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screenshot of Jakarta Sans

Jakarta Sans

A simple specimen for a workhorse of a typeface. Jakarta Sans, an Open-source font for Jakarta city has some really interesting alternates that, when combined, take Jakarta Sans in a really interesting direction.

Published on 03 Sep 2020
screenshot of Roslindale

Roslindale

Another solid specimen from David Jonathan Ross. The Rosindale specimen opens with single words set in large bold weights before drilling down into more detail and origin content from David.

Published on 02 Sep 2020
screenshot of British Standard Type

British Standard Type

This is an interesting website from British Standard Type that is part specimen, part client case study. Walking through each of the custom projects for their clients, the case study starts to then include comon design patterns from specimens.

Published on 01 Sep 2020
screenshot of Herbus Pack

Herbus Pack

Despite this being a scrollable stack of images, instead of webfonts, there is clarity and purpose in the content. Bold, black and white illustrations of the typeface give an indication of usage.

Published on 01 Sep 2020
screenshot of NPGヱナ

NPGヱナ

This specimen from Nipponia demonstrates how difficult it is to make webfont specimens for CJK fonts without some kind of dynamic subsetting. What is striking is the illustration and the simple information architecture.

Published on 31 Aug 2020
screenshot of True Sans

True Sans

An interesting specimen with a large setting of a random question posed to the user. As a type specimen, there is plenty missing from this: glyphs, features, a more conventional type tester. But as a digital experience, it is noteworthy.

Published on 31 Aug 2020
screenshot of Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

There is a lot to like about this website for Out of the Dark. The whole thing is a specimen, with innovative, exploratory modes of navigation and discovery.

Published on 31 Aug 2020
screenshot of Garçonne Display

Garçonne Display

A nice interactive display of the variable nature of Garçonne Display opens the specimen. The cursor-jacking can be forgiven for the nice, large call to action to interact with the paragraphs.

Published on 31 Aug 2020
screenshot of Studio 6

Studio 6

The specimen for Studio 6 from Playtype is simple and bold enhanced by a parallax scrolling panel containing the meta data for the typeface.

Published on 31 Aug 2020
screenshot of Riviera

Riviera

Bold, with a flash of colour revealed on scroll, the specimen for Riviera starts with an impactful visual statement. The introduction of the colourways is then followed through the design for calls to action and coloured panels.

Published on 27 Aug 2020
screenshot of Crack Grotesk

Crack Grotesk

A fun specimen with cute music-related illustrations demonstrate the versatility of Crack Grotesk in an engaging way. Panel and panel of explanatory design notes walk the user through the various features.

Published on 27 Aug 2020
screenshot of Signifier

Signifier

Every new specimen from Klim is worth a mention. Signifier is a new 'brutalist response to 17th century typefaces'. The specimen is clear, responds to the user's needs, and is stripped back of content. As is typical with Klim's releases, the accompanying blog post is a fantastic essay detailing the typeface's origins and creation.

Published on 25 Aug 2020