Watching the Italy v Paraguay game, I was frequently distracted by the nice type on their shirts. Twitter revealed the answer:
@ilovetypography Italy’s shirts use a custom typeface called Crepello, designed by our very own Paul Barnes for Puma. #worldcup
“at last a typeface for sports designed by a proper designer.” — @espiekermann
The impetus for Founders Grotesk originally came from Duncan Forbes of The International Office. We had often discussed the nature and usefulness of the classic grotesks, and the possibility of creating a new one. After trawling through my 1912 Miller & Richard specimen, he became enamoured with their series of Grotesques, particularly the No.7 all-caps showing.
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.