This is just lovely. Everything that is good about the Grotesques is to be found in Kris Sowersby’s newly released Founders Grotesk.
Be sure to take a look at the PDF specimen too.
Why would anyone in his or her right mind start a type foundry now? Well, to begin with, it’s often said that it’s a good idea to start a business in a recession. However, the type marketplace has gotten very crowded—there are more foundries and distributors of type in all sizes right now than at any previous time. Even the pre-machine setting peak of typefounding in the 19th century had a smaller number of foundries by many orders of magnitude. Notwithstanding all of the small foundries, a handful of large distributors dominate the general market, leaving the rest of us scrambling to find ever-shrinking niches. Why not just climb onboard with one of the big players and leave the business side to people who know what they’re doing? Would that be too easy?
Lots of new type-related goodies from House Industries. I want this ampersand pillow:
Another new web fonts service from fonts.com (Monotype Imaging):
You’ll need to request a beta invite. I haven’t had the opportunity to test it yet. Let me know if you do.
Wish I could make this. A lettering-themed walking tour of Midtown East of Fifth Avenue with Paul Shaw.
A great new podcast from 5by5. Dan Benjamin & Jeffrey Zeldman talk to Ethan Dunham & Jeffrey Veen about web fonts.