Headline Heads Up – No. 19

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.

Salt and Foam

Foundry : Anna Karatcheva
Designer(s) : Anna Karatcheva
Cost: FREE

Salt & Foam Font by Anna Karatcheva - Alphabet Example, Wavy Unicase Surfing Typeface

Inspired by the designer’s first time surfing, Salt and Foam is a great tribute to the ocean and waves. Shown above is Foam – with Salt being a straight-lined version of the same shapes. It captures the essence of water so perfectly that it would make a great headline font for any beach themed party, surf shop, or tiki bar. It’s fun, laid back, coastal cool.



Foundry : Mika Melvas
Designer(s) : Mika Melvas
Cost: $35

Saline Typeface by Uppertype - Alphabet Example, Angular Nautical Brush Script

Next up is another nautical inspired typeface by the name of Saline. It’s an angular, slightly upright script that bounces along. All the corners give it tons of personality. It would make a great starting point for an identity or logo component. The nautical theme is reinforced with a set of Opentype ornaments that can be used as icons, borders, or patterns.



Designer(s) : Pedro Lobo
Cost: €25

Yorker - Animated Buildup, Image credit Uppertype http://uppertype.net/fonts/yorker.htm

I couldn’t come up with a better image than what Pedro Lobo already created to advertise his Yorker typeface. The animated .gif showing the layers build up is all his doing. He has built a six style layering system of an old school, collegiate block typeface. There’s the solid base, the outline, the 3D shadow, the outer shadow, the inner shadow, and finally the hatching stripes. I wish I could remember how to do permutations because that is a lot of combinations for building up a headline. The basic shapes are a solid base for the star of this typeface – all the choices. You can make a ton of different display pieces with all these styles so get to designing.


State Rough Stencil

Foundry : Device Fonts
Designer(s) : Rian Hughes
Cost: $39

State Rough Stencil by Rian Hughes - Alphabet Example, Textured Futurist Geometric Typeface

Straight-up retro cool is the best way I can think to describe State Rough Stencil by Rian Hughes. It has great stencil shapes, and I’m always a sucker for textured type. The fun thing about something so futurist is you can give it a modern twist or just indulge and go overboard with the 80s throwback feel. You know you’ve seen an album cover, concert poster, hell maybe even a high-top sneaker ad with something like this. It’s cool and anybody that says otherwise is lying.


Final Men­tions & Inspiration


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