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Type Trends Wrap

FF Flightcase

First, some light housekeeping: This is the final scheduled post in the Type Trends series. I’m sad to see it go, but glad for what’s taking its spot. Type Trends won’t go away forever; It’s liable to show up here and there, especially by popular demand. The major trends I feel are covered for now. (The pieces at the bottom of my list that didn’t materialize into posts included type designed and marketed with a very specific use in mind, and type that plays with extreme contrast.) If you were holding out with a better idea I’d love to hear it.

The new series is called Using Type, and it’s a return to the basics. How to use grids and figures and hyphenation and titles and so forth will be the topic at hand, and what I hope to accomplish with it is the creation of a space where all of us can learn something, and contribute something. The new content is presently in production and will drop here Thursdays. Here’s a taste.
Stencil faces

Whether for their forthrightness, ephemeral nature, or some connotation held of speed or strength, stencil faces have plenty to offer the creative typographer. When using stencil faces, select something with an adequate bridge, or gap between positive strokes. The leap of the eye to connect the unjoined parts, and the implied rules of the structure of the stencil is what makes the face fun to look at. Try incorporating a physical process, as that’s what stencils are for. Line bridges up with a the document grid. Experiment with graphic elements of a similar width as one of bridges or islands.

Type Trends: Stencil

Stencils aren’t new. They’ve been around nearly as long as crates and people with not quite enough time to mark them. But what I’m seeing happen with stencils, to my delight, is that the genre is coming into its own. Marking the progress is the rise of stencil faces released as collections, and the development of stencil families independent of any non-stencil counterparts.

Stephan Müller's FF Backstage

The above example, part of the FF Backstage collection demonstrates stencils at work in their native habitat. Stephan Müller’s FF Container, and Cornel Windlin’s FF Water Tower.

Fred Smeijers's PunchoFred Smeijers’s Puncho, part of the Orly Stencil, Puncho, Standing Type pack. I love to see the robust bridges taking a more definitive role in breaking the letterforms and causing the eye to connect what’s left undone.

Great Pairs

Fakt & Typonine Stencil

Encountering Nikola Djurek’s Typonine Stencil was for me, and many others I can only assume, an awakening at what stencil type was capable of conveying; shown here with Thomas Thiemich’s Fakt as part of the Great Pairs series. Its fine details seem antithetical to the normal purposes of the stencil genre. Also note how substantial the bridges are that hold the islands in place.

Pedro Leal's User Stencil

Also a monospace, Pedro Leal’s User Stencil comes in both positive, and reversed Cameo weights.

Paul Barnes's Dala Floda

Paul Barnes's Dala Floda

To finish out, here are a couple we don’t carry; Paul Barnes’s Dala Floda, above, and Nikola Djurek’s Plan Grotesque Stencil below.

Nikola Djurek's Plan Grotesque Stencil

Nikola Djurek's Plan Grotesque Stencil

That’s it for this week; just something to whet the appetite for more stencils in use, here on Thursday.

FF Backstage

FF Backstage by Stephan Müller, Cornel Windlin

FontFonts from the Collection Tier are value-minded font packages, combining cohesive designs from individual families, or multiple faces from multiple designers. FF Backstage is three stencil faces: FF Chernobyl, FF Container, and FF Water Tower.