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screenshot of Gramatika

Gramatika

A novel design for the specimen for Gramatika, a custom typeface project for V-A-C Foundation. A notable, fantastic addition is the typesetting guide. Unfortunately, it's a PDF. it would be great to turn that content into a valuable microsite, I'm sure.

Published on 27 Nov 2020
screenshot of PolySans

PolySans

The striking thing about this specimen is the overall size of the type. Not just the headings, but ALL the type – from labels of the type testers, to the supporting UI copy.

Published on 27 Nov 2020
screenshot of Halunke Regular

Halunke Regular

Type Today's Tomorrow (!) specimens are great. Thoughtfully designed, leading with a type tester with a couple of controls, and just enough 'type in use' graphics to support the design rationale for the typeface. This specimen for Halunke Regular works well in this format.

Published on 26 Nov 2020
screenshot of Gestures

Gestures

A single typetester punctuated with animations, audio (which was a surprise), and exciting – and unextected – punctuations leading to a a specimen you experience rather than use.

Published on 24 Nov 2020
screenshot of 산돌구름

산돌구름

What struck me about this simple specimen – even though I can't read it – were the informative illustrations, and introductory animation style.

Published on 23 Nov 2020
screenshot of Lift Type

Lift Type

A good looking specimen featured stacked SVG graphic panels with an intermingled type tester. On the face of it, serious stuff, until you notice the running Maradona figure...

Published on 19 Nov 2020
screenshot of Carta Nueva

Carta Nueva

The really interesting part of this specimen is at the end of the page. Long-form descriptions of the font features and design details underpin a really useful format.

Published on 18 Nov 2020
screenshot of Swear

Swear

I really like this specimen format from OH no Type Company. As we increasingly see in digital specimens, there are vertically stacked type testers each set in default weights with varying content lengths. A subtle combination of old and new.

Published on 17 Nov 2020
screenshot of Decibel

Decibel

Decibel is a nod to 19th century British slabs, designed while listening exclusively to American funk music from the 60s and 70s. The specimen displays the type in stacked panels of animated text. Great content, stricking design. As this was part of TypeMedia 2019, you can't actually buy it yet, though.

Published on 16 Nov 2020
screenshot of Big Shoulders

Big Shoulders

A bold and patriotic looking specimen for Big Shoulders, the typeface created by XO Type Co for the Chicago Design System. The nod to a traditional print specimen is handled well, although notable for omissions of digital specimens such as a type tester or list of glyphs.

Published on 12 Nov 2020
screenshot of Space Grotesk

Space Grotesk

A striking and simple one-page specimen for Space Grotesk. Neatly displaying the variable weight axis with mouse-over animations, the specimen shows just opentype features and a comprehensive list of glyphs. No type tester, though, which is a shame.

Published on 06 Nov 2020
screenshot of Mendl

Mendl

The latest release from Dalton Maag does not disappoint. Mendl is a typeface representative of the the Art Deco movement and this feeling is evident across the artwork on the specimen.

Published on 05 Nov 2020