FontArk is a new browser-based font editor and creation tool, still in Beta, featuring a versatile real-time multiple glyph editing system.
You can start a new typeface design from scratch or chose one of FontArk font editor’s growing structural ready made templates, to save time and start tweaking the template to get the desired look. Go have a try, it’s only free for a limited time.
Drawing characters with Fontark font editor is as easy as can be. Built over a fluid grid (the Matrix), a sophisticates glyphs synchronization system (The SX system) and an automatic Outline generator all you have to do in order to create your font is draw the center line (Skeleton) of the characters, all the rest can and will be tweaked easily later on. Never struggle to create grids, parallel outline curves and be bothered with the right thickness of the font.
Here is another video that introduces you to the process:
FontArk users create fonts for their own use and have full creative rights on their creation. FontArk published several fonts for free at Free Fonts For All.
Designed by Joe White, Contraband Playing Cards were inspired by secret societies, conspiracy theories, and everything unknown. Laced with gold, structured around custom typography, these playing cards use an art deco approach to create a one of a kind design. With intricate details, this deck is shielded in gold and black foil.
If playing with real cards is not your thing, or if you are getting a hard time finding players to join you at the table, you can go ahead and try a virtual game table like Netbet Online Casino, for a blackjack or poker game.
If you happen to be in New York on July 16, don’t miss a great evening with Type Nite NYC at the Strand. Featuring Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, Tobias Frere-Jones, and Peter Mendelsund talking about mess-ups and do-overs in typography. If you are not in New York (like unfortunately it’s my case), you can tune in to the live stream or participate in the Q&A via Twitter.
Muriza is a collaborative slab serif type family with decent character and distinctive curves. The typeface started as a student project in 2011, has been revised extensively, and now is published by Jürgen Schwarz and Jakob Runge. A total of eighteen styles enable various applications, reinforced with several OpenType layout features. The main focus in development was a balanced design and a harmonious text feeling.
As an economic slab serif Muriza values harmonious shapes and well working normalcy. All nine weights—such as the uniform, angular serifs—follow a geometric conception. Smooth shapes and partly curved spurs are complementing the clear rhythm.
Influenced by straight appearance and slightly condensed shapes Muriza is ideal for display usage, especially the two extremes: the filigrane hairline and the sturdy black weight. An important feature of Muriza is its range. Each weight provides small caps and matching italics. These are coming with lively spurs, but o the whole the italic stick to the conventional and balanced characteristic style of the upright.
As a student project the first drafts were born in 2011. In 2014 after a thorough revision and huge character extension Muriza is published by Jürgen Schwarz and Jakob Runge.
The extended Latin character set of 833 glyphs—respectively 636 in italics—supports most Latin-based scripts and also offers certain stylistic alternates for typographic variety.
In addition to linging, oldstyle and tabular figures the typeface includes fractions, currency symbols, icons and matching arrows.
Patron, a sans serif influenced by type designers Günther Gerhard Lange and Roger Excoffon. Patron has been developed
by uniting their contradictory approaches to create an expressive, yet versatile grotesk.
As a result, Patron is characterised by a generous x-height, distinctive stroke endings and an unconventional shift in balance, inspired by Excoffon — and a precise, consequent and modern interpretation of which Lange was most famous for.
Patron was designed by Timo Gaessner from 2011 to 2014 and comes in twelve styles in total (six weights with corresponding italics). Each style comprises an extended Latin character set as well as a comprehensive set of OpenType features.
Signo is a dynamic sans serif with reverse contrast, designed for editorial and branding. The unusual stress angle for a sans-serif typeface, shifts the weight from the vertical strokes to the horizontal strokes, with a calligraphic modulation, attributes that favor the continuity of the letters in lines of text. Its tall x-height and open counters, work well in small sizes, making Signo a versatile yet charismatic typeface across weights, from caption size to headlines. The cursive italics are a good complement to the roman fonts and will add variety and warmth to the page. The Signo family comes in six weights, from Thin to Bold, and includes two weights for text: the Book and the Regular.
Maan Agsalud wrote us with a wonderful project: TYPE KITA, the first-ever typography exhibit in the Philippines, in Manila. TYPE KITA means “You’re my type” in English.
It’ll be held on March 15 & 16, 2014, and will feature artists, letterers, penmans and other type-lovers to exhibit their own typographic pieces and installations. The two-day event will be open to anyone who shares the same passion for typography. Actually, the event itself is a fund-raising effort for the continued rehabilitation of the areas hit by Haiyan typhoon. Proceeds from the sold art/typographic pieces will be donated for the cause.
Leo Burnett has created a type for Lisbon by looking at the sky, and it’s pretty cool.
You can download it at the website.
The trams are part of Lisbon’s landscape and become an icon of the city. In addition to painting the street yellow, they also scratch the capital’s blue sky with their wires.
From the complex mesh made by them, emerged the idea of creating a typography, whose trace is formed by the wires’s random mating.
Thus, the LX Type becomes Lisbon’s official type.
The LX type website has a nice feature that lets you type anything and discover lots of interesting places in Lisbon, where you can get… by tram.