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This is a cool variable font with a stretch axis. Seen quite often in Arabic, this has a quirky result when applied to Latin. But Okaso pulls it off. The specimen is a stack of type testers in simple colour palettes. But it really shows off the type's best features.

Published on 22 Oct 2020

League Gothic

This specimen for League Gothic starts off looking like a Medium article. But then you realise that the title is a type tester (although just editable text with no controls). Scrolling down reveals a detailed – but notably not uniformly spaced – glyph set before getting to the detailed licensing information.

Published on 21 Oct 2020

Boogy Brut

A lengthy and detailed specimen for Boogy Brut. A sort of waterfall meets type testers opens proceedings, but it's the illustrations and example designs further down the page that capture the imagination and possibilities.

Published on 21 Oct 2020
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