Weekly Roundup: November 18
Here is the first regular update by TYPE of font releases and custom type launches.
Lost Type released Faction, a display face in two styles—Black and Outline. Designed by Shiva Nallapermural, the typeface explores “the relationship between forms and counter-forms.” Personal Licenses for Faction are available on Lost Type’s website for a pay-what-you-want price.
FontFont’s Verena Gerlach released Sizmo this week on FontShop. The grotesque sans serif face comes in a variety of styles: roman, oblique, and “line,” which connects all letters and leaves no shape floating alone (even the top dot on the colon is connected by a line). FF Sizmo is available on the FontShop website.
Monotype published Jim Ford’s Beefcakes this week. As the name implies, this big brush display typeface was “inspired by the brush stroke lettering of butcher shop windows.” Beefcake’s three styles—regular, shadow, and italic—are available on the Monotype website.
Retype’s Ramiro Espinoza published Guyot Text, a “carefully crafted counterpart” to Guyot Headline, which Retype released a few months ago. According to Retype’s description, Guyot Text “is fully equipped to tackle complex, professional typesetting.” Guyot Text is available on the Retype website and at Type Network.
British highway fonts
Chris’s British Road Directory (CBRD) has made available the British road signage typefaces—free for personal use. Faces include Transport, Motorway, and Pavement. “Old Road Sign” is included, without apparent irony. The fonts are available on the CBRD website.
IBM’s “new Helvetica” is due to be released in 2018, complete with sans, serif, and monospace styles. IBM released the beta-version of Plex this week, along with a video about the font.
Tencent, the tech giant in China (WeChat) worked with a Monotype team lead by Julius Hui to produce a typeface for a rebranding effort. The new Tencent family includes Chinese, Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek, each featuring an Italic slant. More on the Monotype website.
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