Canada Type News | July 2014

Font Releases:

-Jingo: This is the digital makeover and major expansion of a one-of-a-kind melting pot experiment done by VGC and released under the name Mardi Gras in the early 1960s. It is an unexpected jambalaya of Art Nouveau, Tuscan, wedge serifs, curlycues, ball endings, wood type spurs and swashes, geometry and ornamental elements that on the surface seem to be completely unrelated. But the totality works in a surprisingly loud and playful way that really defies categorization. Jingo is really five fonts in one: Over 1000 glyphs, four character sets, ornaments, swashes and ligatures. The forms are interchangeable in uppercase, lowercase and unicase settings. There is nothing low-key about this typeface. It is well suited for use on posters and book covers that require happy weirdness. But most of all it's great for those who like to fiddle with their type setting until amazingly conicidental pleasantnesses ensue. If you're that kind of designer and you know what you're doing, get Jingo, start up that glyph palette, and play away. View Jingo

-Zilvertype Pro: Right on the heels of the tremendous popularity wave that made Hollandse Mediaeval the most used Dutch typeface during the Great War years, Sjoerd H. de Roos was asked to design a 15 point type for De Zilverdistel, Jean François van Royen's publishing company. So between 1914 and 1916, de Roos and van Royen collaborated on the typeface eventually known as Zilvertype, and which both parties viewed as an improved version of Hollandse Mediaeveal. Like Hollandse Mediaeval, Zilvertype was based on the Jenson model, but it is simpler, with more traditional metrics, and lighter and more classic in colour. This Pro digital version of Zilvertype comes expanded in all directions. It contains a roman, a bold and an italic. Each font contains over 685 glyphs, including small caps, eight different sets of figures, plenty of ligatures, some Dutch ornaments, and extended language support covering most Latin languages. Zilvertype Initials is also there to round out this distinctively Dutch text family and make it ideal for immersive text design.View Zilvertype Pro

-Filmotype Homer: Our 24th contribution to the ongoing revival of the Filmotype collection is a related sibling of two we've done before: The more condensed Hemlock, and its "italic" Lakeside, both of which quite popular with designers. Just like those two, Homer is a thick spontaneous brush script with casual and immediate appeal. It comes with over 450 glyphs, and is loaded with digital magic: contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, orginals, automatic fractions, four kinds of figures, class-based kerning, and support for a huge range of Latin languages. Long live the upright brush! View Homer (Filmotype)

-Filmotype York: Filmotype York is our 25th contribution to the ongoing digital resurrection of the Filmotype library. This one runs along the lines of standard copperplate penmanship, but with thicker stems, pronounced and sometimes accentuated apertures, soft corners, and an overall rounder appearance. York is a perfect fit for OpenType-aware programs. It comes with over 670 glyphs, boasting a ton of alternates, ending forms, ligatures, five type of figures, and automatic fractions. View York (Filmotype)