of sans serifs with good ornaments.

  10. Wow — thanks for the info about Spiro. It looks like it could be an amazing technology. Now, will I be able to get over my godawful laziness and compile it?…

  11. Julia

    i love this blog!

  12. J
    Thanks to post about Compendium. Just to let everybody knows that its released and online now :))
    http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000365

  13. Ale
    Thanks. great news. I’ll update the post too. Good luck with it.
    Get Compendium here.

  14. I’d like to devour absolutely everything about that “Citron” picture.
    Seriously.

  15. Lovely Post Johno. I really love the “Detail in Typography” book. I read, it was first published in German (1980). I wonder how rare of a circulation it has over there? I’ll have to keep a lookout for it while I rummage through some old book stores in Germany in a few weeks.

    -MP

  16. Dan m

    Love the Divad font! Tokos work is fantastic. Also just worked out the Morse Code plus type, beautifully simple idea, anyone know if it is downloadable as a font anywhere?
    DM

  17. Good stuff this week. Toko really has some amazing work. John not sure if you know but house industries just released a new “?” tee :]

  18. more spiro + inkscape here:

    www. disenolibre.org

    saludos!

  19. Robert
    Yes, saw that. Will mention it next week.

    minombresbond
    Thanks for the additional link.

  20. Great post, Johno, and I love the masthead!

  21. Simon

    Dan m, I’m with you on the Morse Code, something a bit different, must make learning it easier? not that you’d need to anymore! lovely concept all the same. (absolutely love Cornelia Petruta Badelita’s stuff)
    Johno great selection, great blog!
    thank you.

  22. Jac

    yummy yummy Citron

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