Beausite from Fatype



Beausite is an elegant grotesque in three grades, 6 weights each. Sexy alternates! I really like this gif, see for yourself or head to fatype to buy.


Input: a type system for code



There are some areas of typography that seem underdeveloped, for example monospaced fonts. David Jonathan Ross applied the core concept to proportional fonts, so they feel monospaced without the limitation of fixed width. 

With Sans, Serif and Monospaced, Italics and 4 widths in multitude of styles (that even account for white type on dark background!) it is a very usable type system.

You can get it at the beautiful minisite with a lot of process explanations.

Input is free for personal use, and quite cheap for commercial use.

3D Type by Ben Johnston

Is it weird if I want this thing rotating non-stop in my living room? Santa!




More kick-ass type stuff by Ben Johnston here

Typographic posters from Posterama


Quick tip for a cool Christmas present for design geeks: Posterama supplies neat typographic posters. Inspirational words are always just that, well, inspirational, and brought into beautiful form they become even more powerful.






Lolwut

I read a lot on the internet, and so it happens, I stumble upon a lot of misguided opinions and poorly researched statements. Usually I'd just browse past the bullshit, but this one from Business Insider on why Helvetica is the only typeface in the future tops them all. Kudos to the author for being able to pack so much nonsense in such a short article. Read and cry, typophiles.

Monokrom: a new type foundry

Welcome a new foundry from Norway: Monokrom opens with 5 excellent typefaces. Aften Screen is a friendly Grotesque, suitable for long reading on screen, as the name suggests. Read more on the process here. Great stuff.

Bruno

Multilayered type always looks nice, but it's a pain to work with. Until now!

Leo Koppelkamm releases Bruno, a lovely multilayered font that is pretty easy to work with. For that he developed an InDesign plugin, which fetches the colors from your swatches, and lets you use them for the background layer. Essentially it seems to be two text frames, but glued together, and instantly updated. You can track the text, underline it, rotate, resize, basically do pretty much everything you can do while using any other font. Better see it in action in this demo video.

While it's cool from a technological point of view, it is also a cute design, which would feel at home with anything kids-related. The last line in the image is how the glyphs actually look in this font — with alternates to make the background. How Leo didn't go insane while designing them, is beyond me. Anyway, it's great to see people pushing the boundaries of what's possible in typography.

Protip: get Bruno while on sale!

Drop Cap covers for Penguin Classics



Jessica Hische never ceases to amaze me, every time I see her new work mentioned anywhere leads me to her site, where the unmistakable but versatile style leaves me glued to the display for at least an hour. These wonderful covers are no exception of course, and there goes my productivity for today. Damn you, Jessica, I've got work to do!
 






 Nice write-up about Karloff, the new typeface from Typotheque. Interesting, how we perceive one extreme contrast shift as elegant, and another as monstrous.

Turnip

David Jonathan Ross is a master of contrast. His playful Trilby, majestic (and enormously extensive) Condor and the fun Manicotti all show that, some more subtle than others. Turnip has plenty of the subtle but visible contrast variation, a wide top-heavy design with squarish inner and round outer curves and sharp angles that make for paragraphs "with a bite" as he calls it. It all sounds clunky, but makes the paragraphs sit remarkably well on a page. I loved Joshua Darden's Freight Micro, and this goes into similar direction, with Bookman (and hints of Clarendon?) as a role model. Take a look at Turnip here