Graphik has been expanded by Lebanese type designers Waël Morcos and Khajag Apelian to support the Arabic script. Rather than simply adapting the Latin forms, Graphik Arabic has adapted the idea of Graphik—a plain, all-purpose sans serif suited both to expressive display use and to extended reading.
A major expansion project provided the impetus for a refresh of communications and signage at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, including a new typeface: MoMA Sans, a cohesive family designed to cover the full range of typographic needs, including exhibition graphics, subway posters, wall labels, film schedules, mobile apps, the website, and signage.
Sanomat is a new serif display family designed by Paul Barnes. Both serious and elegant, with an inviting warmth, it was originally commissioned by Sami Valtere in 2013 for his acclaimed redesign of Helsingin Sanomat.
Paul will be speaking at the Society for News Design’s 2017 conference, Unite + Rebel. Paul’s talk will focus on our work for newspapers, and how type can help a publication’s distinctive voice make the leap from print to screen. Greg will also be giving a very short presentation, and we'll have an all new newsprint specimen for attendees.
Algebra Display was designed by Altelier Carvalho Bernau for the US edition of Esquire, adding a gracefully aggressive tone to large headlines and initials. Like its all-purpose sibling Algebra, Algebra Display was inspired by the construction and proportions of Grotesks. The family has a contemporary air of brutality, with terminals and serifs abruptly sheared off.
Chiswick is a collection of eight interrelated families in three sets – serif, sans, and grotesque – inspired by the vernacular style of lettering found in the British Isles from the 18th century onward. With a common skeletal structure, they range from the warm beauty of Chiswick to the industrial Chiswick Grotesque.
The New York Type Directors Club is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a day of lectures and discussions with such luminaries as Ed Benguiat, Louise Fili, and Erik Spiekermann. Our very own Greg Gazdowicz will be on a panel together with Elizabeth Carey Smith, Zipeng Zhu, and Jessica Svendsen, hosted by the famous Debbie Millman.
Styrene, a new sans serif by Berton Hasebe, is his latest exploration of proportion and simplicity in type design. The family's two widths offer different textures: version A is dogmatically geometric, with a strong personality, while version B is narrow though not truly condensed.
Miguel will be in tour in South America in November, giving workshops and lectures in Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. He will also speak at the Biennial de Tipos Latinos in Santiago de Chile. More details inside.
Miguel will be giving a lecture entitiled “Tipografía para Revistas Contemporáneas” (Type design for contemporary publications) on the first day of Tipografía México, a 2-day conference at CENTRO in Mexico City.
Robinson is the first release by Commercial Type designer Greg Gazdowicz. Inspired by calligraphic sans serifs from the first half of the 20th century, Gazdowicz aimed to make a contemporary sans that used the hallmarks of broad-nib construction to add visual interest without being explicitly calligraphic. The result is a crisp, refreshing sans with a lively personality.
Earlier this year we released Erik van Blokland’s Action Condensed. 8 months later, we’re surprised to see that it is primarily being used in print so far. To help get inspiration flowing, we asked our friends at Project Projects to create an interface showing Action Condensed doing what it does best. See the result at action.commercialtype.com
The New York date of our tour last fall was recorded and has been posted online. The talk was originally presented by AIGA/NY on 30 September 2015 at the Parsons auditorium. Many thanks to them for making the video available. Link inside.
Le Jeune, originally designed by Commercial Type partners Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz for Vanity Fair in 2013, is a modern adapation of the French Modern idiom. Named for the Parisian typefounder and punchcutter Joseph Mole Le Jeune, Le Jeune blends the precision of French neo-classical types with a contemporary x-height and ball terminal shapes from the Anglo-American tradition.
We're running ads in three subway stations on the L train in Brooklyn for the month of June: Lorimer Street, Graham Avenue, and Grand Street. The ads were designed by Project Projects and the colors are even brighter in person.