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Spanish design studio and type foundry atipo has just released a brand new font family, Salomé. The new typeface is especially flexible with an alternate ampersand, optional swashes for R and K, small capitals, and predesigned fractions and superscript for scientific applications. Like the studio's other typefaces, Salomé Regular is available for the price of a Tweet or Facebook post, and the entire family can be purchased on a sliding scale from €5 to €100.

See the booket and some more features on the Salomé site, or see more of atipo's design work online.


  

Among the eight designers awarded the 2013 AIGA Medal are Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, also known as the typography studio Hoefler & Frere-Jones. The vid looks at recent works-in-progress, cruises through H&FJ’s offices and allows the designers to explain how they got into type, why they teamed up, and how they divide up the work making new fonts for new types of content. We found it surprisingly stimulating.

For its latest commission from Wired UK, the Barcelona studio Lo Siento designed a typeface that required a syringe, bubble wrap, and some food coloring. They shaped the letters by individually injecting each tiny bubble with a mixture of water and food coloring using the syringe, and gave the text depth with a green and yellow contrast. According to designboom, Lo Siento wants to manipulate bubble wrap even more for the next lettering project: the plan is to introduce bacteria and other chemicals into the colored liquid so the text will slowly change colors, and in some cases, even start to disintegrate. 

See more from Lo Siento online.





Back in March we wrote about the amazing "Pencil to Pixel" exhibit that was on its way to New York. This week, the exhibit finally arrives in Manhattan, courtesy of the type-giants Monotype

In addition to a few digital installations concerning typography on the web from Typecast, Monotype will be exhibiting printed matter and typography artifacts from the last 100 years or so of printing. The impressive offering includes original sketches and molds from the first run of iconic fonts like Gil Sans and Helvetica. If a century of typographic history seems a little overwhelming, don't fret; free guided tours to the exhibit are available.

"Pencil to Pixel" runs from May 3-9 at the Tribeca Skyline Studio. 

Eric Gill’s 1928 pencil and ink drawings for Gill Sans Italic

The geometric variety Alex Fuller achieves with just two colors and two letters at a time is pretty amazing. His new publication, Book of Two Letter Words, which he says was inspired by his Scrabble champion mother and English major father, abstracts simple words like "It," "No," and "At" by weaving the letterforms together and pitting the primary blue and red colors against one another. The result is elemental and visually striking. If you had any doubt how committed Fuller is to the two-color scheme, note that even the staples are red. 

The book is limited to 250 copies, some of which are available at 5x7





Is it really necessary to reissue the Kama Sutra at all? Used copies aren't exactly hard to find. But perhaps, the opportunity to update the looks of the classic sex manual was just too good to pass up for Penguin Classics. Malika Favre's cover illustration and typography is both erotic, slightly cheeky, and graphically bold.  With art direction from Paul Buckley, the deluxe edition will surely find its way into a many bedside tables.

See more Malika Favre online.

 

 

 

The designers behind Field Notes, the small-run high-quality notebook start-up, often look to the past for design ideas. For their first line of notebooks, they collected dozens of vintage farmers' pocket memo pads and mined them for ideas about typography, colors, and even imagery.

For its latest line, the company dropped the agricultural aesthetic and took design cues from the iconography and classic look of vintage road atlases and travel memo pads. Each notebook comes with 48 "looseleaf blue" lined pages, and is finished with a copper staple on the spine. They appropriately titled the throwback collection "America The Beautiful."

The "America The Beautiful" series is for sale in Field Notes' online shop, where you can also click through an awesome notebook archive.

Sure NASA gets a lot of credit for, you know, landing on the moon, but their achievements in design and typography have been greatly understated. An auction on April 18 will showcase dozens of documents the space program produced, including public materials like booklets for the press and various brochures, but also a few formerly protected documents like a signed copy of the official "mission rules" of the Gemini IV. (via)

Google has just released a brand new font for the Android version of their new note taking-app Keep. The typeface is called "Roboto Slab" and as the name implies, it's a slab serif version of their previous "Roboto" font. We've included images of both for comparison. Although it's a small revision, Creative Bloq thinks it might become the new default font for future versions of Android. If you can't make up your mind about the new slab serif style, you can download it for a test run.

 

 

Andreas Hansen's new iOS game Font Nerd keeps score, but the app is more learning tool than arcade game. The game quizzes players with sentences written in different fonts, and the object is to identify as many typefaces as possible. If a player is stumped, they can see more characters or similar fonts to make an educated guess. Font Nerd's best features are the built-in tools to help you remember the different typefaces you encounter while playing. There's a favorite button to keep a running list of fonts that caught your eye, and if you really like a typeface, there's even an option to make a purchase directly from the app. 

Find Font Nerd on Behance.