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Type Trends: Polychromatic Type

The popularity of multi-colored, or polychromatic type is on the rise. Not a sharp upturn necessarily, but I’m seeing it more and more. The concept I’m referring to is the bundling of a set of fonts with identical metrics, designed to layer on top of one another, so that a single character or letterform can be set in more than a single color. And since I love these, I’ve prepared an accompanying how-to portion called Polychromatic Type: Dress in layers, with all the “mechanical” details. For now though, I just wanted to point out a few features and general considerations, leaving most of the education to one’s own eyes.

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FF Primary

Martin Wenzel’s FF Primary, 1995. Four fonts stack on top of one another here, each covering a top, right, bottom, or left side only. Playing with FF Primary tests one’s ability to understand and manage color relationships, which is 95% of getting these to work. The other 5% is knowing when to stop.

PowerStation

Michael Doret’s PowerStation, 2006.

Dusty CircusNathan Williams’s  Dusty Circus, 2011.

PTL Mia

Anne-Katrin Koch’s PTL Mia, 2010.

Hopeless Diamond

Jonathan Barnbrook, Marcus Leis Allion’s Hopeless Diamond, 2009. Especially in faces that imitate a 3-dimensional quality, it’s important to use a background color with a low enough value that it allows sufficient range for differentiating between highlight and shadow.

FF Primary

FF Primary again. While it may appear that gradient fills are at work above, what you’re seeing (or rather not seeing) is the harnessing of an optical phenomenon called simultaneous contrast. The eye sees that the blue shadow above grows darker as it’s cast farther from the red letters.

Grandes Vacances

Ryoichi Tsunekawa’s Grandes Vacances, 2007. Note how naturally topheavy the design is when both parts are presented in the same color. This is counteracted above by setting the bottom portion in a much lighter value, causing it to appear more or less of equal weight.

Ademo

Andreas Seidel, Carl A. Fahrenwaldt’s Ademo, 2011.

HWT American

Richard Kegler, Terry Wudenbachs’s HWT American Chromatic, 2012, presented out of register.

There are quite a few of these popping up that we don’t carry as well, notably, Juri Zaech’s Frontage, 2012, and Alex Sheldon’s Detroit, 2011. What other good ones have you noticed?

(Update: I found Dave Foster’s tweet a bit alarming—“No mention of Photolettering?” Though I’m sure this came with the truest intentions, and certainly no umbrage was taken by me, I felt the arm of the question mark reach out and give the back of my head a smack. How could I have left out Photolettering? While not marketed and sold as fonts per se, (well, some are, elsewhere) House Industries’s Photo-Lettering Inc. website, up since April 2011, has an impressive selection of polychromatic alphabets, and a great, easy to use interface. And not all of the faces are from the original Photo-Lettering Inc. catalog. See Erik van Blokland’s Federal, Jeremy Mickel’s Sobriquet. After setting the word or phrase, final output is PDF. Also, two good examples so far in the comments. Keep them coming.)

Follow to the continuation how-to below:

Polychromatic type: Dress in layers

New Fonts This Week

This week we have lots of fresh new faces as well as some great deals we’d like to share with you.

Get 30% off Krul and Dulcinea from ReType through December. Sudtipos’ Poem Script is 30% off until Dec. 25. We welcome a new foundry, Positype, to the FontShop family and offer a promotional price of 25% off this month for all Positype fonts. Be sure to check out Hoftype’s Carat Light—it’s FREE! And as always, subscribe to our newsletter and read this blog for the full stories. Now for all the latest from the following foundries:

New Foundry: Positype

View all Positype fonts (25% off through Dec. 31)

Air Complete OT (25% off through Dec. 31)

Dumpling OT (25% off through Dec. 31)

Friendly OT (25% off through Dec. 31)

Halogen OT (25% off through Dec. 31)

Primetype

PTL Attack Rough OT

PTL Attention Complete Pro OT

PTL Manohara Complete Pro

PTL Mia OT

PTL Roletta Sans / Slab / Ornaments

Sudtipos

Poem Script (30% off until Dec. 25)

Canada Type

Cotillion Volume Pro

Gaulois OT

Pipa OT

Zigarre Volume OT

FontFont

FF Videtur

Parkinson Type Design

Meatball

VetteLetters

VLNL Breakz

VLNL Decks

VLNL Dream Meal

VLNL Gaufre Regular OT

 

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