FontShop Newsletter: May 18, 2011
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New FontShop AG Font: Azuro
New exljbris font: Museo Sans Rounded
More new fonts: Dharma, Design System, Zamenhof, Almaq, Giant/Escort
FontFont’s Free Font Contest: Winner Announced
 
 
New FontShop AG Font: Azuro
Azuro
Azuro
   

FontShop has always been concerned about all aspects of legibility, especially in new media. Two years ago FontShop AG (FontShop Germany) released a brand new typeface by Erik Spiekermann: Axel, an economical, highly legible font family optimized for on-screen use in office apps such as Microsoft Excel. Last year FSI FontShop International was the first foundry to offer a type collection specifically aimed at web designers: Web FontFonts, available in .eot and .woff font formats, and optimized to achieve the best possible legibility on screen.

And now FontShop AG has published its second font product, Azuro, a new four-weight font family developed by Georg Seifert and mastered by Jens Kutilek. Azuro is probably the first type family whose appearance on screen was extensively tested on MS Windows, Mac OS and Apple iOS during the earliest stages of the design process, and whose design was informed by the results of this continuous testing. The TrueType-flavored OpenType family comes in the four basic styles — Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic — with 589 glyphs per font, including the Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. The typeface is available as Azuro Office, for use on desktop computers, and as Azuro Web in .eot and .woff formats.

Azuro
 
   

Read more about how Azuro was developed on The FontFeed. To celebrate its release FontShop is offering both versions at a 90% discount until May 31, 2011.

New exjlbris Font: Museo Sans Rounded
Museo Sans Rounded
   

The popular exljbris family Museo is becoming a powerhouse super family. And they say it all started with Jos Buivenga’s love for a single glyph he envisioned in a daydream, a letter “U” with the stroke endings bent outward. That expressive “U” was the starting point for a striking semi-serif display face. Although Museo originally was intended to be an all-caps design, popular demand on Jos’s blog convinced him to add a lowercase to the five weights, plus italics. Then came Museo Sans, a simplified sans serif version, followed by Museo Slab, a robust slab serif with all of Museo’s friendliness.

Museo Rounded is the latest addition to this expanding system of coordinated type families. Jos based it on Museo Sans and “unsharpened” the characters by rounding the corners of the finials. This act of fine-tuning finesse makes the font’s generous character shapes even friendlier, and produces what may be the best version of Museo so far. The ascenders, exactly as high as the capitals and the overall text image, make Museo Rounded ideal for display use. And, just like its siblings, the versatile typeface looks right at home in text settings too.

Download Museo Sans Rounded PDF
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Dharma Gothic and Dharma Slab

By Flat-it Type Foundry

Dharma Gothic and Dharma Slab are vintage-looking condensed display faces inspired by 1800s-style wood type. These nostalgic designs are ideally suited for posters, headlines, and any situation where you need impact. Both versions come in seven weights in three widths each, all with matching italics. Alternative glyphs for the g, r and y can be accessed with OpenType features.

 

Dharma

 
 
 

Design System

By Flat-it Type Foundry

Just as its name implies, Design System is an extensive type system consisting of 5x7x2=70 styles: five weights in seven widths each, all with matching italics. From the semi-condensed A to the incredibly wide G, all the widths in this versatile, 70s-style, simple square sans combine harmoniously, allowing for surprising and striking typographic compositions.

 

Design System

 
 
 

Zamenhof

By CastleType

Inspired by Russian hand-lettering that appears to have been based on Jakob Erbar’s Phosphor, Zamenhof is a family of five fonts that can be used independently or in combination to create a variety of bold yet elegant display styles. The Plain and Outline fonts were created to be combined with Inline and Inverse, as underlay and overlay layers, respectively.

 

Zamenhof

 
 
 

Almaq

By Dalton Maag

Would you like your display type a little more humanistic than DIN, and a little stricter than Frutiger Condensed? Almaq, the newest addition to the Dalton Maag font library, is a slightly squarish humanist sans in a heavy weight just right for headlines and titles. It comes in two styles, the “regular” Refined version and the grungy Rough variant.

 

Almaq

 
 
 

Giant and Escort

By Filmotype

Initially designed in the early-to-mid 1950s with versatility, legibility, and a timeless aesthetic in mind, Filmotype Giant was part of a larger group of condensed sans serifs offered by Filmotype. Nearly 15 years later Filmotype Escort was released at the request of customers unable to oblique Filmotype Giant on their Filmotype machines.

 

Giant/Escort

FontFont’s Free Font Contest: Winner Announced
We Have A Winner
 
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts design contest! Congratulations goes to Mladen Balog, whose reworking of Depeche Mode’s Violator album using FF Yokkmokk captured the voting public’s hearts.

Mladen talks about his design process on the blog.

If you feel the need for a creative kick, check out the list of fonts that inspired the competition.

 
 
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