Despite there being an infinite abundance of type out there, I always feel like fall back on a certain few typefaces. I go through phases, it’s not always the same handful, but even when I go to look around for something new, I find myself going back to the same fairly popular foundries for that something new. It’s a comfort thing, I’m sure, and I am definitely a creature of habit, but it’s time to break myself (and you) of my go-to foundries. Not completely, of course, but I hardly think they’d be jealous if we shopped around a little. I did some searching and, with the help of some of you on Twitter, compiled a list of five foundries I think are worth giving a try and keeping an eye on in the future.
Inline typefaces have been fairly trendy over the last few years. That added pop in the middle of each character makes for simple but catchy display type so I’m not surprised. The League of Moveable Type’s Ostrich has always been a particular favorite of mine. But Michael Leithner‘s Luminat Sans shows a fresh take on the trend.
The name of this typography display says it all. Uselessness is Gorgeous, or at the very least, what appears to be uselessness is. The 72 by 10 foot tall mural made of cigarette papers, glue and little wind power should really be viewed live but for those of you can’t make it to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris anytime soon, here’s a small clip.
As a bespectacled type nerd, I am going absolutely gaga over Type’s new Garamond and Helvetica inspired glasses. Maybe I am geeking out a little too much but I just love this idea. The best part is that, not only did the Japanese based company create a style of glasses for each typeface, they also have three different weights for each. Cleverly you can buy both the Garamond and Helvetica glasses in light, regular and bold in your choice of black, clear or tortoiseshell. Shade is also available.
Mixing illustrations with vintage typographical concepts, Derrick Castle carves the beauty of traditional drinks in his Classic Cocktails series.
Castle, a graphic designer and illustrator, has worked for some big names like Nike, Under Armour and Harley Davidson to name a few. Living in Nashville, Castle has been exposed to mixology and modern interpretations of classic cocktails through friends in the bartending industry.