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RELEASES | 13 SEPTEMBER 2016

New release: Robinson by Greg Gazdowicz

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.
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WEB | 6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Minisite for Action Condensed

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
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PRESS | 25 AUGUST 2016

Interview with type.today

Ilya Ruderman of type.today did an extensive interview with Christian about contemporary ideas in type design, how to relate to type history, and so-called celebrity status. Link inside,
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LECTURES, TOUR | 29 JUNE 2016

Watch our tour date from New York

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.
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RELEASES | 15 JUNE 2016

New release: Le Jeune by Paul Barnes & Christian Schwartz

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.
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APPEARANCES, POSTER | 8 JUNE 2016

Advertising in the New York City subway

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.
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RELEASES | 31 MAY 2016

New release: Austin News by Paul Barnes

Austin News is a collection of four closely related typefaces for headlines and text in both print and screen use. Adapted from the successful Austin families, originally designed for magazines, Austin News has compact ascenders and descenders for tight leading: classic news proportions.
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MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 25 MAY 2016

A new sans for The Atlantic

Creative director Darhil Crooks has commissioned a new display sans for The Atlantic. Drawn by Christian Schwartz, this typeface helps to give a new personality to the feature well.
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RELEASES | 5 MAY 2016

New release: Canela by Miguel Reyes

Canela, designed by Miguel Reyes, is a new typeface that defies easy categorization. Neither serif nor strictly sans, not overtly historical but drawing clear influence from Caslon Old Face, and somewhat soft in its finish while crisp in its contrast, Canela is obvious only in its grace and beauty.
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WEB, CUSTOM TYPEFACES | 1 MAY 2016

Yandex Sans by Miguel Reyes and Ilya Ruderman

Yandex Sans, designed by Miguel Reyes and Moscow-based type designer Ilya Ruderman and art directed by Christian Schwartz, is a new corporate typeface for Yandex, the largest search engine in Russia.
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EVENTS | 28 APRIL 2016

Christian speaking at CalArts

Christian will be speaking at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA on April 28.
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Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4:30pm

California Institute of the Arts

24700 McBean Parkway

Valencia, CA

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Open to the public
RELEASES | 21 APRIL 2016

Cyrillic and Greek support added to Giorgio Sans

Giorgio Sans now supports Greek and a number of languages that use the Cyrilic alphabet, including Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Kazakh. The Cyrillic was drawn by Ilya Ruderman, and the Greek was drawn by Panos Haratzopoulos.
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LICENSING | 21 APRIL 2016

Type.today is open

Our friends Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky of CSTM Fonts have launched a new type distributor called type.today. Based on Moscow, this new company specializes in Cyrillic typefaces, and will distribute all of the typefaces from our library that Ilya has added Cyrillic support to.
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EVENTS | 16 APRIL 2016

Christian speaking in Mexico City

Christian will be giving a talk entitiled "Type as voice, type as culture" in Mexico City at Centro de diseño, cine y televisión. He will also spend the week with the students in the postgraduate type design program, following up on Miguel's time with them last fall.
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Saturday, 16 April 2016, 15:45

Centro de diseño, cine y televisión

Av. Constituyentes 455, Ciudad de México

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Open to the public with advance registration.
STENCILS | 28 MARCH 2016

Post No Bills: Tanja in use

Our neighborhood in New York is full of construction sites, so we made some stencils to see how Tanja would work in a more utilitarian setting.
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RELEASES | 22 MARCH 2016

New release: Tanja

Typefaces made from circles are an intriguing proposition for graphic designers. Many are created for technical reasons, such as for dot matrix printers, or for large screens at sports events. Usually these are simple sans serif forms, but Tanja is something unique; a Renaissance dot typeface.
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EVENTS | LECTURES, TOUR | 11 MARCH 2016

Christian speaking in Montréal

Christian will be speaking in Montréal on Friday 11 March, at an event hosted by Concordia University.
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Friday, 11 March 2016, Doors open at 5:30

Concordia University

1515 St. Catherine St. West

EV 6.720 (6th floor, enter from the garage door)

Montreal, Quebec H3G 2W1

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EVENTS | 8 MARCH 2016

Type Tuesday at St Bride Library

Paul will be MCing Eye Magazine's next Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library.
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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

St Bride Library

14 Bride Lane

London EC4Y 8EQ

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19:00 to 22:00
RELEASES | 29 FEBRUARY 2016

New release: Algebra by Susana Carvalho and Kai Bernau

Algebra is a broad-shouldered slab serif typeface built on superelliptical forms, designed by Susana Carvalho and Kai Bernau. Its loose spacing gives a remarkably comfortable texture in text, and its crisp detailing gives a distinctive and serious feeling at display sizes. Algebra balances strength with elegance.
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EVENTS | 24 FEBRUARY 2016

Coralie Bickford-Smith & Paul Barnes speaking in Reading

Paul will appear in conversation with author Coralie Bickford-Smith in celebration of Reading 2016 Year of Culture. The event will be MCed by Eric Kindel.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016, beginning at 19:30

Waterstones Reading - Broad Street

United Reform Building

89a Broad Street

Reading, RG1 2AP

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