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25% off Kade, Lavigne, and Winco from ReType

ReType’s July promotion of Kade, Lavigne Text & Display, and Winco now give you no reason not to take a closer look at these finely crafted faces. Just to focus on one of them, here is Ramiro Espinoza’s Winco, an incised or glyphic type style, characterized by the subtle flare of its stems. Winco functions well as a text face in its regular weights and excels at display work in its more extreme weights.

Winco Complete / OT / Web

Also don’t miss:

Lavigne Text / OT / Web
Lavigne Display / OT / Web

Kade / OT / Web

The 25% off promotional price continues through July.

Tour de France Stages in FF Chartwell Rose

FF Chartwell Rose gives you a unique way of grouping data visually. You’ll notice that while sized differently, the rose ‘petals’ are all of equal width, which makes them ideal for demonstrating values that differ in one dimension, but remain the same in another. In this case I show 20 stages of differing lengths in the Tour de France. The stages progress one per day, and I’ve made two rose charts with 10 stages per chart.

Making the charts was really simple. I just took a list of stage lengths, normalized the values to percentages of their ceiling, and put plus signs between the resulting integers. (The values need to be between 0 and 100.) Once set in FF Chartwell Rose, I enabled ‘Set 1’ in the Stylistic Sets menu within the OpenType panel, and chose some shades of gray to represent each stage. There’s a screenshot of this panel in action in the previous FF Chartwell post.

I could have put all 20 stages into a single chart, (the maximum is 30 values per rose chart) but I opted to simplify a bit. Here’s what you get when you put all 20 in one.

The FF Chartwell series on making charts out of type continues on Monday.

TypeTogether’s Tablet Gothic

Tablet Gothic from Veronika Burian and José Scaglione of TypeTogether makes brilliant harmony of two disparate grotesque models in a healthy number of widths and weights. First created for setting titles in periodicals, the project grew to handle text setting quite well, with a comfortably loose fit in the regular weights.

The overall tone stays friendly throughout, helped by the face’s active, vibrant curves and casually closed forms.

When working in more traditional titling weights, the spacing eases into a more snug fit. Tablet Gothic comes in six widths: Compressed, Condensed, SemiCondensed, Narrow, Regular, and Wide. And each width comes in seven weights ranging from Thin to Heavy.

Get the whole family or buy only the weights you need. You can also try Tablet Gothic using the FontShop plugin in Photoshop or Illustrator, and download Tablet Gothic Semi Condensed Extra Bold free from

The Planets in FF Chartwell Rings

FF Chartwell Rings is useful for comparing percentages of completion of a task, particularly cyclical tasks like laps around a track. My inspiration for today’s look into FF Chartwell’s ring charts was similar—planetary revolutions around the sun. Looking ‘up’ at our solar system from along our sun’s polar axis, this chart shows the planets’ relationship to the sun and to one another as they are now.

Jupiter clearly appears to be in the lead, except of course that the gravitational pull on planets nearer the sun causes their revolutions to be ten or more times that of the more distant planets.

To create the chart, I started with eight values separated by plus signs. FF Chartwell Rings accepts integer values between 0 and 100. To make the text into rings, I just enabled ‘Set 1’ in the stylistic sets menu of the OpenType panel. I chose some colors and then overlaid the chart with a copy of itself using a slightly more muted palette. Last, I reduced the values of the overlaying chart by 1, so the brighter colors could show through, and I stuck on some labels.

And here’s another view as seen from (roughly) Polaris, looking ‘down’ on our solar system. The chart is perhaps a bit misleading, since from this vantage point the planets orbit counter-clockwise. ‘Where’s Pluto,’ you ask? Sorry. Stars and planets only. You should make your own.

Have you got a fever, and the only cure is more Chartwell? You’re in luck. Today’s post is the fourth of a seven-part series, so there’s plenty to go back and read, and a new one comes out here on Monday.

Monogramma from Wiescher

Gert Wiescher’s new Monogramma is a set of 14 fonts made for creating entwined monogram initials. Monogramma Base displays these stately Roman forms plainly, without any overlay. The rest of the 13 fonts double to cover every possible two-letter combination. For example, in Monogramma GH covers all the ‘G’s and ‘H’s. Type ‘A’ and you get ‘GA’, ‘B’ gives you ‘GB’. In the lowercase, ‘c’ returns ‘HC’, ‘d’ becomes ‘HD’. No features you have to enable—it’s made to work all from the font selection menu and with a little know-how.

Lastly, the question of where to put these interlocking forms; Some have suggested the usual places—on the bath towels, the handbag, the pocketknife. Perhaps cut into the stepping stones in the garden or at the bottom left corner of the blank invitation cards. I’m sure you’ll come up with something.

Superfamilies in FF Chartwell Bars

One of the things FF Chartwell Bars does well is it shows how individual contributions add to the whole. This turned out to be a perfect way of showing the numbers involved in superfamilies, and how they added up. To start, I chose two superfamilies to visualize, Novel from Atlas Font Foundry, and FF Meta from FontFont of course, and used bars of differing length to represent individual fonts in each superfamily as they fit into a particular style or classification. You’ll have to excuse the colors, as similarly colored bars hold no relationship from one line to the next. (Maybe that would be an interesting dimension to work with.)


FF Meta

Rather than representing values as percentages, FF Chartwell Bars stacks values up to 1000, leaving plenty of room for me to use actual values. Just to make them easier to see, I multiplied all values by ten.

Novel is 54 fonts spread across five styles. Additionally, I’ve taken those 54 fonts and added them up in different ways to illustrate a few different dimensions of the superfamily.

Choose some colors (I’ve used more or less the process primaries and secondaries) and you’re done.

By way of reminder, Novel Sans Rounded is half off through the end of the week. You also may have noticed up there, FF Meta has a little-known distressed variant, FF Meta Plus Boiled. It also occurs to me that I had not even mentioned FF Meta’s vowel-free variant, FF Mt, a FontFont exclusive.

The FF Chartwell series continues on Monday. To find out how all this type-to-charts magic works, read the last one, or catch up on all previous editions here on our blog. And hey! How are you using FF Chartwell? Let us know.

Stuart Sandler’s Air Flow and Starliner

With the addition this week of Breaking the Norm, a new label under the Sideshow foundry name, we came across all kinds of new novelty display faces. Taking a closer look at a couple of related ones now, here’s Air Flow and Starliner.

Air Flow calls from memory the sense of wonder surrounding space travel, integrated circuits, and a future of technological advancement. Its rectilinear forms and a top-heavy structure distance the style from the here and now, to some far-off advanced culture.

Starliner follows the lines of the popular chrome script lettering styles seen on cars, refrigerators, radios, and other specially marked items from the fifties and sixties.

See more from Breaking the Norm on their foundry page.

Your Type: Best of 2012 So Far

Happy Summer Solstice! We thought this would be the perfect time to check in with you to see what you’re digging so far this year. Whether its a new font, like Bold Monday’s Trio Grotesk or ReType’s Krul, or a tool like the FontShop Plugin, let us know in the comments what’s come out in 2012 that you love and why.

We’ll include a summary of “user picks” with our next installment of Staff Picks next week.

Radar Charts in FF Chartwell

FF Chartwell Radar comes next in our series on turning type into useful visuals. Radar charts are ideal for quickly comparing strengths and weaknesses between a few comparable entities, in this case, soccer players. Above you see data from Alan Dzagoev, Mario Gómez, and Mario Mandžukić, presently the top scorers in the UEFA Championship.

To create the charts I took six comparable values (that aren’t commonly grouped), converted them to percentages, and put plus signs in between, resulting in these six-pointed polygons. Points that extend the farthest from the origin represent larger values, and the closer points represent smaller values. Since we need percentages, or rather, integers between 0 and 100, there’s a little math involved in coming up with values that make sense visually.

For example, since a soccer player’s height is represented as a percentage, you may be asking, ‘A percentage of what? The height of the tallest player in the league?’ The answer is—just pick a number to serve as your ‘ceiling.’ If the results look depressed, like the third value in the chart here on the left, just bring your ceiling down a bit. But—be sure to keep a consistent ceiling across all the players’ heights. Keeping the values straight was easy to manage by using a spreadsheet. It’s nice that it handles the arithmetic for you too.
Tip: Use your spreadsheet’s INT function to get whole number results.

After getting the data ready, it’s as simple as dropping it into a text box and enabling Set 1 from the Stylistic Sets OpenType menu.

My final step was to set the numbers in some analogous colors and include a grid for some common reference by putting ‘a+’ at the beginning of each string of numbers. Try a–f for differently scaled / filled grids.

That’s it. We’ll continue the FF Chartwell series here next Monday. In the meantime, go get FF Chartwell and come up with some other useful or ideas on how to use it.

Novel Sans Rounded

We’re glad see Christoph Dunst of Atlas Font Foundry getting some recognition for his latest work in the Novel Superfamily! Novel Sans Rounded was recently named by The Next Web’s Harrison Weber as one of ’27 New Typefaces You Need to Know About.’ We’re also glad that because of Atlas Font Foundry’s Novel Sans Rounded promotion, you can get the full 6-weight package at 50% off — through June.

Tall Things in FF Chartwell Vertical Bars

Let’s start the first of our seven-part series on making charts with type—with a closer look at FF Chartwell’s Vertical Bars. Bar charts are best for comparing a few data points along a single axis. In today’s examples we explore the heights of tall things and the depths of profound things.

Tall things

After coming up with a list of values, just do a little long division to get the numbers you need. Here I divide the height of the items by the height of the tallest item. Translate those percentages to integers between 0 and 100 and put plus signs in between, then choose Set 1 from the OpenType Stylistic Sets menu.

Setting the colors can be slightly tricky. One InDesign tip Jens Kutílek shares in his how-to video is to set the colors in the Story editor. This saves you from all the back and forth of enabling and disabling stylistics sets. Because FF Chartwell is type, you can simply track your vertical bars tighter or looser. I’ve left them at their default tracking values here. And it’s that simple to create great looking bar charts.

Profound things

Look for another edition of our FF Chartwell series here next Monday.

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

FF Turmino

FF Turmino by Ole Schäfer

As May draws to a close, we wrap our series on faces from the FontFont Collection Tier. The whole process has been a great chance to look back through some of the early experiments of now-well-known designers, or just to come across great designs that have fallen out of common use. It’s in fact for that reason—because they’re lesser-known—that Collection FontFonts make up some of the highest value-per-dollar families and font sets we offer. Special thanks goes to our intern Kristin Stenzel for contributing her eye to the specimens, including the one below. Take a look back through some of our selections, or to peruse them yourself, visit the FontFont foundry page and pick ‘Collection FontFonts’ inside the Tier filter. And at last, we leave you with Ole Schäfer’s FF Turmino, a semi-condensed sans that grows more compact as you take it up in weight.

FF Kipp

FF Kipp by Claudia Kipp

In or out of register, FF Kipp allows the typographer to add a bit of subtle contrast or visible wear by using any of its four distressed overlay fonts.

FF Brokenscript

FF Brokenscript by Just van Rossum

Contemporary as it is, FF Brokenscript takes its name and construction from a centuries-old gothic blackletter hand. Its strokes, rather than flowing into one another to close the forms stop short, and there remain fractured, or broken.