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Mercure

Mercure, designed by Charles Mazé, is the result of an inquiry into Latin epigraphy and the typographic forms associated with that discipline. A touch of the experimental mixed with the conventional of digital type specimens. Yes please.

Published on 05 May 2021
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Lausanne

The graphic design of this specimen walks the line between two aesthetics - digital and print - but doesn't quite deliver on either. Which is a shame. With the introduction of a type tester, some clearer description of features and styles, it would be much improved.

Published on 05 May 2021
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Noordenwind

Noordenwind is a typeface inspired by the turbulent Dutch winds. The really interesting part of this project is the different weights for each month, each with its own levell of stress and distortion matching the dutch weather.

Published on 05 May 2021
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Noe Display

A couple of things to admire here but not the things you'd expect. The in-specimen navigation is subtle, supportive, and stays out of the way. The 'buy' buttons next to each type tester. The simple introduction of a centred waterfall.

Published on 05 May 2021
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Termoli Font

Termoli is a contemporary take on the scotch typeface genre. The specimen is an interesting assortment of white on black content elements and type testers.

Published on 04 May 2021
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Faubourg

This specimen for Faubourg from Positype follows the increasing trend of 'everything is a type tester' but only having the controls available when the user is interacting with that content which makes things look nicely decluttered the rest of the time. Nice addition of the accompanying glyphs on the glyph preview.

Published on 02 May 2021
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GT Maru

Well, Grilli Type do it again. A wonderful, thoughtful micro site for the new font GT Maru. Crammed full of engaging illustrations and animations whilst not distracting from key selling points and features of the new font. It's just so good.

Published on 27 Apr 2021
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PlymouthPress

More like a product page than a type specimen, but it's an interesting project. I really like the randomisation feature. I just wish there was an outlined webfont version!

Published on 20 Apr 2021
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Graf

A really effective, lightweight, and simple specimen for Graf. The tiles of different colour settings work really well as a mosaic.

Published on 20 Apr 2021
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Puffin Arcade

Want some throwback arcade chrome pixel fonts? Puffin Arcade is brilliant. Reminds me of Bubble Bobble from about 1988 on the Amiga. It's aching for a bespoke mini site or specimen rather than being presented as part of the wider Bold Monday catalogue.

Published on 19 Apr 2021
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Auger Mono

There is something about this specimen that reminds me of the printed specimens from Emigre in the mid 90's. Maybe it's the colour combinations, or the simple panels of large glyphs.

Published on 16 Apr 2021
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Andada

This specimen for Andada is well constructed and comprehensive. The fonts in use section is particularly useful to see real-world application.

Published on 16 Apr 2021
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Fiction

As a specimen to evaluate weights at different sizes, different settings, many don't come as good as this one. In-depth and detailed, however it still lacks some contextual designs to really demonstrate the font in action.

Published on 13 Apr 2021
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Altform

CoType's sepcimens are really good in their clarity and simplicity. The overlaying of content areas on scroll is a simple but effective little trick to clearly demonstrate different content areas, but also adds subtle animation and a feeling of depth.

Published on 13 Apr 2021
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UNCUT

An unusual website. Or catalogue? Or specimen(s)? Maybe it's a foundry? I'm a little unsure, but what I do like is the bold, unconventional web design. Feels like a print publication for a contemporary gallery space. Refreshing!

Published on 13 Apr 2021
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Whyte

I'm a massive fan of Dinamo's typefaces and specimens and this is no exception. Whyte is a brilliant typeface and specimen is bold and delightful, yet useful and usable. A delicate balance realised very well, here.

Published on 11 Apr 2021
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TT Trailers

The refreshing aspect of this efficient specimen for Trailers is the multi-lingual predefined sample text at different lengths. So often, language evaluation is limited to a list of supported languages. More specimens taking this approach would be welcome.

Published on 11 Apr 2021
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RT Alias

Green and black and nothing else. Simple design with effective designed panels. To explain the features of the font (different density of pixels) has been handled really well.

Published on 11 Apr 2021