A curated list of digital specimens
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Uivo is a geometric grotesque hybrid with a specimen full of personality. The delicate balance of marketing, usefulness, distinctive, and design is well constructed with a simple colour palette, stacked specimen components, and finishing with some really useful customer testimonials. I wish we'd see more of those.
Process's type specimens are always so simple, engaging, and just useful enough to tempt any designer to part with their cash. Really good specimen with larger than life type.
NaN Fiasco is a disobedient sans-serif drawing inspiration from errata in the design, application and reproduction of letterforms. The specimen is a neatly stacked selection of type testers before concluding with one of the most engaging license selectors I've seen.
This specimen for Andana is just about as comprehensive as you can get. It's got it all: fonts in use, complete character set, open type features (together with educational content).
WEG font is an experimental type system where legibility isn't the focus. It's refreshing to see this type of experimentation is still alive and kicking in the type design industry. The specimen demonstrates potential usage which frames the experiment in the real world of application to products and services.
Some interesting components in the specimen for Garet. The opentype features selector is particularly useful when combined with the sample text. The inclusion of some experimental and playful components – such as the 'talk' component – is very welcome.
Dinamo does it again. Vibrant, useful, exciting specimen for a monster typeface release. Of particular interest is Arizona Flare – a nice blend between Serif and Sans and a natural progression from the variable font design space.
There has been an increase of this type of digital specimen over the last year; stacked type testers of set text in the various weights of the typeface. And that's it. The best of both worlds. Interesting enough from a design perspective to really show the glyphs off, but with the added functionality to really start probing the typeface for your own needs.
This is a little different. Indian Type Foundry have created this free offering of their entire catalogue for non-profit or personal use. Brilliant. And the specimens to display the catalogue are really well done with some nifty, subtle design elements.
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.
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.
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.