Headline Heads Up — No. 3

One Tues­day every month, I’m going to round up a cou­ple (maybe a few) awe­some dis­play type­faces to show­case and give a lit­tle break­down on each one. If you have a sug­ges­tion you want me to take a look at, drop me a line. Let’s jump straight into some head­line goodness.

So, I sat down to round up some good dis­play faces today and sit­ting in my email was the lat­est Ris­ing Stars from MyFonts. It’s like most of my work — at least the search­ing — was done for me. So that gave me a good start­ing point, and I just wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Delight Script

Foundry : Sudti­pos
Designer(s) : Angel Koz­i­upa, Ale­jan­dro Paul
Cost: $59 USD

Delight Script by Sudtipos - Alphabet

Any con­ver­sa­tion about script type­faces must include the Sudti­pos foundry of Buenos Aires, Argentina and they con­tinue that con­ver­sa­tion with Delight Script. Super fun, with plenty of quirk — take a look at the cap­i­tal “F” and “L” — it has the spe­cial Open­Type touches of sev­eral styl­is­tic alter­nate char­ac­ters that makes Sudti­pos stand out.

The script is bouncy and has the awe­some fea­ture of mim­ic­k­ing a sign-painter’s need to reload the brush with ink by hav­ing some let­ters break the con­nect­ing flow of let­ters. Notice below the three dis­tinct parts of “A” “mer” “ican” as an exam­ple. This def­i­nitely can pull off a vin­tage look if that’s what you need, but also sug­gests a con­tem­po­rary sweet tooth for candy pack­ag­ing. Get you copy today!

Delight Script by Sudtipos - All American Diner in 50s Teal Blue

Delight Script by Sudtipos - Perfect Curves Vintage Photograph

 

Skitch

Foundry : Yel­low Design Studio
Designer(s) : Ryan Martinson
Cost: $20 USD

Skitch Typeface from Yellow Design Studio - Outline, Fill, and Solid

Now this is a ver­sa­tile font. I seem to love the fonts designed to be over­laid and setup for multi-color use. Skitch has a solid ver­sion but where it looks real nice is when the open and fill styles come together with the slight off­set. All three are shown together in the sam­ple above. Com­ing from its hand drawn ori­gins, the rough edges and uneven­ness give it a very nat­ural qual­ity. This also holds it back at smaller sizes as things get a bit jumpy and the details dis­turb the flow of reading.

Other fea­tures that make it a great head­line type include some nifty lig­a­tures of the ball ter­mi­nals, about 100 extra beyond “fi” and “fl” includ­ing those shown below — “ra” “ch” “es”. Another awe­some fea­ture — an entire sec­ond set of upper­case, low­er­case, and numer­als with slightly dif­fer­ent con­tours under an Open­Type styl­is­tic alter­nate option. This can increase the hand drawn qual­ity by intro­duc­ing vari­a­tion among letterforms.

And finally to round out the awe­some good­ness of Skitch — there are a set of Bor­der Fonts and Orna­ment Fonts fol­low­ing the same solid, out­line, and fill setup. Those can go a long way in help­ing set great look­ing head­lines. Plus, check out those awe­some amper­sands and asterisks!

Skitch by Yellow Design Studio - All Natural Peaches

Skitch Typeface by Yellow Design Studio - Quiet with Ampersand and Asterisk

Skitch Ornaments - Pointers, Snowflakes, and an Awesome Ampersand

HVD Steinzeit

Foundry : HVD Fonts
Designer(s) : Hannes von Döhren
Cost: FREE

HVD Steinzeit Alphabet

Let’s keep with the hand drawn, multi-layered theme but in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent style. These rough block let­ters are crude cut-outs with a ran­som let­ter look. It’d be per­fect for band posters or a kids book — those are two really dif­fer­ent things which is why I think this type­face is a good choice to have in the tool­box. There aren’t any fancy Open­Type fea­tures like lig­a­tures or alter­nates, but there’s a full set of punc­tu­a­tion and accented char­ac­ters so that’s not hold­ing it back. Take a look and see what you can do with it!

HVD Steinzeit - Hipster Folksy Cool Music Poster

HVD Steinzeit for Children's Illustrations

The above illus­tra­tion is copy­right Feodor Rojankovsky — 1956 Calde­cott Win­ner — and was orig­i­nally pub­lished in John Langstaff’s ‘Frog Went A-Courtin’!

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