This week in type: free is sweet and elegant

This last week was really strange. I’ve been reading/writing about online communities, and typography has been left out of my attention span. Nevertheless, I’ve been opening typography related tabs on my Firefox, and different subjects kept popping up and I couldn’t decide on an approach to this week’s post. After browsing the web on my favorite websites, and realizing this past days were filled with interesting stuff, like new typefaces, call for entries, conference videos, etc… No point on delaying this anymore. Here’s the a semi-random selection of this week in type!

Procyon, by Barry Schwartz @ The League

The League of Moavable Type keeps on listing great [free] fonts. Procyon by Barry Schwartz is one of the latest. Download and test. Simply great.

Raleway, by Matt McInerney @ The League

Still promoting The League of Moveable Type, they have posted a super elegant typeface. I’m currently downloading (as of writing these lines) Raleway by Matt McInerney and can’t wait to test drive it on some class slides. Who says that free beer can’t be as elegant as designer wine? (Richard Stallman / Beatrice Warde pun intended).

Typo Berlin videos @ Vimeo

This is such a great post that I couldn’t wait to post this before, but here it is again — Yves Peter post on the Typo Berlin videos @ Vimeo:

ATypI call for entries @ Le Typographe

On the topic of Typography conferences, I’ll be submitting an entry to this year’s ATYpI conference again. Hope this time they’ll accept my communication. For all that’s worth, here’s the call for entries. Participate, share, design…

ATypI 2010 welcomes investigations into the materiality of the word in any of its myriad forms: aural, oral, digital, concrete, architectural, environmental, printed and written. [...] A submission must contain a title and an abstract of the proposed presentation (400 words maximum), and a speaker’s biography (100 words maximum).

Via Le Typographe.

Typodiarium call for entries @ FontFeed

Another call for entries I’ve seen is this one — Typodiarium. Published also on other sites, but since I’m promoting FontFeed, here’s the call for entries. I’m currently challenging a couple of friends of mine to participate. Let’s see…

Helvetica poster @ Swiss Legacy

Feeling like traveling to Barcelona? Be sure to catch the Helvetica exhibition:

The exhibition, “Helvetica. A New Typeface?”, organised and produced by DHUB in collaboration with the Fundació Comunicació Gràfica (FGC), spotlights the typeface created by the Swiss typographer, Max Miedinger, in 1957.

The exhibition includes a timeline of Helvetica’s consolidation over the last fifty years with a view to understanding its role in the history of design, as well as its antecedents and its subsequent influence.

HelveticaA quick jump from Porto, where I live is just ~4hrs / ~60€.  Typophiles from Europe don´t have an excuse! I don’t think I’ve ever posted this before (at least here), but if you haven’t done so, grab a copy of Gary Huswitt’s Helvetica the movie and get inspired to travel.

And now for something completely different…

Letter "F", from "Effing" typeface

Here’s a bit of type porn… “Effing” typeface:

Fan Letter:Twenty-six local, national, and internationally-based designers and artists
give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character.
We chose the letter “F” Art Direction FWIS

I think my favourite is the letter “P”… ;). Via Quipsologies.

Mr. Eaves Cupcakes @ For the love of Type

To end this week’s post, something sweet… after Helvetica Cookie Cutters, here comes Mr. Eaves XL Cupcakes

One thought on “This week in type: free is sweet and elegant

  1. infomantic

    I recently used Prociono for an college arts magazine I edit. It’s a lovely little font and the magazine’s been getting good praise, some specifically for the font.

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