FontShop Newsletter: February 15, 2012
In this issue
   
New OurType fonts: Meret, Fresco Arabic
New Flat-it Type Foundry fonts: Diamond Ring, Yummo, Controller
New b+p swiss typefaces font: Suisse BP International
New ITC font: Carter Sans
New Linotype fonts: Shilia, Stempel Elan, Vesta & Big Vesta, Parkinson Electra
New Monotype fonts: Captain Quill, Pericles
 
 
New OurType fonts: Meret, Fresco Arabic
 
Meret
 

Meret

Designed by Nils Thomsen
Published by OurType

 

OurType Meret is a typeface family for newspapers, ideal for typesetting extended texts, from books to dictionaries to magazines. The Thin and Black weights are great for headlines. Meret’s uppercase letters are slightly reduced to accommodate capitals-intensive languages, such as German. Its mild-mannered italics are the perfect foil for the vivid Romans. The many figure sets include an intermediate variant whose height is optimized for newspaper texts. Last year Meret merited an award in ATypI’s Letter.2 type design competition.

 
 
 
Fresco Arabic
   

Renowned Dutch type designer Fred Smeijers and Arab type designer Lara Assouad-Khoury collaborated to create an Arabic companion for Smeijers’ Fresco. Fresco has sturdy, contemporary bookface qualities, and its calligraphic traits embrace the tradition of Dutch Roman faces. The Arabic counterpart had to balance a warm, calligraphic roundness with clean, straight verticals and horizontals and generously open counterforms. This resulted in a hybrid Arabic bookface combining the structure of a Geometric Kufi with the freedom and fluidity of the Maghrebi (western Kufi). Fresco Arabic seamlessly bridges historical calligraphic models and interprets them in a contemporary style.

 
New Flat-it Type Foundry fonts: Diamond Ring, Yummo, Controller
 
Diamond Ring
   

Diamond Ring is an Art Deco typeface inspired by Japanese cosmetics-packaging designs and posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All the diagonals in its glyphs have the same angle, giving the slender letterforms a surprising geometry in four variants Hairline, Regular, Bold, and Open.

 
 
 
Yummo
   

Yummo is a technical-looking, somewhat condensed, spurless sans serif that thrives in just about any kind of display setting. Minimal glyphs give short bursts of text a contemporary flair, while round character shapes shapes and blunt corners give the face a voice that’s friendly, inviting, and, well, yummy.

 
 
 
 

Controller

Designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa
Published by Flat-it Type Foundry

The geometric sans serif Controller comes in five weights and matching obliques, in both regular and extended widths. Its characteristic elements, including geometric shapes softened by rounded corners, are influenced by late-20th-century techno and organic design throughout the West Coast.

 
Controller

 
New b+p font: Suisse BP International
 

Suisse BP International

Designed by Ian Party
Published by b+p swiss typefaces

After Aktiv Grotesk and Fakt, b+p is the latest type foundry to offer a versatile, contemporary neo-grotesque. This design marries the unassuming elegance of Helvetica with subtle character traits reminiscent of its predecessor Akzidenz-Grotesk.

Suisse BP International PDF

 
Suisse

 
New ITC font: Carter Sans
 

Carter Sans

Designed by Matthew Carter, Dan Reynolds
Published by ITC

Carter Sans is the first of Matthew Carter’s designs to bear his name. The confident, strong strokes and wide stance make its sturdiness abundantly evident. Notwithstanding this rugged physicality, Carter Sans has a robustly charming personality.

 
Carter Sans

 
New Linotype fonts: Shilia, Stempel Elan, Vesta & Big Vesta, Parkinson Electra
 

Shilia

Designed by Mamoun Sakkal
Published by Linotype

Mamoun Sakkal’s Shilia set out to synthesize the stroke and flow an Arabic script with the cool comportment of a Swiss sans alphabet. Shilia's eight weights carefully correspond to a selection of weights within the Linotype Univers family.

 
Shilia

 
 
 
 

Stempel Elan

Designed by Frank Grießhammer, Hans Karl Gustav Möhring
Published by Linotype

Hans Möhring worked as a painter and commercial artist in Germany during the first half of the 20th century. A few of his faces have stirred interest in the type world lately, including this quirky monolinear script. Frank Grießhammer’s Stempel Elan is nothing if not authentic.

 
Stempel Elan

 
 
 
 

Vesta & Big Vesta

Designed by Gerard Unger
Published by Linotype

Vesta started as a study derived of the monolinear inscriptional lettering of the Roman Republic, before the introduction of the broad serif, maturing eventually to a more normalized width and contrast. Vesta includes weights drawn and fit separately for both text and display.

 
Vesta & Big Vesta

 
 
 
 

Parkinson Electra

Designed by W. A. Dwiggins, Jim Parkinson
Published by Linotype

Jim Parkinson’s fresh take on Dwiggins’ classic book face keeps all the warmth of its high square shoulders and heavy, unbracketed top serifs along the x-height, while refining the fit and detail of the letterforms.

 
Parkinson Electra

 
New Monotype fonts: Captian Quill, Pericles
 
Captain Quill

Captain Quill

Designed by Jim Ford
Published by Monotype

After losing his right hand to a spirited sea dog, Captain Quill settled down to focus on his first love, nautical treasure cartography. The ease of stroke in this swashy script face confirms what his boyhood calligraphy teacher stressed from the start: It’s all in the elbow.

 
Pericles

Pericles

Designed by Steve Matteson
Published by Monotype

The original Peracles by Robert Foster was released by American Type Founders in 1934 and took on faux Greek and Art Deco qualities. Steve Matteson’s redrawing of the original includes lots of alternates and ligatures and expands the continuum on both sides.

 
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