Our latest pick of new typography includes a digital version of Milton Glaser’s Stencil typeface by Rick Banks, a project to document Leicester Print Workshop’s letterpress collection, new releases from Robert Holmkvist, Colophon and Stefan Kjartansson and a new online type foundry selling work by students at Lausanne’s University of Art and Design.
Rick Banks – F37 Glaser Stencil
Face37 founder Rick Banks has created a digital version of the lighter weights of Milton Glaser’s beautiful Stencil typeface, originally featured on a poster for Carnegie Hall in 1967 (shown below).
“Ever since I got into design, I’ve loved the typeface – the bold weights have been used quite a lot over the years [including recently in Thonik’s identity for Holland Festival] and I always wondered why no one had done a lighter weight. I sent Milton an email, and he said he’d be happy for me to digitise it,” explains Banks.
To create the typeface, Banks worked from a scan of a specimen sheet and Glaser’s poster. He also designed a series of alternative characters for each weight, based on Glaser’s hand-drawn sketches. It’s available in four weights, extra light, light, medium, and demi, at hypefortype.com
The Modern Game
Following the launch of his brilliant Football Type book in 2013 (featured in CR’s October issue), Banks has also teamed up with Wolff Olins design director Dan Greene to launch a new website, The Modern Game, covering football related creative projects. With articles on team fonts, photography series, graphics and interiors, it’s an interesting read for any football design enthusiast…
The Modern Game logo, by Rick Banks, apparently depicting a goalkeeper in goal and a leg kicking a football
Stefan Kjartansson – Cinderblock
Cinderblock is a new typeface from Icelandic designer Stefan Kjartansson, creator of the brilliantly named slab serif Black Slabbath, designed to achieve “maximum coverage of any given surface” by using ultra-thin spacing and extreme contrast between positive and negative space. The stackable typeface is available in eight heights, each 25% taller than the last, and you can view samples of each one and a trailer at a handsome new microsite promoting its release.
Robert Holmkvist – Decade
Type designer and Essen design director Robert Holmkvist’s bold new typeface Decade draws on the work of Wim Crouwel and Ken Garland, and is described as “an exercise in modularity and grid-based type design”. It comes in three styles – Linear, Circular and Curve – and you can view samples at holmkvist.cc
Leicester Print Workshop – An Inventory of Type
Letterpress apprentice Saria Digregorio has spent over a year cataloguing Leicester Print Workshop‘s collection of wood type, which includes over 60 different typefaces and was previously lying unused (and undocumented) around the building.
She has now launched an online archive featuring photographs of characters arranged to form type-related words, and an exhibition featuring handmade letterpress prints, on display at the Workshop’s Print Room until June 19.
The collection will be available for people to use at LPW’s letterpress courses, and Digregorio says she is also planning to work with type designers and 3D printers to create missing characters in incomplete alphabets (a difficult challenge, given that any new ones will lack the subtle imperfections of original pieces).
You can hear how Digregorio went about archiving the collection at a talk on June 2 – tickets are £5 and you can book places here.
Ecal-typefaces.ch is a new online type foundry from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, selling designs created by its BA graphic design and MA art direction students. The site was created in collaboration with Swiss Typefaces, made up of ECAL alumni Ian Party, Maxime Büchi and Emmanuel Rey, and includes some nice added touches, such as a sliding scale to view fonts at large and small sizes on the homepages. It’s a great idea and nice to see the student’s work being promoted to a broader audience online.
Ladislav Sutnar – Visual Design in Action
Last year, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth held a successful Kickstarter campaign to republish NYC Transit Authority’s Graphic Standards Manual, raising over $800,000 on the site. Now, Designers & Books is looking to raise funds to republish another modern design classic – Ladislav Stunar’s Visual Design in Action. First published in 1961, the book is still a visual treat and has so far raised over $86,000 ($8,000 over its target). There’s still 27 days to go, and you can back the project to receive a copy here.
Colophon – Basis Grotesque
We end with a lovely new typeface from Colophon, Basis Grotesque. Originally drawn in a regular weight for photography magazine Hotshoe, it has now been expanded in a 16-style family, with weights ranging from light to black. Colophon has been working on the release for almost three years, and says it was initially inspired by Akzidenz and early Monotype Grotesques, which were “ultimately eschewed-but-honoured to create something slightly more behaved and shapely.”
Download a sample or buy it at colophon-foundry.org