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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Astronef Super

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 2:30am

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Choosing the best typeface for a particular job is a commitment — a gamble, too — that cannot be made in a vacuum. With so many current display type options in the world, the decision on which font to select cannot be made without testing it out. But I don’t need to tell you: You are the typographic pros.

There are so many styles that are readable and have eye-catching appeal. But my decision underscores a current interest in the question: “What typeface will represent the early 2000s (in the way that say, Lubalin’s Avant Garde represents the mid-1970s)? For this the accolade goes to Astronef Super Condensed, Astronef Super Normal, Astronef Super Wide designed by Jean François Porchez.

It is not a retro-futurist design but rather symbolically intones past and present. It retains some classic elements while emphasizing more contemporary traits: The contrast between fat and thin lines; the cap W, M and N, for instance. There are also a few novel forms such as the cap P and Q (mind your Ps and Qs, as the saying goes), that each have sensuously appealing and unconventional curves.

My favorite member of the Astronef family? Super Condensed is a tad anemic. Super Wide is fun to test drive but harder to maneuver because the letters seem bloated, reminiscent of monster truck wheels. My foot to the pedal is for Super Normal; it works great for headlines, subheads and even as a potential wordmark that has a P & Q in the name. And there’s nothing wrong with normal.

Font of the Month: ASTRONEF SUPER Designer: Jean François Porchez Foundry:  Typofonderie Three styles: Condensed, Normal, Wide

Steven Heller is nothing short of a legend in the design community. Award-winning graphic designer, author and editor of hundreds of books (yes, 100s!) and one of the world’s foremost authorities on graphic design history; and arguably its best design commentator. Follow Steven on the must-read The Daily Heller and read his latest book, Type Speaks.




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The Month in Type: Fun type

Wed, 04/27/2022 - 1:45am

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For those who missed our first Font Fashion Week — and it was a huge success — you can now catch all of the talks on our YouTube channel. We also have some blog posts (with more on the way) about brand new typefaces released during the event. And mark your calendars! Our next Font Fashion Week kicks off October 3.

Type crit with a twist: You’ve been Georged!

First up, something that will surely make you smile. It made my day. ‘Type crits’ are a crucial aspect of type design, with type designers becoming so obsessed over the details that it’s sometimes hard to see the wood for the trees. Enter Sir George Edmondson, father of James Edmondson of Oh No Type Co. fame. I’m thinking he should be invited to type conferences across the world. Watch it here.

Design Inspiration

You know bold? You can’t handle the bold! This beast via Posterlad.

Hoping these come with the dog!

36 days of type

Some favs from the recently concluded 36 Days of type:

Cuteness overload from studiomuti from Cape Town:

This alphabet by Andrew Footit!:

Get to the point

Ever wondered about points and picas and how we came to measure type in these units? Then head over to  the The League podcast, where Olivia explains how they came to be.

The wisdom of Na Kim

A great audio interview with Na Kim, associate creative director at the book publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

RECOMMENDED READING

The Daily Heller: Saul Mandel’s Illustrative Design. Suzy Mandel-Canter discusses the brilliant creative legacy of her father.

The best fonts?

The best fonts for online reading. Interesting, but of course comprehension suffers with increased speed. Is our only goal to read faster? Interesting research nonetheless.

Faking it!

From the Wired archives: Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

Design research

Another thought-provoking piece over at Design Regression: Do we remember the visual appearance of words?

BOOKS

A new book about making type — from our friends at TypeTogether. Building Ligatures: the power of type.

Discover the meaning behind emojis in the new book, EMOJISM (Vietnamese). And kudos to Print for highlighting books written in languages other than English!

Sign Painting: A practical guide to tools, materials and techniques by Mike Meyers.

BRANDING

I’m liking the fun rebrand for M&M’s: For All Funkind.

Cool branding for Petit Planet by Studio fnt:

SOME NEW FONTS!

An interesting 4-axis icons font from Google. Very clever and pretty darn useful with the four axis: fill, weight, grade, and optical size. Congratulations to those who worked on this cool project: Thomas Phinney, Lisa Huang, and Vassil Kateliev (let me know if I’ve left someone out!)

Deep breaths, please

Exposure, by Federico Parra Barrios, making the most of variable font tech.

EVENTS Typographics

Typographics festival is a con­fer­ence about the the contem­porary use of type. Book your tickets now. It takes place June 17–18 at Cooper Union in New York City.

Ascenders

Ascenders portfolio-based competition. Regular deadline is April 30th!

Granshan

This year’s Granshan conference, Sign of the Times, is a two-day hybrid event. There is a fantastic roster of speakers, including our very own Nadine Chahine! Get your tickets soon — the conference kicks off on Friday, May 20th. Catch the full schedule here.

Learn with ILT Academy

We are excited to announce the launch of ILT Academy. The courses will encompass different script systems and will be taught in a variety of languages in order to be as inclusive as possible. ILT will also offer courses that are centered around the business of running a foundry such as font production, sales, and marketing. The academic program will be curated by our CEO, Dr. Nadine Chahine, and the teaching staff will consist of award-winning designers and expert specialists who are leaders in their own fields.

We launch with two courses in Arabic and Latin type design. Check out our ILT Academy page for more. With have so many more fantastic courses to come, but I won’t spill the beans just yet!

And one more thing…

With all that’s going on in the world, I’d like to end on a lighter note:

Thanks for tuning in!

The ILT team.

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Fonts to Fall in Love With

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 12:17am

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In last week’s newsletter we looked at some of the fantastic fonts released during out first Font Fashion Week. In this second part, we introduce you to six families that we’re sure you’ll want to get to know better. Without further ado … drum roll…

Bakewell

I really enjoyed Kimmy’s talk about the inspiration and design process behind her brand new Bakewell superfamily. It’s low contrast sans-serif with ball terminals, Influenced by the Scotch Moderns but with plenty of Kimmy’s own design flair. I’m especially fond of the hairline! Individual fonts from just $24.

Dunhill Script

From a longtime master of script typefaces, calligrapher and type designer extraordinaire, Richard Lipton, brings up the splendid ne Dunhill Script. The full family of five weights is a steal at just  $39.50.

Rockhopper

Always innovative and ahead of the curve is Jeremy Tankard. His latest family, a rounded sans with a twist, is as surprising as it is beautiful. A rounded sans with optional, multidirectional swashes! During Font Fashion Week, Jeremy sat down to explain how it all works. You can catch it on our YouTube channel. And you can buy the Rockhopper fonts from ILT, of course.

Fello

A little gem from our friends at the Australian Type Foundry: A brand new geometric sans with an industrial edge, and some fantastic alternates. Love the alternative g! Fello is on sale for a limited time. The full family of three fonts is just $54.

Aiglon

This new sans from design legend Jean François Porchez combines features of geometric sans and grotesques, lending it much more warmth and character than your average geo-sans. Aiglon is available in five widths. I’m a huge fan of the condensed.

Schotis Display

Schotis Display from Huy! Fonts is a welcome companion to Schotis Text and is designed for headlines and other larger settings. Perfect fro you editorial and branding toolbox. The italic is especially good.

[see part 1]

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Fantastic New Fonts

Wed, 04/13/2022 - 2:00am

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During our first and hugely successful Font Fashion Week, we saw the release of 12 new font families. Today we feature half of them — from fonts that can sing and dance to those with a typewriter pedigree, and fonts that sparkle! Buckle up!

BOUCAN

First up is a typeface that blends high-tech with fun. Boucan, by the super-talented Malou Verlomme, was also Steven heller’s pick for his Font of the Month! Boucan is also available as a variable font and is an absolute steal for just $30!

BODONI EGYPTIAN MONO

Bodoni Egyptian Mono is a welcome addition to Nick Shinn’s Bodoni Egyptian family. I’m a huge fan and am particularly fond of the italic! Nick gave us the scoop in a recent interview. Oh, and for a limited time is 50% off, so hurry.

PROXIMA SERA

The new Proxima Sera is the long-awaited serif companion to one of the world’s most popular typefaces, Proxima Nova. If you’re curious about the origin and dev of this new font family from Mark Simonson then be sure to check out his Font Fashion Week talk on YouTube.

GWEN

Not only is the brand-new Gwen from the fine folk at Fontfabric an absolute gem, but it sparkles like one too. Look at those tittels! Standout letter are many, but let’s start with that gGR!

LAYORT

Layfort from Identity Letters is a beautiful take on Art Deco meets Industrial. We interviewed Layfort’s designer, Moritz Kleinsorge, on the ILT blog! Standout letters: aft. A typeface that‘s just begging to be used in editorial and branding projects!

TRAGIC GROTESK

We round up this first tranche of releases with Character Type’s Tragic Grotesk. My favorite letters: g and G. Available in 16 styles, from just $20. 40% off right now!

Be sure to join us next week for more new releases. If you missed the recent Font Fashion Week talks, catch up on our YouTube channel.

We regularly update our home page with quality curated fonts, so be sure to visit often!

[see part 2]

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Bodoni Egyptian Mono

Fri, 04/08/2022 - 1:00am

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In a landscape filled with thousands of typefaces, Bodoni Egyptian Mono is an unexpected design that mixes together wildly divergent DNAs. We interviewed its designer, Nick Shinn of Shinntype.

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Schotis Display font family

Thu, 04/07/2022 - 12:00am

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Schotis Display is the companion to Schotis Text and is meant to be used in headlines, in subheadings, and other large size settings. Its design is inspired by 19th-century Scotch Romans, but has a thoroughly contemporary look.

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Layfort font family

Tue, 04/05/2022 - 9:00pm

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The brand new Layfort font family takes its inspiration from Art Deco typefaces and crosses that with a dash of industrial flavor to arrive at a distinct typographic voice. It feels fashionable but without frills, relaxed in a luxurious rhythm but with a serious undertone.

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Boucan

Tue, 04/05/2022 - 4:59am

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Join Steven Heller for this special episode of Font of the Month as he takes a closer look at the brand new Boucan, an innovative, playful, and brilliant new font family from Malou Verlomme.

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Font Fashion Week

Thu, 03/17/2022 - 2:30am

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Font Fashion Week is just around the corner! It’s a brand new series of free online events organized by I Love Typography to celebrate the latest trends in type design.

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Featured Fonts: March 2022

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 2:30am

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Welcome to our March edition of Featured Fonts. Before we get to our three picks, we’d love to tell you that the schedule for Font Fashion Week is up. FFW is a series of free online events organized by I Love Typography to celebrate the latest trends in international type design. Tickets (free tickets!) will […]

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Celebrating women-led foundries

Tue, 03/08/2022 - 3:00am

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I Love Typography launches a mentorship program for women-led (or co-led) foundries. Today, as we celebrate the first International Women’s Day since launching our store, we are thrilled to announce that we are starting a mentorship program for women-led or co-led foundries which will focus on providing regular advice on business development and marketing strategy.

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Typefaces for Human-centered Branding

Mon, 03/07/2022 - 2:30am

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If typography is the voice of a brand, what sort of typeface would fit a human-centered one? Award-winning type designer, educator, and typographic branding expert, Dr. Nadine Chahine, recommends typefaces ideally suited to human-centered branding design — typefaces able to project modernity while remaining anchored in humanity.

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Nicholas

Wed, 03/02/2022 - 2:45am

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In this seventh episode of Font of the Month, Steven Heller goes back to the future with Nick Shinn’s magnificent Nicholas typeface family. Reminiscing about the great Herb Lubalin’s extra tight type settings in Avant Garde and Fact magazines of the 1960s, and then back to the present day and a typeface inspired by that era and those legends.

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The Month in Type: Feb 2020

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 2:30am

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Our monthly roundup of fonts, typography, and graphic design news and inspiration. From Pimp my Wordle and missing webfonts to interviews, must-read books, and design trends — all in the Month in Type.

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Featured Fonts: Feb 2022

Wed, 02/16/2022 - 2:30am

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Our monthly Featured Fonts Series is an opportunity to highlight some of our favorite typefaces, from hugely popular bestsellers to sometimes overlooked and hidden gems. This month, we have a classic text typeface with beautiful ornaments, a modern-day classic, a heavy-hitting display face, and a must-have brush script.

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Hot new fonts

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 2:30am

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This month’s hot new fonts include a voluptuous space-aged sans from Jean François Porchez, plus two new gems from Beasts of England that take us from the roaring twenties through the psychedelic 70s, and into the present day with aplomb and pizazz. Oh, and the launch of ILT’s premium collectibles!

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Show

Thu, 02/03/2022 - 2:30am

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In this sixth episode of Font of the Month, Steven Heller takes us on a geo-historical journey from Modernist manifestos and 19th-century wood type to the brightly painted handcarts of Buenos Aires, Argentina — to trace the origins and inspiration for Huy! Fonts’ layer fonts family, Show. Buckle up!

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Font Chart Toppers: Recent bestsellers

Mon, 01/31/2022 - 3:00pm

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Last week, I looked back at 2021 and chose ten of my ten favorite releases. Today’s typefaces kind of chose themselves — or more precisely, you chose them! These are ILT’s five top chart-toppers or bestsellers. It’s great to see world scripts represented, with support for Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, and Latin. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, your top five typefaces.

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The Month in Type: January 2022

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 3:00am

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Apparently, it’s now the year 2022 AD! I hope that you were able to decompress over the holidays and New Year, and that you’re now in good health and good spirits. If you missed last month’s edition, be sure to check it out. We named it The Year in Type. Oh, and be sure to take a […]

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