FontShop Newsletter: October 31, 2012
In this issue
New foundry: Hamilton Wood Type
New exclusive Fontsmith font: FS Me
New exclusive Alias fonts: Asperity/Asphalt/Aspic, Caustic
New Latinotype font: Romeo Essential
New Canada Type font: Grippo
6 Common Typographic Errors: Make Your Blood Curdle
Pinterest: 5 “Scary” Typefaces
Nightmare Before Christmas: Festive Fonts for the Holidays
New foundry: Hamilton Wood Type
Hamilton Wood Type


Hamilton Wood Type (HWT), established in 2012, is a joint venture between P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. This museum, located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is the only one dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s is one of the premiere wood type collections in the world and an unparalleled source of research material for type designers. The classic designs in the Hamilton Wood Type collection are based on scarce printed specimens and actual wood type from the historic museum. Adding HWT to the P22 roster will help preserve the legacy of classic designs and keep them relevant in contemporary design.

HWT American

Recreate the vintage charm of wood type with this chunky, ornamented slab serif. Use HTW American either to express your patriotic feelings or simply because starry letters are so much fun. This chromatic typeface comes in several fonts that can be layered in various combinations to achieve a multi-colored effect. The Shopworn variant adds that little bit of grit that makes it look authentic.

New exclusive Fontsmith font: FS Me

FS Me was designed to aid legibility for those with learning disabilities. It was researched and developed in conjunction with — and endorsed by — Mencap, the UK’s leading charity and voice for those with learning disabilities. Over a three-month period, Mencap looked at various styles of sans-serif and handwritten fonts. They considered how letter spacing, width, shape and style affected readability. They developed a unique typeface of 260 characters, stylish and easy to read, which was expanded to a feature-rich OpenType Pro family with 1048 glyphs per font. It’s an open, balanced typeface with large, rounded letters. Mencap receives a donation for each font license purchased.

New exclusive Alias fonts: Asperity/Asphalt/Astic, Caustic

Conceived for Another magazine, Asperity/Asphalt/Aspic is a suite of three related typefaces sharing one underlying structure. It shows a different way of exploring the idea of a typographic system, of difference within a framework. The family’s italic nature reveals that all three have handwriting as a starting point. As its name implies, Asperity is a hard, angular design, referencing pen-drawn and carved lettering. Aspic takes ideas from the skillfully drawn, crafted lettering found on cereal packets or toilet-tissue rolls, brush-like and handwritten to signify friendliness and warmth. In Asphalt those forms are connected into an expressive, striking script.


Caustic & Caustic Web

Designed by Gareth Hague
Published by Alias


When discussing his type design Gareth Hague often uses the words “incised”, “chiseled”, or “carved”. Not being a calligrapher, he explores computer-designed and drawn versions of script-like forms, trying to capture their energy and spirit. He makes no attempt to match or pastiche handwriting. Caustic melds ideas from writing with incised, jagged letter forms. It aspires to the freeness and looseness of calligraphy, yet because it is drawn rather than written, Caustic has unwriteable shapes. This modern, hard but non-technical interpretation of a script has a dynamic character, bold and graphic.

New Latinotype font: Romeo Essential

Romeo Essential

Designed by Paula Nazal
Published by Latinotype

Inspired by Romanticism, the charming Romeo is the perfect love-match for Julieta. Together they form a condensed couple full of swashy love. While Julieta is slender and elegant, Romeo is a little beefier, a knight in shining armor ready to defend his princess. Somewhere between an upright script and a hand-drawn sans serif, this curly unicase design will have your heart racing. The alternating uppercase and lowercase letter forms let you compose beguiling headlines.

Romeo Essential
New Canada Type font: Grippo


Designed by Hans van Maanen
Published by Canada Type

The first Grippo sketches were done in the 1980s, yet only now does it see the light of day as a series of interchangeable fonts with layering options. The original single-font concept was very straightforward: double the stems so they become sturdy handles. Designer Hans van Maanen separated his original type design into layers and made each individual layer into a font, giving the typeface a new level of playfulness and versatility. In 2D or 3D, colorful or demure, in titles or initials, Grippo is an eye-catcher that emphasizes the big-fun aspect of your design.

6 Common Typographic Errors: Make Your Blood Curtle

She opened the book and screamed. Remnants of the crime splattered across the page. Crimson in magnitude, the glaring error ran in deep rivulets throughout each paragraph. “RIVERS!” she shrieked. “RIIIIIVERS!”

What makes typographers’ blood run cold? Check out our recent blog series on common errors and learn how to avoid them before sending a font designer to an early grave.

Hide your children and click below for a chill:

Rivers of Terror
The Ghost in the Machine Optical Spacing
Fake Small Decapitation
Vertical Rhythm Vertigo
The Bolding that Wasn’t

Pinterest: 5 Scary Typefaces
FontShop on Pinterest

Some designers might look on in horror when Curlz pops up, but tricks aside, we’ve pinned some better treats for those of you who are looking to get your claws on some spiky, spooky fonts.

“5” shown above: Dead Mans Folly by Comicraft
Image credit: G. Fitzthum/fStop

View the Scary Typefaces Pinterest board
Nightmare Before Christmas: Get A Head Start On Holiday Shopping

The holidays may still seem far off, but before you realize it you’ll be scrambling to buy presents and make those holiday cards. To ease the selection process and take away part of the stress we will suggest festive typefaces for your holiday graphics in the coming weeks.

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