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.
Foundry : Latinotype
Designer(s) : Daniel Hernández, Paula Nazal Selaive
Cost: $5 – $20
Layers. Rough edges. Sans. Slab. Inline. Ornaments. This typeface super group has tons of styles to help build typographic masterpieces. It absolutely captures the handmade, hipster vibe that is popular and trending now. In addition to the hatched drop shadow layer shown above, there is also a solid drop shadow. You really just need to go check out all the components to see the crazy amount of possibilities you can build with these fonts.
Foundry : Decade Typefoundry
Designer(s) : Gilang Purnama Jaya
In the middle this month, is a creative blackletter with decorative details. Basingstoke is inspired by 19th century newspaper mastheads but would work equally well as the logo for a death metal screamo band. The uppercase letters would also make great bases for building drop capital illustrations.
Foundry : Gaslight
Designer(s) : Roman Shchyukin
Last on this month’s list is Delgado by Gaslight. This tall, thin serif has delicate drop terminals. All together that creates a light, airy, elegant look. The towering proportions give it a contemporary approach to the traditional form. You could set a small length of body copy with Delgado but the long term readability isn’t there because of the proportions. It really shines in a headline or title role.
Final Mentions & Inspiration
- VTG Oaf by Ray Fenwick — Hand painted, roller brush type
- Mikado by Hannes von Döhren — Casual, plump sans-serif
- Windows 8 Design Handbook – important aspects of the Windows 8 design language (via Sidebar)
- The New Yorker Strongbox – anonymous email and file drop off (via The Verge)
- You’re Officially Awesome – yes you.