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#47 — Words to Live By

Recently, through Robin Rendle's fantastic newsletter, I discovered a fantastic e-book titled "London
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#47 — Words to Live By
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Recently, through Robin Rendle’s fantastic newsletter, I discovered a fantastic e-book titled “London Kerning”, with an appetising subtitle of Typographic Perambulations around a City That Remembers — it’s filled with beautiful imagery and details about what makes the city of London so typographically inspiring. As an ex-Londoner, I bought this in a heartbeat.
The most exciting news recently however, is that FutureFonts finally went live! We’ve previously talked about the promising model they announced, and it’s wonderful to see they’re already off to a great start. In a nutshell: get access to typography work that’s still a work in progress, which helps both font users and font designers fuelling each other in the early stages. Have a look around their gallery.
Another shoutout to David Jonathan Ross’s ongoing relentless work with the Font of The Month Club: March’s font is a beautiful Hairline version of Output Sans, one of my favourite pieces of work from David.
I’ve also come across Fontanello, a very interesting browser extension that allows you the display the typographical styles of any web paragraph via the context-menu—neat!
Until next time, word lovers. 🤞
—Ricardo

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David Attenborough Gets A Typeface
Here’s a shortie, but a goodie: David Attenborough gets a typeface! TypeNetwork brings us a short review about Miles Newlyn’s newest typefaces, New Atten, detailing how it came about having two forms: Regular and Round, in order to match a warmer personality when needed. On typographical tone and voice:
Typographic “voice” alludes to a typeface’s personality and the ways in which we experience a text. The shapes of letters can influence how a reader perceives them and, by extension, the text they are part of. By convention, straight lines and tense curves have come to speak to us in a formal, sometimes technical manner; humanist shapes commonly seem warm and approachable.
New Atten was heavily inspired in the voice tones of David Attenborough himself, which of itself is quite an ambitious task.
While enjoying a documentary one day, Newlyn realized that Attenborough’s delivery and timbre had the precise qualities he wanted to instill in a typeface. He started with classical proportions, similar to the engraved capitals at the base of Rome’s Trajan Column. These inscriptions also served as the inspiration for Gill Sans, the typeface used in the BBC’s iconic visual identity, so turning to them again seemed a logical choice given Attenborough’s long career at the company. But Newlyn decided to jettison the serifs and the round stroke endings to make his design more approachable.
I guarantee you that after reading it, you’ll be unable to read any of the sample texts without imagining Attenborough’s voice in your head. Seriously, try it.
Typeface Du Jour ✍️
Le François is a beautifully designed decorative typeface by the French foundry 205TF. It screams uniqueness; just look at the beautiful V/Y and the ampersand working their charm there. Of course, it’s mostly designed for headings and not body copy, but it’s a sure way to add plenty of charisma to a design. 
It only contains capital letters, in three distinct series: uppercase, “high” and “low” small caps. However, the capitals are in strong contrast to ancient historical engravings. With its geometrical form, Le François echoes French characters such as Peignot, and its contrast between thick and thin strokes evokes the elegance of letterings such as Yves Saint-Laurent, also created by Cassandre.
I love how there’s a New York Times Review-esque feeling to this, which is just asking to be played with.
On the Coffee Scene ☕️
The Coffee Sensorium: A Revolution Of Flavour Perception
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Coffee Table Typography

A love for words, letters, language—and coffee.
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