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Sunday Type: tomate type

If you missed the interview with Ludwig Übele, then be sure to check it out. For excerpts of all the interviews on iLT, then simply click right … here. Until I can wrap my work schedule around iLT, then Sunday Type will still be published once weekly, but that could be any day. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I actually posted Sunday Type on a Sunday. Well, that’s quite enough preamble; on with the show.

First up is something new from one of my favourite young designers, Gemma O’Brien:

Gemma O'Brien

Quote of the week

Short explanation: Because wearing no underwear is preferable to wearing it on the outside, over the trousers.

And that in an article on the current state of diacritics in Romanian.

New type, fresh fonts

Lots of new releases this week, but my pick is Tomate, a gorgeously voluptuous brush script from ReType in the Netherlands.

new font:tomate

Designed by Ramiro Espinoza; aimed at packaging. I’d start eating breakfast cereal if it came adorned with Tomate. Also used for today’s masthead, of course.

Web Fonts

Don’t quite understand what’s going on with web fonts and font-face, and wondering what WEFT and EOT is. Then read for and against standardizing font embedding.

via Jon Tan.

Another type in motion video:
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Thanks, Miguel.

2009 is fast approaching (can’t believe it), and the FieldNotes calendars are now in stock. They’re much sought-after, so hurry while stocks last

Fraktur mon Amour

I mentioned the first edition of Fraktur Mon Amour by Judith Schalansky a little while back. Owing to demand, Princeton Architectural Press (a publisher of some mighty fine titles), has produced an expanded second edition. I received mine in the post this morning. I’ve never been a huge fan of Fraktur / Blackletter, but after a few minutes swimming through the delights of this gorgeous book, you might say I’m a new convert.

fraktur mon amour from princeton architectural press

Something that occurred to me while flipping through its pages was the potential for these types to be used in design—not necessarily as text—but as ornamentation, for patterns. So taking the cap R from Manfred Klein’s Ornamental Initials (page 434–5), duplicating and rotating, we can easily create some rather lovely patterns. Mine was assembled in something of a hurry, but I’m sure you get the idea—and see the potential:

Fraktur Mon Amour comes with a CD of 137 fonts. This is definitely my book recommendation of the month.

Some incredible light-type images from Julien Breton. Beautifully controlled:

In addition to work on his web site Kaalam, Julien has a wonderful Flickr set.
Thanks to David Březina for the link.

The my favouroite Letters flickr pool now has more than 200 members, and over one-hundred submissions. Be sure to share your favourite letters. Perhaps there’s a smart coder out there who could turn these submissions into words? This is sitting on my desktop right now:

Designed by Hamish (same guy who created the WordPress typogrify plugin). You can download and use as your desktop wallpaper!

And while on the subject of Jos Buivenga’s Museo, here’s a moving type that makes good use of Museo’s bendy serifs:

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Remember that three weights of Museo are free.

We hear a lot about Penguin book covers, but Faber & Faber has some wonderful covers too:

Check out the Faber Flickr page.

Like this poster from Béla Frank, aka Fabergraph, the minimalist:

Type Republic has launched a gorgeous new web site to compliment their fine types:

And get ready for the titling version of Carmen, Carmen Fiesta—coming soon!

Looking for a fresh new Baskerville? look no further than StormType’s Baskerville 10 Pro:

More posters

There have been some great Obama posters. Here are a couple of my favourites:

and from Jonathan Hoefler:

You can read more on the FontFeed’s Artists for Obama.

Win a book!

FontShop has generously donated not only a copy of Made with FontFont, but a copy of the type book, FontBook.

I’m not one to exaggerate, but you could well think of your life in terms of BFB (Before FontBook) and AFB (After FontBook). Once you get your sticky mitts on a copy, you won’t want to let go. I even have friends, with zero interest in type, who still spend ages leafing through it, the silence punctuated with the likes of “ooh, I like that one!”. I’ll stop rambling now, but you can read my review of Made with FontFont for more on that title.

I will post the competition details in the next post (the links one; explanation below). So, I need creative competition ideas. I was thinking of a poster of some kind (need a theme), that could later be screen-printed. Ideas in the comments below, please.

When I feel that Sunday Type is a little too big to publish as a single article, I’ll be splitting it in two. The Sunday Links part will have its own page. I’ll publish that one tomorrow (it will appear in your feed reader, but not on the home page). Let me know what you think of this idea.

Have a great week (what’s left of it).


  1. Worth the wait!

    I love the Julien Breton piece and the Obama poster. I’ll try to think of a poster idea for the contest, too. I’m wondering why the links post wouldn’t show on the homepage, tho. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post…

    Hooray for first comment!

  2. Able
    Thanks. Perhaps I will post to the font page too. I hope someone comes up with a competition idea / poster design theme before tomorrow’s post. Besides that, the post is ready to publish.

  3. elly

    That Obama poster sort of “animates” itself if you use your mouse to scroll up and down rapidly… wild. Stunning.

  4. I like the idea of splitting Sunday Type into two posts—it’d make it much easier to digest. As for the competition, I’d love it if you chose something poster-related (fun!). I’ll have to think about it more and hopefully submit my idea.

    Also, Shawn Hazen’s Obama poster is really fantastic.

    Thanks for the inspiration, once again, Johno.

  5. elly
    You’re right. I hadn’t noticed that before.

    Thanks. The last creative competition was a huge success—see Frodo Type.

    I think a poster comp’ is a good idea; just need a theme…
    Other (no doubt) better ideas welcomed!

  6. Some very interesting Type links, as usual. If those additional Sunday links don’t show up on the front page, would they still be accessible from the site?

    Contest idea: I really like some posters designed for your Favourite Letters Pool on Flickr, and I think that at least one of them deserves your prize. Plus, announcing a competition might inspire more people to join the pool (it’s on my To do list as well, I do have favourite letters, just not enough time to throw up a poster together).

  7. Hey Johno!

    Lovely stuff today!

    I saw the “Fraktur Mon Amour” book at a friend’s house a while ago and really liked it! Although the pink/black combination gives it a “teen” look. I’m glad to hear they published the second printing. The pattern idea is really cool! I’ll see what I can come up with and will share if worthy.

    I must say the light-type images are AMAZING! They look like CGI, but I’m sure they’re not.

    As for the competition, how about a “Why we love Sunday type” That way, you can print them and sell them, getting some well-deserved “donations”? Or something along those lines?

    See y’all tomorrow!

  8. inspirationbit
    Great idea, I think. And a lot of the designs lend themselves to screen-printing. OK, so a favourite letters ‘poster’ is top of the list. It also means that I don’t receive yet more emails (already struggling to answer all the iLT mail I receive).

  9. Biff

    Looks like I will have to subscribe to ILT after all- if the links don’t appear on the homepage, I won’t be able just to stick to checking manually like I’ve been doing the last five months.

    Thanks for the great web site!

  10. Great! I’ve discovered this blog 3 days ago, and I’m still amazed by the quality of the articles in here!

    The poster that transform from Unity to Change is beautiful. Great control there!

  11. that shawn hazen poster has a nice animation effect when placed on a webpage with scrolling : )

  12. No matter which day sunday type is released, I always love reading them! Keep it up! Splitting the links into a seperate article, only in your feedreader, is a good idea.

  13. hamutal

    green is always a good idea for a poster. hot issue.

  14. Hi Johno,

    I love Shawn Hazen’s ‘united change’ poster. Great find. As for splitting Sunday Type, it would become easier to digest, though either method wouldn’t stop me from reading. Have a great week too.

  15. Dan

    Manfred Klein’s Ornamental Initials are a gem! Thank you. The article on the Romanian diacritic marks was interesting. Just to cast my vote: I missed the Sunday links section in this post.

  16. ryan

    No matter who you are voting for you have to enjoy looking at the Obama posters.

  17. Wow! I love the Museo wallpaper, thanks Hamish! Very good article on EOT Johno, thanks for the link. Keep it up!


  18. I actually got my print of the Hoefler Obama poster in the mail yesterday. #297 of 5000. It. Is. Gorgeous. The paper is heavy and toothy and really shows off the quality of the print – not to mention the crispness in JH’s letters. Money well spent, IMHO.

  19. Johno: what great books in this post! I totally forgot the title of Katy and the Big Snow, but I’ve loved the art in it since I was little. That, and Fraktur is at the top of my wish list.

  20. IG

    If you haven’t settled on a contest idea yet, what about a weird or interesting text message poster.

  21. I love the Tomate font! it looks so fun and tasty!

  22. Johno — I’m a little late getting to this post and thank you so much for Faber Flickr pool. Katy and the Big Snow was my favorite book as a kid. I read it over and over again while growing up near Rochester, NY. We had TONS of snow! — Deb

  23. Love it all! I haven’t seen those Obama posters, thanks for sharing :)

  24. I would almost buy Tomate just for it’s lowercase “g”!

  25. Another great post!
    Good find with the Romanian Diacritics article.

  26. lovely typography - expecially great is poster with two changed words - really impresive.

  27. If you’re interested in creating patterns: I think at least some of the patterns in Fraktur Mon Amour were created with a software program for Mac OS X which I wrote a few years ago, called “Kaleidotype”. It has been published by the same German company that publishes Fraktur Mon Amour. I hope it’s OK to post a link (there you’ll find further links, e.g. to the publisher, whose page is unfortunately in German only):


  28. Martin
    I was thinking about that. Many thanks for the link. Really appreciate it.

  29. adam

    I’m not really impressed with the Hoefler Obama poster. It’s nice, but I find it to plain. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of “artistic” thought in it. I think the phrase is beautiful, but there are a few countries where Obamas story is possible. Canada, Great Briton etc. ? Moreover, it’s still nice, captures a true moment in history and is not being over printed and over done like the Faireys.

  30. I created a poster myself to commemorate the Obama victory. In a culture where Obama designs seem to be a dime a dozen, I hope I can at least be a quarter…


    Inspired by Obama, Gotham, and the letter O.

  31. Hey..Thanks for using my work :)


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