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


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:

An interview with Peter Glaab

German designer Peter Glaab has been interested in Georg Trump’s typeface Schadow for years. So naturally he reached out when I released Gimlet, which takes many of its cues from the typeface.

First, he took some time to interview me about Gimlet’s design, and also about my new foundry and what other typefaces I have up my sleeve. Then, he wrote an excellent review of Gimlet (in German, translate it here), highlighting its connection with Schadow, its design features, and its alternate forms with an incredible amount of depth.

The icing on the cake: both articles are set in Turnip!

Bungee Pixel

James Edmondson and Eric Lobdell just released Emojigram (GitHub), a fun little tool that converts text into vertically-arranged emoji bitmaps.

Knowing how much I like vertical type, James encouraged me to create a pixel version of Bungee, which he used to create a special version of the tool: Emojigram: Bungee Edition »

I created Bungee Pixel with Monodraw, which has become my go-to ASCII art editor. It takes some liberties with the original design, but retains the same simplified sans-serif structure. It is eight pixels high, with three-pixel stems, two-pixel hairlines, and one-pixel letter spaces. View Bungee Pixel on Github »

Bungee Emoji Alphabet