Welcome to the best in type news!

A warm welcome to the shiny new The Month in Type. As the name suggests, from here on in, each month, I’ll highlight the most relevant and interesting news about typography and fonts and their related disciplines – from the latest in tech, like the amazing potential of variable fonts, to the best new font releases, book reviews, talks and interviews. Without further ado, let's kick off with some worthy recent releases.



↑ Nougat Script is a new typeface, designed by Aldus De Losa, and published by Sudtipos. Fat, chewy and delicious, for sure.

And two more from Sudtipos: Speakeasy, drawn by Ale Paul, a toolbox of five fonts comprising script and roman styles and ideal for menus and labelling; second, the more informal Looking Flowers based on a script by Peruvian lettering artist, Lu Nolasco.
↑ Corsair from Rosetta and drawn by Ksenya Samarskayais condensed and informal but precise and described by its creator as “the gritty intellectual’s Sharpie.” Comes with especially broad language support, including support for Vietnamese.
↑ I have quite the soft spot for modern interpretations of blackletter type. They’re not easy to pull off but Fleisch, by Joachim Müller-Lancé, succeeds, not as a parody but as a functioning, contemporary gothic typeface.
↑ The crazy, dotty Gothic Lab from Production Type. Comes in two styles, or patterns.
↑ Edgar Walthert’s new sans, Logical, published by Bold Monday. Quite like the dislocated lowercase g.
↑ Certo Sans designed by Pedro Leal and Dino dos Santos;  released through DSType.
↑ Yet another 2017 release that I somehow managed to miss. Ysans from Typofonderie is a typeface available as two sub-families: Ysans and Ysans Mondrian. Also, from Typofonderie, is the expansion of the AW Conqueror Didot family – swashes galore!
↑ Pantera, a high-contrast brush script from Maximiliano Sproviero. A kind of graffiti meets high-contrast brush script affair. I’m also a fan of Maximiliano’s Indie and Indie Inline.
↑ New from Commercial Type is Schnyder, originally designed for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Quirky and absolutely gorgeous!
↑ Very happy to see some of Cyrus Highsmith's earlier 'out of print' types resurrected and re-released by Type Network.
↑ David Jonathan Ross’s Map Roman, an interpretation of the cartographic lettering of MacDonald Gill (Eric Gill’s brother) is released through the novel Font of the Month Club. Also worth following David on Instagram, @djrrb.
↑ Boxout, drawn by Jake Fleming, published by Future Fonts. A beefy and quirky modernist sans at heart but squeezed at the joints not unlike those balloon animals a party clown might twist and pinch into existence. Pretty weird but I like it.


When it comes to good books about typography, we are spoiled. Since Bringhurst’s Elements and Butterick’s Practical Typography, a number of solid treatises and textbooks have been published that deal with every aspect of typographic design.

Recently, Richard Rutter’s excellent Web Typography is yet another welcome addition to teaching the finer points of digital typography.

Petra Eisele’s Futura: The Typeface is a sumptuous biography and ode to Paul Renner’s famed geometric sans.

Tim Brown’s Flexible Typesetting is especially relevant today when the typographic page is more flexible than it has ever been. Well written and especially well organized and edited – a must have.
And although not a book about typography, how could we fail to mention Jessica Hische’s debut illustrated children's book, Tomorrow I’ll be Brave. It looks stunning. Pre-order from Amazon. For additional heart-melting loveliness, watch this animated trailer:
Official animated trailer for Jessica Hische’s Tomorrow I’ll be Brave, published by Penguin Workshop.
For its second publication, Letterform Archive has launched a funding campaign for Morla : Design, a splendid looking monograph that traces graphic designer, Jennifer Morla's 40-year career.


Time to register for ATypI 2018 in Antwerp (11–15 Sept. 2018).

TypeCamp Japan: make letters, explore and enjoy Japan and even carve a gourd! (5-11 Nov. 2018).

Type West, a new postgraduate course in type design from the fine folk at Letterform. The year-long program begins in October 2018.

My good friend, Seb Lester, now has a lettering and calligraphy masterclass hosted by Skillshare. If you'd like to learn from the best, then do take a look.


Good design is good business - Paul Rand & Steven Heller.

Hidden Treasures: lost type designs from the Bauhaus House.
Thomas Jockin and Erin McLaughlin compare the finer details of two reverse contrast typefaces.
Hosted by Creative Mornings, Berlin, Marianna Paszkowska talks Variable Fonts.
Vox on fonts in movies with an appearance by type A-lister, Yves Peters.


A couple of interesting articles on the design of Arabic and Hebrew typefaces.The first on the Anatomy of Arabic Type by Azza Alameddine; the second, What You Need to Know About the Hebrew Script. A great piece on the making of the typeface, Allumi by Cyrus Highsmith: Onions, Leeks, and Garlic. Johannes Neumeier writes about the The Future of Variable Fonts. The Washington Post talks Well-Designed Campaign Posters. Erik Carter asks, Do You Want Typography or Do You Want The Truth? From the United Editions blog, Letraset, Design and Music. You should follow Claire Bourne on Twitter, if you like type history. The TDC launches a new online magazine, Typegeist. Kris Sowersby publishes the transcript of his thought-provoking TypeCon Portland talk, 10,000 Original Copies. And H&Co. take a look at Fast Fonts.
↑ A wonderful review from Bethany Heck (Head of Design at Medium) of Kris Sowersby’s crazy and magnificent reverse stress typeface, Maelstrom.
↑ Some really strong typographic branding by Studio Juice for Camden Town Brewery.
↑ A great redesign of Tal Leming’s Type Supply site. And be sure to take a look at his 90 Minutes, on his work for U.S. Soccer.
↑ From beer to wine and House Industries’ wonderful identity for a Tokyo wine store.
↑ And after a beer in London, a glass of wine in Tokyo, head to Hong Kong for the ballet and Design Army’s gorgeous Never Stand Still campaign for the Hong Kong Ballet.
↑ Love this red alphabet print by Martina Flor. And keep your eyes peeled for a type collaboration between Martina and Neil Summerour of Positype.
↑ And here is another stunning alphabet print from the inimitable House Industries.
↑ Some lovely-crazy from James Edmondson: high-contrast, super-fat type, reversed out, and borders! He’s spoiling us! Follow OH no Type Co. on Instagram for more.
↑ Train station packing tape lettering. No, you didn’t misread that sentence. Welcome to Japan.

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Thanks for reading. Be sure to share the love and tell others about this newsletter. I’ll see you again in September for the next installment of The Month in Type.

Have a fantastic month.



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