Custom Typefaces

CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 24 MAY 2013

Druk Wide by Berton Hasebe for Bloomberg Businessweek

Creative Director Richard Turley and his team, with help from consultant Mark Leeds, have refreshed Bloomberg Businessweek from top to bottom for the first time since their major redesign in 2010. The changes through the front section of the magazine are minor, but Etc. has been completely rethought, with an exuberant approach to display typography centered around the extremely condensed versio...
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 9 MAY 2013

Duplex for MittMedia, a newspaper group in Sweden

Danish newspaper design specialists Ribergård + Munk commissioned a pair of headline typefaces from us as part of a sweeping overhaul of well over a dozen daily newspapers published throughout Sweden by MittMedia.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 17 FEBRUARY 2013

Schnyder for T, the New York Times Style Magazine

Berton Hasebe and Christian Schwartz have designed Schnyder, a new serif display typeface, for the 2013 top-to-bottom redesign of T, the New York Times Style Magazine under new editor in chief Deborah Needleman and creative director Patrick Li and his team of Shawn Carney, Aurelie Pellissier, and Natalie Do.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 8 JANUARY 2013

3 new families for Helsingin Sanomat

Helsingin Sanomat is Finland's major daily newspaper, with a circulation of around 400,000 on weekdays. A broadsheet since its founding in 1905, the paper made the switch to tabloid format on 8 January 2013. We provided all of the type for the new design: Sanomat, a serif family for headlines in 8 weights; Helsingin, a sans family for display use in 9 weights; Helsingin Text in 6 weights; and a...
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 2 JANUARY 2013

A rounded sans revival for Bloomberg Businessweek

Paul Barnes's revival of a rounded sans serif originally produced by the Caslon foundry around 1839 provides levity in a special issue on investing, the final edition of Bloomberg Businessweek for 2012.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 19 NOVEMBER 2012

Publico Monospaced for Bloomberg Businessweek

Christian Schwartz created a monospaced version of Publico Text for Bloomberg Businessweek. Originally drawn (but not used) for the election special issue, it found its way into the November 19-25 2012 issue, in an article about the shady world of compounding pharmacies.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 12 OCTOBER 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek Election Issue

Bloomberg Businessweek put out a special issue on the US presidential election this week, once again completely upending their standard format to tell a story in depth. For this graphics-intensive issue, we created a monospaced version of Neue Haas Grotesk (not planned for future release), for use in typesetting the issue's data. A set of alternates gives the face the ability to feel more like ...
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 11 OCTOBER 2012

Oboi for Wallpaper*

Wallpaper*'s November 2012 issue is the final of their for BRIC specials, each of which featured a custom typeface used throughout the issue. Christian Schwartz and Vincent Chan designed Обои (Oboi, Russian for "wallpaper") in one weight with support for both Latin and Cyrillic. Schwartz says, "It was difficult to come up with a typeface that looked distinctly Russian without falling into vario...
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 14 AUGUST 2012

Glamour redesigns

The US edition of Glamour recently redesigned, using Brunel and Neue Haas Grotesk. Art director Sarah Viñas headed up the redesign, with creative director Geraldine Hessler, commissioning two very thin, especially high-contrast weights of Brunel.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 5 MARCH 2012

Público refreshed

Mark Porter and Simon Esterson have refreshed their 2007 redesign of Público with some additions to the type palette.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 29 FEBRUARY 2012

New Umbro England football kit

Commercial Type partner Paul Barnes has designed the distinctive 2-tone numbers and letters that appear on the new Umbro England football kit. They will be launched on 29 February 2012 when England take on the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium. They were designed with Umbro’s design team led by Robert Warner.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 23 DECEMBER 2011

Druk XXXX Condensed and more for 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek Year in Review

2011 was a densely packed and chaotic year, so the type needed to help reflect this in Bloomberg Businessweek's Year in Review issue. Berton Hasebe added some very dramatically condensed versions to his already very condensed sans family Druk, while Christian Schwartz pulled some Neue Haas Grotesk numerals in the opposite direction. Berton also provided some impossibly condensed pieces of lette...
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 24 OCTOBER 2011

Neue Haas Grotesk Stencil for Bloomberg Businessweek Sports issue

Bloomberg Businessweek Creative Director Richard Turley wanted something a little bit more flexible than just a piece of lettering to tie a special section on sports together, so Christian Schwartz created a stencil version of the Regular weight of their Neue Haas Grotesk, loosely inspired by the work of Lawrence Weiner (who, ironically, despises Helvetica).
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 14 OCTOBER 2011

A new iPad app from The Guardian

The Guardian has launched a new iPad edition, using the typefaces we developed for their print edition. Mark Porter, former Guardian creative director, headed up the design of the app, adapting and reimagining the design principles from his 2005 redesign of the newspaper.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 13 SEPTEMBER 2011

Platform Stencil for a show at SALT, Istanbul

Berton Hasebe drew a custom stencil version of Platform for an exhibition at SALT Istanbul called "Becoming Istanbul" designed by Project Projects.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 15 AUGUST 2011

Kaiser and Zizou for Fast Company

The September 2011 issue of Fast Company is the latest step in a redesign by creative director Florian Bachleda, with Alice Alves and Ted Keller, introducing three new typeface families from Commercial Type: Kaiser, Zizou Sans, and Zizou Slab.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 5 AUGUST 2011

Druk by Berton Hasebe for Bloomberg Businessweek

Berton Hasebe has designed Druk, a condensed sans serif in 4 weights, for Richard Turley and his team at Bloomberg Businessweek.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 20 MAY 2011

New widths of Graphik for Esquire and Bon Appétit

Esquire and Bon Appétit have both redesigned, and both are using newly drawn condensed widths of Graphik.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 2 MARCH 2011

Ebony by Berton Hasebe for Ebony

Berton Hasebe designed a new slab serif headline typeface in three weights for a complete revamp of the iconic Ebony by new creative director Darhil Crooks, which debuted with the April 2011 issue. Commercial Type also assisted with redrawing the nameplate, marking its first change since the magazine was founded in 1945.
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CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 10 FEBRUARY 2011

Granger by Kai Bernau & Susana Carvalho for Esquire

After 5 years with Stag, the US edition of Esquire was ready for a change. In additon to adding two new sections and replacing Stag Sans with Graphik, they also commissioned a new serif display face called Granger, designed by Kai Bernau and Susana Carvalho.
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