FontShop Newsletter: November 3, 2011
In this issue
   
Letter.2 award winners: FF Legato, FF Milo, FF Strada & more
Communication Arts award winners: FontBook, FF More, FF Sero, FF Spinoza
New Moretype fonts: Alwyn New Rounded, Mic 32 New Rounded
New URW fonts: Justus, René Menue Symbols
TYPO: TYPO London wrap up & TYPO comes to SF
 
 
Letter.2 award winners: FF Legato, FF Milo, FF Strada & more
Letter.2
 
 

Ten years after bukva:raz!, the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) — the principal global typographic organization that provides a forum for the discussion of the creative and business aspects of type design and use — organized its second typeface design competition. Letter.2 aimed to provide a wide-angled snapshot of the state of typeface design around the globe and to promote typographic excellence and best professional practices. It also intended to raise awareness about the role of typography in encouraging and maintaining cultural diversity.

The jury met in Buenos Aires in October to select 53 entries out of 561 submissions from 294 designers, based on their design excellence. Among the winners were three FontFonts. They are FF Legato, Evert Bloemsma’s investigation into how the characters of the alphabet visually connect and build proper word and line images; FF Milo, the compact workhorse typeface with very short ascenders and descenders; and FF Strada, a humane, readable sans serif influenced by the type design method taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague.

 
 
 
 
 


Letter.2 winners at FontShop:

 
 
 
 

Use promo code LETTER211 at checkout until Nov. 30.

     
Communication Arts award winners: FontBook, FF More, FF Sero, FF Spinoza
 
Communication Arts

Communication Arts recently announced the winners in its typography and interactive categories. We take great pleasure in sharing the news.

FontBook App for iPad

FontShop International’s FontBook App for iPad was marked a winner in the interactive competition. The app presents the contents of its predecessor, a 2½″-thick printed book — better, prettier, and easier. It allows side-by-side comparison and the ability to purchase directly from the device. Browse by designer or foundry to instantly compile anthologies. View by class to find similar types that are just your type. We recommend the app for labor and leisure alike.

FF More, FF Sero, FF Spinoza

And we congratulate the designers who received recognition for their types: Łukasz Dziedzic, Jörg Hemker, and Max Phillips.

 
 
New Moretype fonts: Alwyn New Rounded, Mic 32 New Rounded
Alwyn New Rounded
 

Alwyn New Rounded

Designed by Chris Dickinson
Published by Moretype

 

Moretype’s Chris Dickinson expands two families to include rounded variants, the first of which is Alwyn New Rounded. Alwyn has the classic rectilinear feel of a square tech sans, with open counters, a tall x-height, and curves in unexpected places. The original design lends itself very well to the rounding of its corners. The softening is most apparent in the bolder weights.

 
 
 
Mic 32 New Rounded
 

Mic 32 New Rounded

Designed by Chris Dickinson
Published by Moretype

 

Mic 32 achieves much of the same flavor as Alwyn in a sophisticated spurless sans. The face’s details, like its clipped j descender and open-looped g, distinguish the design. The rounded variant blunts the ends of the strokes in the lighter weights and delivers a more rounded terminal in the heavier. Both Alwyn and Mic 32 come with full sets of small caps.

 
New URW fonts: Justus, René Menue Symbols
 

René Menue Symbols

Designed by René Breil
Published by URW

René Menue Symbols! It slices; it dices; but wait; there’s more! Set a place at the table for this delicious assortment of kitchen-tool and dinnerware glyphs. Assertively prim, diligently functional, and seductively adorable, this set of 101 symbols speaks every language — or helps you create your own.

René Menue Specimen PDF

 
René Menue Symbols
 
 
 
 

Justus

Designed by Volker Schnebel
Published by URW

In Justus, Volker Schnebel builds on and emulsifies the popular Egyptian slab serif style by normalizing its metrics and adding a dash of humanism here and there. Playing up the font’s monolinear quality, Volker subtly updates its look without compromising its antique geometric slab feel. Justus does justice to text sizes in each of its five weights, from thin to bold, each with italics.

Justus Pro Specimen PDF

 
 
TYPO: TYPO London wrap up & TYPO comes to SF
TYPO
 
TYPO
 

TYPO London 2011 “Places” was a smashing success. The inaugural edition of this spectacular new annual design conference brought together the crème de la crème of international design for an inspirational event. The speakers line-up was as impressive as it was eclectic, and the range of topics was accordingly diverse, from portfolio presentations to concept-rich talks.

A few topics kept bubbling up: the importance of the narrative in design and beyond; the distinction between data and information; how advancements in user experience and interface shape our relationship with technology; and how the next generations of designers and users will deal with these concepts. Creative Review wrote, “It’s the organizers who should be happy after seemingly pulling off the immensely difficult task of staging a major design conference in London. ... Congratulations to all involved and let’s hope the event becomes a regular fixture.”

 
 
 
 
TYPO
 

Ready to try TYPO with a North American twist? During the closing speeches in London, TYPO announced plans to come to San Francisco in 2012. As we confirm details, you’ll be the first to know.

 
 
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