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Neue Haas Unica

Neue Haas Unica

Neue Haas Unica

In the late 70s, Haas Type Foundry com­mis­sioned Team ’77 to cre­ate a new sans-serif that com­bined the great qual­i­ties of Hel­vetica, Univers and Akzi­denz Grotesk. They came up with Unica, which was released in 1980.

Work­ing from prints of Hel­vetica, Univers and Akzi­denz Grotesk, the trio iden­ti­fied, com­pared and eval­u­ated the finest of details, cre­at­ing a new-generation sans-serif that elim­i­nated the imper­fec­tions of its pre­de­ces­sors. “Unica was designed to be dif­fer­ent,” said André Gürtler; “sharper than Hel­vetica, warmer than Univers, cleaner than Akzidenz.”

Because of legal dis­putes, Unica has never been avail­able as a dig­i­tal type­face. Now it is.

Mono­type has just released Neue Haas Unica, a full dig­i­tal set designed by Toshi Oma­gari. It is also avail­able as a webfont.

Great to see clas­sic type­faces get­ting a fresh new life in the dig­i­tal age.

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Carl Brett

Carl Brett

Carl Brett was an Irish graphic designer and teacher who worked in Canada since 1954 and helped pio­neer mod­ernism in Canada. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Graphic Design­ers of Canada and served as pres­i­dent on two occasions.

Couldn’t find much info on him, and only found this gallery of his work at a small res­o­lu­tion, and some sort video inter­views with him.

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Dot Zero – Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero was a quar­terly by Uni­mark in part­ner­ship with Finch Paper that focused on the the­ory and prac­tice of visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Only five issues were pub­lished between 1966 and 1968, and Mas­simo Vignelli was the designer and cre­ative direc­tor of the mag­a­zine. Vignelli wanted to make the design excit­ing, but sim­ple, so he set all type in only two weights of Hel­vetica and every­thing printed in black and white.

Michael Bierut inter­viewed Vignelli about the mag­a­zine. Some nice insights on how the pub­li­ca­tion came about, and its production.

The folks at Ratio­nale Design have made avail­able a hi-res PDF of issue 1 of Dot Zero, and you can see some pho­tos of issue 2 here.

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Font Men

Font Men is a short doc­u­men­tary, directed & pro­duced by Dress Code, about Jonathan Hoe­fler and Tobias Frere-Jones, and their world of type. Obvi­ously shot before their pub­lic break-up. Really nice motion graph­ics, too.

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Post Grotesk

Post Grotesk

Post Grotesk

Post Grotesk is a sans-serif type­face designed by Josh Fin­klea as a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of the tra­di­tional grotesk sans-serif. Post Grotesk is avail­able in four weights in roman and italic, with built-in small caps.

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Fira Sans

Fira Sans

Fira Sans is a type­face designed by Erik Spiek­er­mann for the Fire­fox OS. Fira Sans is avail­able in four weights with cor­re­spond­ing ital­ics: light, reg­u­lar, medium, and bold, and is free to download.

You can down­load the spec­i­men here.

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Wim Crouwel — Het Nederlands Kamerorkest

Wim Crouwel

A poster or cat­a­log cover designed by Wim Crouwel some­time dur­ing the 60s. Perfection.

Via AGI Open London

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Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Unit Edi­tions con­tin­ues to impress me. They con­tinue to pump-out these high-quality books with great work. The newest book Type Only looks like it’s awe­some. Designed by Spin, and edited by Tony Brook, Clau­dia Klat and Adrian Shaugh­nessy. The book cel­e­brates type unsup­ported by illus­tra­tion or pho­tog­ra­phy. Type Only fea­tures the work of over 100 graphic design­ers from Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Italy, Nether­lands, Nor­way, Poland, Por­tu­gal, Ser­bia, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Switzer­land, UK, USA.

Want.

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Archive

Archive

Archive

Archive is a beau­ti­ful type­face designed by The Entente, that is now avail­able through Colophon. What’s unique about it is a small indent on the top and bot­tom of each serif.

The font is avail­able in nine cuts — Roman, Roman Italic, Semi­bold, Semi­bold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Extra Bold, Extra Bold Italic and Mono. The Stan­dard ver­sion con­tains Latin-A sup­port. The Pro ver­sion includes a full set of small caps (includ­ing accented small caps), dis­cre­tional lig­a­tures, addi­tional typo­graphic alter­nates and num­ber styles as well as Cen­tral Euro­pean, Cyril­lic and Greek lan­guage sup­port. Sup­plied in Open­Type format.

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FS Emeric

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Font­smith has released a lovely new type­face called FS Emeric. Design stu­dio, Believe in, han­dled the the cam­paign, which con­sisted of a beau­ti­ful type spec­i­men book­let, and a series of stu­dio posters from stu­dios like Pen­ta­gram, Build, NB Stu­dio, Hey, Bib­lio­theque, and Non For­mat. Each poster has been designed with one spe­cific weight of the FS Emeric type­face. Screen printed onto 175gsm Col­or­plan stock and hand num­bered, each poster has a lim­ited run of 50.

YES Poster

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YES is Build’s sec­ond on-demand print poster. It’s a high-quality dig­i­tal print on Hah­ne­muhle Matt Fine Art Smooth Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm stock. It’s design by the always tal­ented Michael C. Place, and is avail­able in A0-841x1189mm, A1-594x841mm, and A2-420x594mm sizes. Grab on here.

To Have And To Hold

Vintage Bags

Sorry for the silence. Sandy took out my power, so haven’t had much inter­net access. I hope every­one in the NYC area made it through the storm ok.

Now for some design good­ness. To Have And To Hold is an awe­some Tum­blr that fea­tures a col­lec­tion of paper bags from the 70’s and 80’s. The col­lec­tion is part of the Pre­ston Poly­tech­nic ephemera archive and is housed in their Library. Pretty cool.

Via ISO50