Irish type designer Paulo Goode released Rhetoric, a friendly and energetic typeface of which the lowercase essentially consists of an upright italic. Its uppercase, however, received a different treatment and was plumped up to enhance the font’s quirky nature. As a display face, Rhetoric works best for branding, titling, headlines and even short texts. It comes in nine weights, with their italics, and a set of alternates and ligatures.
After releasing the beautiful Aeonik in collaboration with Joe Leadbeater at the beginning of the year, Mark Bloom (also known as Mash Creative) just launched his own foundry, called CoType. Out of his fresh releases, we’re particularly found of Ambit and RM Neue. Also, Mark designed the really sweet branding of his foundry himself, as well as gorgeous type specimens.
Published through his independent foundry, Base is Harrison Marshall’s modern take on the grotesque genre. The family is made up of six weights, from Thin to Bold, with italics and multiple stylistic alternates. Also, make sure to keep an eye on Made, the foundry’s editorial serif, which is currently available in one style but will soon be extended into a complete family.
The latest addition to Parachute’s library is a very elegant superfamily comprising a Text version, a Display version, a more condensed Titling version, an extravagant Swash version and a high-contrast Finesse version. It also comes with a set of patterns allowing you to embellish your typographic designs. Each subfamily is available in various weights with support for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
Tightype is the foundry behind this new high-contrast sans serif. Taking its inspiration from the grotesques of the 19th century, Principal combines a rigid structure with other design features such as slightly disproportionate terminals (most visible in the ‘a’). Also, the use of long ascenders and short descenders gives this typeface a strong sense of gravity. Principal is available in seven weights, ranging from Thin to Black, with corresponding Italics.
It’s hard to believe that Simula was drawn by someone with no training in type design, given its quality. Released by Sharp Type, Simula is the debut typeface of Justin Sloane, and the result of four years of work. Named after an obsolete programming language, the typeface is currently available in a single weight (Book) but it seems that a display version is in the making.
Published by Pangram Pangram, Gatwick is the first retail release of Valerio Monopoli, who does type work at Extra! design studio here in Barcelona. I would buy this font for its description alone: “Vaguely vintage and fiercely syncopated, it is the perfect choice when it comes to displaying names of kung fu movie stars, pretentious yatchs and sci-fi convention speakers.”
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