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Bely & FF Sanuk

October 19, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Let’s look at Roxane Gataud’s Bely with Xavier Dupré’s FF Sanuk. This summer at TypeCon I was pleased to meet Roxane Gataud and get to know more about this, her first release. Bely is a bookish magazine face in its text weights, with an editorially minded Display cut. FF Sanuk is a straight-sided tech sans, but, not so fast. Have a look yourself and see if you agree with me that its humanistic touches all but disqualify it from that classification. Squarish, yes, but it’s also full of warmth.

Malabar & Borgstrand

June 30, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Today we take a look at Dan Reynolds’s Malabar paired with Martin Lexelius’s Borgstrand. Malabar is a stunning Renaissance Roman, brought up in the Dutch tradition and made to fill today’s specific needs. Borgstrand is an engineer’s answer to the question “What might a set of sturdy letters look like?”

Satyr & FF Legato

May 10, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Let’s take a look at Sindre Bremnes’ Satyr paired with Evert Bloemsma’s FF Legato: I’ll start by confessing this is a combination that type designer (and quite talented typographer) Nina Stössinger suggested to me a few years back after I published a Great Pair that admittedly wasn’t that “Great.”

Nocturno & Venus

March 09, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Nocturno’s absorbing text and brilliant display weights pair with Venus’ hand-drawn warmth and haphazard rhythm to create a relationship that accentuates the rough and smooth in each.

Buendia & Blog Script

December 28, 2015 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Moving away briefly from the usual kinds of relationships I explore here, a serif and a sans family combined, we look at the addition of a strong semi-connected script to an unconventional type family with both sans and serif styles and that spans both text and display.