Based in Hamburg, Germany, Character Type is the new foundry of type and communication designer Henning Skibbe. Many of his retail typefaces are already available, including the award-winning Haptic Sans and its Script counterpart. His latest release, NewsSans, is the most extensive and versatile of the catalogue, with 90 styles spanning over nine weights and five widths. To introduce the superfamily, the foundry also created a magazine and type specimen in one (pictured above) which is available from Slanted.
Letters from Sweden released Gothia Sans and Gothia Serif, a duo of typefaces originally designed for the Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten. Intended for editorial use, both families adapt well to complex design systems (as you can see on the website of the newspaper). And while Gothia Sans works in both text and display settings, Gothia Serif is designed primarily for display use, but a text version will complete the family soon.
What should I pair it with? Because Gothia Sans was given a smoother appearance than its serif counterpart, the resulting contrast makes the two typefaces ideal to pair together.
Earlier last month, Letters from Sweden gifted us with another release, this time inspired by the work of German designer Otl Aicher. Yet, the typeface harmoniously blends influences from other iconic European and American type designs. The resulting sans serif, called Swedish Gothic, comes in seven weights with their italics, and different stylistic sets.
What should I pair it with? Personally, I would love to see Swedish Gothic paired with a sans serif like Univers, or with a serif like Tiempos.
Our friend Adrien Midzic just published Wasa, a sans serif with crispy details and a very notable capital ‘Q’. Wasa is available in seven weights, with their italics, and comes with stylistic sets that let you choose between rounded or squared punctuation and diacritics. Fun fact, the typeface is named after Wasa, a Swedish brand of flatbread, for no other reason than because Adrien likes their crackers 😁
What should I pair it with? Wasa is available as a variable font, making it particularly helpful when it comes to pairings, as you can pick the interval on its weight axis that best matches the typeface you’d like to pair it with. We recommend pairing Wasa with Cooper BT, ITC Clearface or GT Super.
Launched earlier this year, Commercial Classics is the new sister foundry of Commercial Type, focusing on the revival of historical typefaces. Their latest release, Caslon Ionic, is based off the design of the text version of Caslon’s Ionic No. 2, introduced in the 1860s. From this source, designers Paul Barnes and Greg Gazdowicz created a family in four weights, with matching italics. In addition, the designers resized Antique No. 6 to work as an alternative Bold weight for the typeface (pictured above).
What should I pair it with? Caslon Ionic was designed for text, and used as such, it is a perfect companion to Caslon Doric and its many display styles.
Inspired by the markings on Swiss watch dials, Decimal is the impressive new release of Hoefler & Co. The family comes in ten weights, from Thin to Ultra, each provided in roman and italic, with both roman and italic small caps. Decimal also includes a set of 111 symbols in each of its ten weights. And because it takes its cues from wristwatch lettering, the typeface remains legible at even the smallest sizes.
What should I pair it with? Pair any style of Decimal with its style that’s three steps heavier to provide sufficient visual contrast. Alternatively, you could pair Decimal with something blocky like Isotope or Conductor.