Monthly Archives: June 2012

Freight Sans Condensed is Here.

With yesterday’s update comes a much-anticipated extension to the already massive Freight Superfamily, Freight Sans Condensed.

Joshua Darden’s Freight [Serif] is known for its ability to achieve just the right balance on the page due to its many available weights in four optical sizes. In corresponding weights, Freight Sans, and now Freight Sans Condensed offer a versatile companion that holds a common tone across widths. Freight is published by GarageFonts. Find out more about the family on the Freight Superfamily page.

New Fonts This Week

Here they are! All the week’s fresh faces. There’s definitely more to come on these, so stay updated here on our blog, or subscribe to our newsletter for the stories behind the type.


Alias Didot / Outline  And we’re pleased to offer Gareth Hague’s Alias Didot and Alias Didot Outline as FontShop exclusives. Party on, Gareth!

Bold Monday

Trio Grotesk

Garage Fonts

Freight Sans Condensed


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Travis Kochel’s FF Chartwell

Update: The series is complete! See the list below for links to each part.

When Travis Kochel submitted his plans to expand and re-release Chartwell through FontFont, we were thrilled. The degree to which the fonts constitute something completely new to the world of type is something we haven’t seen in a long time—arguably ever. FF Chartwell isn’t like other faces in that its letters and figures aren’t intended to be displayed; They only serve as placeholders for chart and graph elements. When a stylistic set is applied via OpenType, simple strings of numbers become charts.

Lots of interest and buzz and how-tos came with FF Chartwell’s release, but we at FontShop decided to make our own in-depth study of each of its seven chart fonts, and have some fun visualizing data along the way. Our FF Chartwell series starts Monday.

All seven parts of our series:

Tall things in FF Chartwell Vertical Bars

Radar Charts in FF Chartwell Radar

Superfamilies in FF Chartwell Bars

The Planets in FF Chartwell Rings

Tour de France Stages in FF Chartwell Rose

Family Names in FF Chartwell Lines

Carolina de Bartolo Talks Type at swissnex

Thursday evening several members of the FontShop San Francisco office attended a reception and talk at swissnex presented by design author and educator Carolina de Bartolo.

Carolina’s talk ‘To Explore = To Love’ toured the inspirations behind the typographic compositions in her book, Explorations in Typography. Through quotes and insights gained along the way, she guided us through her own exploratory process and encouraged those present to set up an area of typographic focus and find its limits.

The event was set among the exhibit Types We Can Make, a showing of the work of contemporary and classic Swiss type and typographic designers, like Adrian Frutiger and b+p.

Carolina stressed that exploration need not begin on the fringes of already-known work. The curious typographer can learn something from previously well-explored territory if she or he makes a point of it. It may be that a designer starts from the same place as another, or that two designers start from two very different places and end at a very similar result. “Start anywhere,” she added, noting that the destination and process of arriving to it are key.

A famous spread from the Nuremberg Chronicle composed by incunabula printing master Anton Koberger, an iPod.

The evening ended on much of the same note as it began. To explore means to get one’s own experience, and while this process can be cheered and directed, it isn’t taught by lecture. I think Carolina knows this limit well, which causes her to conclude as I do, that when we go out exploring the typographic expanse on our own, there’s no better explanation for it than love.