A curious wood type indeed. This type, known as Geometric, was originally introduced previous to 1884 by the Central Type Foundry. Hamilton Manufacturing eventually acquired this design and rereleased it with more weights and widths. But Geometric strangely has qualities of the De Stijl artistic movement. It reminiscent of the alphabets of Theo van Doesberg, drawn almost 30 years later. Who knows, perhaps Theo was inspired by these minimal letters.
Working with as much source material as we could find, we pieced together 6 fonts. We replicated pristine versions of the 4 fonts we knew existed. Then I created 2 Shopworn versions, showing a more rough and warm cut of this face that tries to replicate some of the artifacts of hand-cut wood and the attrition of well used wooden type. Of course I expanded on it to include all the sorts and Central European diacritics you might need.
This project is in the works and slated for a June release from Hamilton Wood Type Foundry
. For making HWT Geometric possible I have to give big thanks to Richard Kegler at P22 type foundry
, Bill & Jim Moran at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum
, and David Shields the foremost Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection
Font Aid VI: Aster Affects
is a collaborative typeface for Hurricane Sandy relief.
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck portions of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States with a vengeance. Sandy was the largest Atlantic “superstorm” on record and is currently ranked as the second costliest Atlantic hurricane, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In response, the Society of Typographic Aficionados
organized Font Aid VI: Aster Affects
— a project uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy. The project theme was represented in a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks and other star-inspired symbols. Over 250 designers from 41 countries contributed glyphs to the project. Typeco's own James Grieshaber has contributed an illustrative asterisk to the support this project.
If you would like to support this relief effort, the Font Aid VI: Aster Affects
font may be purchased for $20US through the SOTA Store
James Grieshaber of Typeco is a last minute addition to the instructors for Crafting Type
's 3-day workshop in Chicago. Crafting Type are concentrated workshops that teach absolute beginners how to create a typeface. Students are ushered through the entire type design process: from sketching secrets to digital drawing techniques to OpenType coding and more.
A team of professional type designers reveals the secrets to crafting typefaces with an approach to teaching that is hands-on, encouraging, interactive—and fun! CT provides all of the necessary software, plus hundreds of fonts to study and play with. No previous experience of type design is required. Students leave with (in addition to some fond memories) new typography skills, new tools for drawing type, and the first key letters of your own type design.
There is still time to register
, or look out for future workshop in a city near you.
Once again Typeco sponsors TypeCon
. TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA
), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts. It is a fun and informative week for those interested in art and craft of typography.
makes 7 fonts on Google Web Fonts
from Typeco. This one was sparked by several letters from an old sports car nameplate. Through development it took on the look of a sign painter's brush script. By the way, all of these fonts on Google are Open Source
, so you can use them freely on your websites or download them for print use.
is Typeco's 6th font for Google web Fonts
. Once again we consciously engineered this font to read well at small sizes on the screen, while infusing a ton of character evident at larger sizes. This serif face borrows liberally from lettering styles of the past while infusing a bit of fantasy.
makes it my 5th font released on Google Web Fonts
. Supermercado is a fun rounded sans condensed, with swash caps. Keeping web display in mind, we designed it to work surprisingly well at fairly small sizes, while it is certainly quite distinctive when set at larges sizes.
font released on Google Web Fonts
. It was inspired by 1950s era connected scripts seen on nameplates of cars and home appliances. In the interest of making it usable on the web at small sizes, it looses the connections but keeps the spirit of these letters to make a highly legible screen font with flair.
will be Typeco's 3rd font on Google Web Fonts
, released through Sorkin Type
. It's a Comic San-ish kinda thing, keeping in mind display on the web. Short Stack is sturdy, and clear but also whimsical and fun.
is my second font on Google Web Fonts
. My first font released in conjunction with Sorkin Type
. Big thanks to Eben Sorkin for all his help.
Black Ops is a low contrast semi geometric typeface inspired by military stencil lettering. Black Ops is heavy, sturdy, and punchy. Reminiscent of my Super Duty
, but way more humanist and useful.