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FIT is a hyper-stylized series of caps designed with one thing in mind: filling up space with maximum impact. As a variable font with extremes of weights, from the super condensed, to the very, very wide, the specimen for FIT displays this perfectly. Stacked panels of text with anchor controls to stretch them. Brilliant.
A functional specimen from HvD Fonts for Fabrikat Kompakt but notable because of the opening branding/illustration. Clean, simple, graphical lines present the typeface in simple juxtaposition. Another nice touch is the long-form feature explanation with toggles to see the difference.
This templated specimen from Positype is notable for the glyph table. In particular, I felt the preview of the glyphs – which are shown on click – display that choice in the context of other glyphs either side and simple cap height, x-height and baseline metrics.
Not sure where to start with this type tester for Q. Type tester is probably the wrong term anyway. 'Constructor' is probably more apt. The interface allows you to explore the various Lego-like build variables for the letterforms.
This microsite for Arteria is full featured and sprinkled with witty, graphical moments. Subtle animations of interface elements add to the soecimen's appeal. But don't be fooled; this is a serious typeface for broad application.
A bold, full screen type tester opens this specimen from Open Foundry before some equally large and bold illustrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.