Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know that it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something beautiful takes an extreme amount of skill, taste and patience.
Type design isn’t meant for everyone, but typography is, and nearly every designer works with it every day. This is exactly why Type Release creator Sean Mitchell is here to share with you some of the latest typefaces released this past month. These are his findings:
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Designer: Mike Jarboe
An inline bold condensed sans based on a modified version of Sorren. The original letterforms have been customized and carefully adapted to accommodate the monolinear inlay. The dual layers that make up Enamel are united as one with the Inline style, yet are available as separate styles for managing multicolor use.
Indian Type Foundry: Kohinoor Latin
Designer: Satya Rajpurohit
An elegant, low contrast humanist sans-serif suitable for both body and the display text. Kohinoor Latin comes in 5 upright styles with their complementary italics.
Latinotype: Ride My Bike
Designer: Guisela Mendoza
A fresh handmade typeface, inspired by street style and the new culture that moves pedaling around the city.
Beta: YWFT Whisky
A masterpiece of friendly curves and powerful graphical flair, YWFT Whisky evokes the torch-lit corridors under Giza, with plenty of pre-kerned patterns and stylistic surprises under the hood. Bold, patterned abstractions await in the bottle of this Whiskey. Neat, one cube only please.
Designer: Octavio Pardo
Combines very detailed and constructed shapes with script flavour. The design has varied influences, from gothic fraktur to the display super black high contrasted wood types. Its personality allows for the creation of stunning pieces of design without the need of any other elements‚ a single word in Sutturah is worth a thousand images.
James Todd: Garvis Pro
Inspired by both turn of the century neoclassical forms and Dutch Fleischmann Type, Garvis is designed to bring the character of those typefaces into more modern times by increasing the sturdiness of the forms without losing their character.
Latinotype: Andes Condensed
Designer: Daniel Hernández
A display typeface that has neo-humanist characteristics. Its different terminals, among other elements, give it a look of mixed typography.
Bold Monday: Nitti
Designer: Pieter van Rosmalen
A monospaced typeface family in five weights that has its roots in the first sans-serif designs of the 19th century – the Grotesques. Originally a British invention, the Grotesques gained massive popularity in mainland Europe and also became widespread in early 20th century USA where it was commonly referred to as ‘Gothic’.
Designers: Dino dos Santos & Pedro Leal
A very versatile and usable type system with five widths: Solido, Solido Constricted, Solido Condensed, Solido Compressed and Solido Compact, in a total of 35 fonts with many of alternate characters.
Designer: Alex Haigh
It’s got so much impact that if it was actually real, it would probably hit you smack bang in the face. This geometric wild child is one not to be messed with, sharp edges and futuristic styling give Electro the attitude needed to leave a lasting impression.
Joel Felix: Citizen Slab
Designer: Joel Felix
A typeface that pays homage to a vintage aesthetic without losing its modern sensibility.
Designer: Jeremy Dooley
One of the font’s defining characteristics is the unique terminators of its C, G and S. This face’s texture and rhythm also moves well in longer texts. These and other features give Ashemore a restrained bohemian vibe that seems particularly appropriate for a coffee house or an art gallery.
Insigne: Sancoale Slab
Designer: Jeremy Dooley
The contemporary feel of the Sancoale superfamily takes a bolder turn with this futuristic slab. Built from Sancoale’s successfully simple geometry, Slab’s serif elements and tall x-height give the face an energetic, yet clean figure.
House Industries: House Slant
A free font for web & print.
Marco Müller: Melbourne
A sans-serif font with a modern touch.
Designer: Luciano Vergara
A latin style hipster.
Lost Type Co-op: Mission Script
Designer: James T. Edmondson
A condensed script, inspired by San Francisco’s mission district. Mission Script is a signage-lovers wet dream. Condensed, casual, sweet, and sincere. A celebration of the brush. Scripts rule.
HVD Fonts: Pluto Sans Italics
Designer: Hannes von Döhren
Pluto Sans — the straight companion of the Pluto Family — was designed by Hannes von Döhren in 2012. The whole family consists of 16 Uprights and 16 Italics; 32 fonts in all.
Niramekko: Plau Italics
Designer: Rodrigo Saiani
Futurist italic typeface from the programming era, Plau is a sans-serif with rounded corner personality and interestingly deliberate lettershapes.
Mateusz Machalski: Meat
Designers: Mateusz Machalski & Meat
Made in collaboration with famous graffiti artist MEAT.
Lan Huang: Orange Roughy
Designer: Lan Huang
An italic typeface without curves. It serves well as a display face with its unapologetic forms.
Designer: Rob Leuschke
This fun, scribbly little font can fool you. At first glance it looks crude and simple. But, with over 1600 glyphs, combine the right character pairs and suddenly Fuggles is a powerful script that can be used for sophisticated commercial design.
Designer: Ramiro Espinoza
An in-depth look at Spanish Baroque calligraphy’s most extreme tendencies, and especially at some of those produced by the writing masters Pedro Díaz Morante and Juan Claudio Aznar de Polanco.
LeType: Clio Condensed
Designer: Gabriel de Souza
Simple and stylish, part of a big family of 72 fonts.
A slab serif typeface of nineteenth-century origins with contemporary sensibilities. Its form is inspired by old European egyptians, referencing early specimens from William Thorowgood and Alexander Wilson. Its stencil version features an alternate set of counter-less letters for a heavier look.
Gaslight: Wide Display
Designer: Valery Zaveryaev
A unicase wide slab-serif with numerous alternatives and decorative elements.
Hipopotam Studio: Mrs White
Designers: Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy
We designed Mrs White for our next book for children. We needed a clean script that would give a feeling of a primary school handwriting. Mrs White is filled with ligatures and contextual alternates which gives her very smooth line of text. Scripts shouldn’t be used without lowercase letters so we added a small caps for headlines and acronyms.
Designer: Jeremy Mickel
Monogram magic, by Jeremy Mickel.
Tart Workshop: Bookeyed Nelson
Designer: Crystal Kluge, Stuart Sandler
Bookeyed Nelson is a stand-up guy. He’s always reliable and does what you need him to do, with a number of alternative glyphs & ligatures to customize his appearance in any OpenType aware application.
Tart Workshop: San Rafael
Designer: Crystal Kluge, Stuart Sandler
A flirty, sweet hand lettered font, San Rafael strikes just the right balance between sophisticated and casual. San Rafael Mission is perfect when you desire a more generous open breezy feel. San Rafael and San Rafael Mission have a lovely collection of alternative glyphs & ligatures accessible in any OpenType aware application. They are perfect for labels, packaging, logotypes, book titles, gifts & stationery goods.
These are just a few of the most impressive typefaces that were released last month. If you’re still hungry for more, you may want to see the lists from past months: August, July and June. For daily typefaces releases, follow @TypeRelease on Twitter.
Featured image: tonystl