The idea is simple: I invite a group of writers, educators, type makers and type users to look back at 2011 and pick the release that excited them most.
This is not a juried contest. The result isn’t necessarily the “best fonts of the year”, or even those most used or ballyhooed.
This film documents the creation of a new typeface from the preliminary sketches through the cutting and casting of a single letter. The film offers a unique opportunity to share Jim’s knowledge with the world.
No idea if the film will be shown elsewhere or made available online or anything.
Sindre Bremnes is developing a typeface in public: Satyr is a typeface in development which started as an exercise in drawing the alphabet without straight lines, and has been refined in to a text face with lots of quirky contrast and details. Here’s the italic companion.
Metric & Calibre are a pair of typefaces that share a fundamental geometry yet differ in the finish of key letterforms. Metric is a geometric humanist, sired by West Berlin street signs. Calibre is a geometric neo-grotesque, inspired by the rationality of Aldo Novarese’s seldom seen Recta. They were conceived as a pair but function independently of each other.
Another typeface post, I’m afraid. Panotica Italic is one of ten faces by Nick Shinn using his Panoptic alphabet—a unicase, monospace (or monocase, unispace?) alphabet. The italic is the most interesting because of the tensions between being basically square and being slanted forces the designer to come up with some creative solutions.