Metropolis redesigned with Marr Sans, Publico, and Druk
| 19 DECEMBER 2014
The cover of the debute issue of the redesign.
Venerable architecture, interiors, and product design magazine Metropolis has unveiled a clean, smart, and well-structured new look with their December 2014 issue. The redesign was done by New York-based designers Andrew LeClair and Adam Lucas, using Marr Sans and Publico Text and Text Mono throughout. Marr Sans performs admirably at all sizes, bringing subtle personality to delicate feature headlines, while keeping captions and both short and long blocks of text readable in the front section.
Publico Text and Text Mono are mixed intelligently in the interviews, giving a distinct separation between the voices of the interviewer and interviewee while keeping them on equal levels in the hierarchy. Publico Text Mono also brings personality to very small text, including the magazine's spine, with its unusual texture.
| 3 JUNE 2014
Designed by Berton Hasebe, Druk is a study in extremes, featuring the narrowest, widest, and heaviest typefaces in the Commercial Type library to date.
| 11 JULY 2014
Marr Sans is a 2014 revival of a characterful grotesque that appeared in only one weight during the 1870s. Paul Barnes and Dave Foster have expanded this original into a seven weight family. One of the innovations of the nineteenth century captured in Marr, are the first sans serif oldstyle figures in a typeface, at the time a considerable novelty.
| 13 AUGUST 2014
The forms of Commercial Type's latest release, Publico Text Mono, feel at once familiar and alien—recognizable as Publico, but with a distinctly strange texture. Greg Gadzowicz added the italics in 2014. In keeping with the un-designed aesthetic, the italics are optically corrected obliques.
| 11 FEBRUARY 2010
Commercial Type has released Publico, a serif typeface for publications with variations for use at Headline and Text sizes. Designed by Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, assisted by Kai Bernau and Ross Milne, this family now includes small caps and olstyle figures, expanding its usefulness beyond news.