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Old 02-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Type design awards 2009

The Type Directors Club has announced the winners of this year’s design competition. Lots of familiar names, some new ones.

I am especially struck by Alejandro Paul’s Adios Script. Not exactly for every day applications, but very expressive.

Any Mark Jamra’s Expo Serif, a good advertising text design with swashes and an interesting italics.

Gingko, by by Alex Rütten, appears to work well at text sizes (as far as one can tell from a screen view), and has good personality at display sizes. Not sure I like the bold at larger sizes (the lozenge-shapes in the r and some other characters don’t appeal to me), but overall a nice design.

Definitely a few useful fonts this year.

   
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kt: I am especially struck by Alejandro Paul’s Adios Script. Not exactly for every day applications, but very expressive.
Yes...very nice...


>>Gingko, by by Alex Rütten

I liked this one too and I also liked "Montague Script" (Stephen Rapp)--I'm a sucker for script fonts...'-}}--and Alda (Burton Hasebe)...

But! what pray tell is "Optica Normal" (Manuel Guerrero)???!!! Do you think their sample is corrupted? There are no letters. Am I missing something?

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But! what pray tell is "Optica Normal" (Manuel Guerrero)???!!! Do you think their sample is corrupted? There are no letters. Am I missing something?
Not quite sure myself.

There are some comments:

   
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They didn't help...'-}}

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Maybe it isn’t intended for you (or me). At least not for type. But it might make a lovely pattern for drapery.

   
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But! what pray tell is "Optica Normal" (Manuel Guerrero)???!!! Do you think their sample is corrupted? There are no letters. Am I missing something?

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I didn't get this at first, either. The letters did not emerge for me until I made a conscious effort to focus on the lines rather than the intersections. Then I noticed that the diagonals going from northeast to southwest form the letters. The diagonals going from northwest to southeast are the background. Does that help?

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Nice... my favorite in this collection is Nebulon: bold and elegant at the same time.

   
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Nice... my favorite in this collection is Nebulon: bold and elegant at the same time.
It had better be used huge — too many of the characters are ambiguous otherwise. The y kind of annoys me in the light or regular weight, but it’s not too bad in heavy, as in xylon. And I hate that X has a crossbar.

It appears to work best in particular words. So long as those are words you want to set, you’re in good shape with Nebulon. (E.g.: angie looks pretty good and so does Vork, but not inexorable or VENUS.

That is often the case with display faces.

   
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I thought that too but...isn't it supposed to be a font?

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Yes but only in the sense that it confirms my suspicion that it's a "trick"--that there's a technique to viewing--and I can't see the letters...it also gives me a headache...'-}}

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