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.
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.
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.
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.
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.