Learn the traditional Argentinian art of Fileteado Porteño at Better Letters’ forthcoming workshops in London, Berlin and Warsaw. Under the expert tuition of Buenos Aires fileteadore Gustavo Ferrari, all participants will practice drawing and painting the traditional decorative features of Filete before creating a single-letter panel to take away. Learn more about the history of the art in Gustavo’s piece for Eye Magazine.
Manchester-based designer Jack Kimberley launched his own foundry, and along with it, his very first retail release. Seaton is a high contrast display serif that marries contemporary details with forms that draw inspiration from Caslon’s legacy. The typeface is available in only one style (Regular) but with potential for use in a wide range of contexts.
Typotheque’s Ping is a massive, multiscript family that aspires to cover as many languages as possible. In addition to Latin, it currently comes with support for Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew. Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari, Japanese and Korean will also be available later this year.
While it consists of a geometric sans, Ping does reflect the influence of the human hand: its letterforms were designed with the least number of pen strokes, some of them without lifting the pen at all (a, d, p, b, and g). Ping works well for both text and display, and comes in nine weights, with six ampersands to choose from.
The latest release of The Designers Foundry is a modern interpretation of old style types, drawing inspiration from the lettering work of Herb Lubalin, among others. I love the sharp, high contrast of this display face, and the feature of ball terminals. Wulkan Display is available in six weights, from Light to Black, with three alternate stylistic sets, plus lining and oldstyle figures.
You might already be familiar with the work of Ellmer Stefan, who released a new, free display face every Monday of the year in 2016. After a break, his foundry is back with a new business model, a revamped website and a first retail release. Triptych is a serif family consisting of three distinct styles: a Roman, an “Italick” and their accompanying Bold weight, which is a Grotesque. While this sounds like a strange combination at first, I find all three fonts to work well together.
In case you haven’t downloaded it yet, we just released a typeface that is free to use exclusively for our newsletter subscribers. Designed by Adrien Midzic, Gangster Grotesk combines a sharp contrast with some quirky notes. Perfect for both text and display, it is available in three weights (Light, Regular and Bold) with ligatures, regular and tabular figures, arrows and symbols. Free for personal and commercial use for Fresh Fonts subscribers.
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The latest release of Etcerera Type Company is a massive family of 45 styles, spanning 9 weights and 5 widths, and is also available as a variable font. Trispace is a “more proportional” version of League Mono, yet retaining the feel of a monospace font, as most of its glyphs share the same width. Trispace comes with several alternates, and you can already see it in use on the foundry’s website. Free for personal and commercial use.
Luciole (French for firefly) is a new typeface that aims to provide the best reading experience for the visually impaired. The result of a collaboration between French foundry typographies.fr and the Regional Technical Center for Visual Impairment, Luciole’s letterforms and spacing were carefully crafted for optimal readability, making it a powerful editorial tool. It is available in two weights (Regular and Bold) with their italics. Free for personal and commercial use, given that attribution is provided.