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screenshot of Neacademia

Neacademia

Neacademia is a Latin and Cyrillic type family inspired by the types cut by 15th century Italian punchcutter Francesco Griffo for the famous Venetian printer and publisher Aldus Manutius. The specimen is available in Latin or Cyrillic which is nice – so often language support is shown in the glyph table, rather being set as text.

Published on 16 Mar 2021
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Fatype

Almost every bit of type on this specimen is a type tester. Controls reviewing themselves on hover, they are stacked, starting with huge single words before slowly changing into more long form content all the way to paragraphs.

Published on 16 Mar 2021
screenshot of Avona Serif

Avona Serif

Another specimen where the buying options caught my eye. A multitude of boxes – each labelled with the font packages, ranging from Personal, to Large, allow the user to easily choose. The one thing that caught my eye was the 'pay-what-you-want' for non-commercial and testing purposes. An interesting alternative to limited trial fonts.

Published on 15 Mar 2021
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Rowton

This specimen for Rowton has the usual components: type testers, carousel of designed images etc. But, rather unglamorously, it's the buying options that sets this apart. A really simple walk through licence type, scripts, and individual weights and promotional packages. Super clear and easy.

Published on 15 Mar 2021
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Lenora

When most digital type specimens seem to be a single scrollable page, it can be hard to miss those that split the vertical sections into different web pages. This was the case for me with the specimen for Lenora – I somehow missed the navigation! A thorough specimen with excellent use of spot colour to draw the user's eye.

Published on 15 Mar 2021
screenshot of Matter Mono

Matter Mono

New addition to Displaay's Matter typeface. Like its parent typeface, Matter Mono is just different enough to warrant attention. The specimen has a good type tester proceeded by some designed images.

Published on 15 Mar 2021
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Transducer Font Family

There is just something about slightly extended or condensed typefaces that take me right back to memories of Space Lego, ABBA, and the early '80's Where everything was brown and orange. Not this specimen, though. Stark, stylish black type testers display large type harking back to those more stylish days.

Published on 09 Mar 2021
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Adams Italic

Just look at those swash italics! Beautiful font, and quite a simple specimen – from a functional and aesthetic point of view. But what stands out on this is the copywriting. The wonderful little story sits alongside the font in the quirkiest of ways. There are other short stories o the site as well for you to enjoy.

Published on 08 Mar 2021
screenshot of Mānuka Collection

Mānuka Collection

A big release from Klim, and, as you'd expect, the specimen is pretty special. Following similar information architecture to the other specimens in the collection, Mānuka's distinctive branding sits atop the specimen and across all of the marketing. That's what I like about Klim's releases: the thought and careful execution given to branding every release.

Published on 08 Mar 2021
screenshot of Codelia

Codelia

Not a specimen as such, but I know Toshi and the care and attention he puts into the design of his typefaces. Codelia is no exception. Beautifully designed for a difficult work environment, it's sensitive to the needs of programmers who sit all day looking at code.

Published on 07 Mar 2021
screenshot of Noi Grotesk Family

Noi Grotesk Family

Perhaps the longest scrolling foundry homepage I've seen. Atop is the specimen for Now Grotesk with some brilliantly designed components outlining the font features and design details.

Published on 07 Mar 2021
screenshot of Faction

Faction

I'm a big fan of combining the design story of the typeface in a specimen. Of course, this has to be done sensitively, and at the right point in the user's evaluation of the typeface. The specimen for Faction does that particularly well, seamlessly moving from detailed specification type content, over to the story of how the typeface came to be.

Published on 04 Mar 2021