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Out of the Dark's specimens are really unusual. Pretty great, too. The specimen is notable for the very large type, and excellent design-in-use examples. The unusual interface element is the typesetter carousel, moving through different pangram, sentences and settings of the typeface.

Published on 11 Jan 2021

Gimlet X-Ray

An interesting specimen for Gimlet X-Ray. Huge type filling the screen from top to bottom with a few controls to customise the output from variable widths, to stroke colours, and the on-off curve points.

Published on 11 Jan 2021


Panchinko is a lovely mono with a delightful italic. The specimen is a comprehensive, with some introductory type testers before moving into lengthy design notes, features and examples.

Published on 21 Dec 2020


A new typeface from Mark Simonson, Etna is a reinterpretation of a genre of typefaces from the 19th century. The specimen is clever. Featuring three stacked carousels, the overall design is that of switching states of a newspaper layout.

Published on 18 Dec 2020

Tomato Grotesk

This specimen from The Designers Foundry for Tomato Grotesk has a really great type tester and opens with an example showing the whole design space.

Published on 17 Dec 2020

Whirly Birdie

This is a really fun specimen. Whirly Birdie is a display typeface inspired by 1950's American advertising.That aesthetic inspires some excellent illustration style with some feature rich interactive UI elements. The animated icons are particularly interesting.

Published on 13 Dec 2020