NEW: Fit

Fit is designed to fit just about any text into just about any space

My first release of 2017 is a hyper-stylized series of caps designed with one thing in mind: filling up space with maximum impact. With an expansive range of widths, Fit will take just about any text and fit it into just about any space.

Fit comes as a 10-width family, a brand-spankin-new OpenType Variable font, and 1001 fine-grained instances for precision fitting.

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Jen Simmons on CSS Writing Modes

Jen Simmons wrote the most thorough overview of CSS Writing Modes that I have yet to see. This is one of the techniques (and certainly the most forward-looking technique) that I used to display vertical text in Bungee. It’s one thing that I’d love to see more use and support for in 2017.

Bungee makes an appearance in today’s Google Doodle

Walter Cronkite google doodle

If you’re in the U.S. and want to see my typeface Bungee in action, look no further than today’s Google Doodle at google.com, celebrating Walter Cronkite!

You can read more about it in the Google Doodles archive.

DJR on TkM

This week, Adobe Typekit announced the new Typekit Marketplace. I am very happy to be a part of it, along with my partners at Type Network and a number of other excellent type foundries. I am very excited to share my work with a whole new set of visual designers, and to see a large, influential company like Adobe placing such a high value on type.

NEW: Forma DJR

Forma DJR

Forma DJR is a revival of Nebiolo’s classic Italian sans that brings a measure of warmth to the cold, rational neo-grotesque genre. Drawn with Roger Black for his 2013 redesign of Hong Kong Tatler, our interpretation recaptures the spirit of late-60s/early-70s typography with letterspacing that is tight but not touching, and rounded corners and tapering stems that echo the imperfections of ink and paper. Meet Forma DJR, the interesting boring sans.

Toshi’s Amazing Reversed Noordzij Rubick’s Cube

I’m back from TypeCon 2016 with a new prized possession: a reversed stress Noordzij Rubick’s Cube. This came from the idea that I proposed in my Backasswards talk a few TypeCons back.

Many thanks to Toshi Omagari, designer of the multiwidth reverse-stress typeface Cowhand and Rubick’s cube solver extraordinaire, who created this amazing object.

Toshi’s reversed stress Rubick’s cube

Aromatherapy

My love of vertical signs sometimes takes me to pretty dark corners of the typographic universe…

Aromatherapy, Burlington

Winnipeg Ghost Signs

I traveled to Winnipeg last week for a family reunion, and was floored by the quantity and quality of painted ads on the buildings. A few of my favorites:

Nutty Club

Del’s Electric

Ghost Signs

Winslow State Park

I love Trail Type. It’s an excellent collection of letters found out in nature, curated by Scribble Tone. Here are two of my recent contributions, from my recent trip up Mt. Kearsarge. I love their dimensionality and the consistency of their bowed, rounded forms.

To Trails

Bungee’s Stacked Accents

Stacking letters gets extra tricky when accents are involved. Bungee’s accented characters are spaced and kerned so that they set well with other letters, even other accents. Here are three examples from Portuguese, Turkish, and Polish that show Bungee’s accent-to-accent spacing.

  • Krężoły: Polish, the name of several villages in Poland
  • Üşümek: Turkish, to feel cold or chilly
  • Coraçao: Portuguese, heart

The ever-hilarious Chris Lewis came up with a great term for this: staccents!

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Gimlet’s Compact Diereses

Gimlet’s alternate umlauts (OpenType Stylistic Set 08) were inspired by forms found in Schadow Antiqua Fett: