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screenshot of Recent Grotesk

Recent Grotesk

Good looking new Grotesk from Process. The specimen is a stack of svg words and numerals, with an option to use a really good type tester. An interesting addition in the type tester is the option to swap out the default text with some other options.

Published on 17 Sep 2020
screenshot of Diatype

Diatype

There's a lot to like about this bold specimen for Diatype. A mix of photography and bright user interface makes for an exciting specimen. Bravely building on existing interface conventions, it includes many subtle animations and transitions. To see what I mean, check out the glyph table.

Published on 16 Sep 2020
screenshot of Wallop

Wallop

Taking a 'page-based' approach to this specimen, Wallop includes many stacked carousels of SVG graphics. Light on the use of web fonts, the specimen concludes with a comprehensive type tester allowing the user to toggle stylistic sets and other OpenType features.

Published on 16 Sep 2020
screenshot of Schijn

Schijn

A 'specimen of a glittering multifaceted gemstone font', the specimen is stacked images of example settings and contextual designs. What is notable is the striking colourways, and illustrations outlining this unique typeface's features.

Published on 15 Sep 2020
screenshot of Universal Sans

Universal Sans

This is a bit special. Part specimen, part font-building tool kit, part education. The specimen for Universal Sans walks the user through the creation of a variant of Universal Sans based on a user's preferences of weight, terminals, alternates, numerals etc. Then, the user is provided with options to buy the version they just specified.

Published on 14 Sep 2020
screenshot of Pacaembú ⚽️

Pacaembú ⚽️

Opening with a full screen type tester, Pacaembú provides the most important tools to the user up front and centre. But the really interesting parts of this specimen follow it. So much interesting design - animations, illustrations, example and example of Pacaembú in use. Fantastic, bold design.

Published on 12 Sep 2020
screenshot of Heymland

Heymland

Big, bold glyphs coupled with stark black and white illustrations, the specimen for Heymland features many vertically stacked specimen glyphs.

Published on 10 Sep 2020
screenshot of Spektra

Spektra

An interesting variable italic on type.today. The specimen for Spektra follows the same minimal design as all of type.today's specimens, but don't let that fool you into thinking they aren't effective. Simple, paired back type testers give the user exactly what they need to evaluate the typeface.

Published on 09 Sep 2020
screenshot of Duo Pro

Duo Pro

A script with three different styles, the specimen for Duo Pro aims to show these off in simple two tone illustrations as much as possible. Organised as a micro site, rather than the conventional single page, the specimen nicely demonstrates the features of the font.

Published on 09 Sep 2020
screenshot of Kachi Buwa

Kachi Buwa

This is an interesting specimen. A single type tester demonstrating a variable Japanese font on two axis: contrast, and between 'kiki' and 'bouba'. All visualised through some appropriate mouse-jacking.

Published on 09 Sep 2020
screenshot of ECAL Typefaces

ECAL Typefaces

A single page of stacked type testers with tiny controls. The standout feature of these are the tiny rosettes positioned over typeface features. For example, an 'a' rosette toggles between an alternate lower case a. Nifty.

Published on 09 Sep 2020
screenshot of Fraunces

Fraunces

The opening screen for this specimen for Fraunes is loads of fun (I'll leave it to you to experiment and find out for yourself!). Many stacked components outlining and demonstrating features sit either side of a long form article outlingin the design. One stand out component is the comparison between optical sizing and without. Very smart.

Published on 08 Sep 2020