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New Fonts, December 2011

Getting back after the holidays, the previous year has left us with one small task, that of wrapping up December’s New Fonts. Let’s get a closer look at a few of them.

FF Ernestine by Nina Stössinger, published by FontFont

FF Ernestine is sturdy and sophisticated. Its italic inclines at a modest ~3½ degrees. Hrant Papazian designed its Armenian characters.

Filmotype Gem by Mark Simonson, published by Filmotype

Next, Filmotype Gem, the heaviest of the Filmotype ‘G’ Series. Gem takes us back to a time when letters were hand painted with care, or when type hand-set from film was done to similar effect.

Major Update: FF Quadraat by Fred Smeijers, published by FontFont

Twenty years after its initial release, FF Quadraat has undergone a sweeping redesign, update, and extension to its language support. Pro versions include glyph support for Cyrillic-based languages, and should you need a versatile companion sans in additional widths and weights, there’s that too.

Staff Picks: June ’11

Summer is almost here and instead of hitting the books and taking exams, our staff  studied the gems in the FontShop archives to find this month’s Staff Picks. Here’s a sampling of our June selections:

Refrigerator Deluxe

Aaron’s June pick is Refrigerator Deluxe by Mark Simonson. The beginnings of this design date all the way back to 1988, inspired by vague memories of block-style lettering from Mark’s youth. As time went on, additional styles and alternate glyphs were added, leading to its Deluxe release in 2008. While the basic block-style lettering remains by default, Refrigerator Deluxe can transform into a stylized Art Deco face, both with squared and open shapes, with the flick of an OpenType feature. This User Guide gives a great overview of the available glyphs and features, and how to access them in various applications.

Download Refrigerator PDF Specimen (152 KB) and User Guide (41 KB).

FF Sanuk

One of my own picks for this month, Xavier Dupré‘s FF Sanuk is deceptively buoyant: its squared veneer gives way to a calligraphic flare. Take the lowercase ‘k’, for example — the foot tails off in a friendly way that you might not expect upon first glance. FF Sanuk has perfect form and character for the web, and was recently released as a Web FontFont.

Download FF Sanuk PDF Specimen (545 KB).

Blockhead Alphabet

Theresa chose a blast from the past: Blockhead Alphabet, a classic display face from John Hersey and Emigre. One of my earliest lettering memories as a child is the pride and sense of accomplishment I felt when I discovered how to make letters look three-dimensional. (Of course, this meant that every time a class project required a poster or some other visualization, I had an extra task.) Blockhead Alphabet is reminiscent of that childhood discovery, right down to the details of imperfection.