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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
screenshot of Arapey

Arapey

A feature-rich specimen for Arapey comprised of numerous horizontally stacked interactive elements all wrapped around a simple, two tone design.

Published on 08 Sep 2020
screenshot of FORGE

FORGE

An unusual specimen that dispenses with many conventions in favour of expression and experimentation. Illustrative and creative, it includes a really simple type tester and glyph list, but it's the framing illustrations that challenge the viewer.

Published on 08 Sep 2020
screenshot of Stencil Gothic

Stencil Gothic

A specimen that reads as a research project. The linear, scrolling story is punctuated by typographic illustrations and research photographs.

Published on 07 Sep 2020
screenshot of Snap-it

Snap-it

Snap it is a monospaced font without the curves. Because... why not? But underneath this quirky exterior is a typeface with considered and well-constructed form. The specimen in particular goes a long way in explaining the features.

Published on 07 Sep 2020
screenshot of FF Ernestine

FF Ernestine

This specimen for FF Ernestine is a presented as a microsite in a traditional way. A homepage with hero image, introductory text, a page with all the glyphs. Whilst this could work very well for print, more is needed for digital. Maybe showing its age?

Published on 07 Sep 2020
screenshot of FF Franziska

FF Franziska

A really unusual specimen. Presented as a long-form article documenting the design features, history, and inspiration for the creation of Franziska.

Published on 07 Sep 2020
screenshot of MD System

MD System

A simple but effective specimen for MD System from Mass Driver. Unusually, no type tester. Instead, a prominent download button for trial fonts and a PDF specimen.

Published on 03 Sep 2020
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