The new year isn’t that new any more, yet I don’t want to do without the established look back. Again, the focus is on overviewing all remarkable releases of the year, flavoured with some personal spotlights. Anyway, one thing has changed: For the first time, it’s not my own compilation, but a cooperation with my new Typefacts-colleagues Norman and Sven who made this list possible. In this respect it makes a turning point: The end of the old Typefacts and the beginning of a partnership that should breathe new life into the old website. I’m excited!
Mallory is Tobias Frere-Jones’ first commercial release as an independent type designer. He combined sincerity with a warm, yet certain playful look and feel. A special feature is the MicroPlus version that’s optimized for very small text sizes.
With the splendid Trianon, Loïc Sander brings Firmin Didot’s ideas to the 21th century. With its four optical sizes, Trianon retains its elegance even in sophisticated typographic applications, while type designers get excited about the tools Loïc invented on his way.
The sublime Irrlicht is Ari Hausel’s take on the Judith-Type by Christian Heinrich Kleukens. He further enriched the concept with a matching “Lichte”-style.
FF Real · Erik Spiekermann & Ralph du Carrois (FontFont)
FF Real is one of the most impressive typeface releases of 2015. Designed by Erik Spiekermann and cleaned by Ralph du Carrois the typeface is rooted in early static grotesques and combines it with the typical Spiekermann twist. It’s a modern interpretation and well equipped typeface of that genre.
Ludwig is one of the most talented type designers in Germany, and you might as well take any other of his 2015 releases. We chose Contemporary Sans, which shows that a Sans Serif with contrast doesn’t have to look like it was made for fashion magazines.
Jens Kutílek’s FF Hertz with its squarish forms is influenced by Hermann Zapf’s Melior and his Mergenthaler Antiqua. The typeface references to early German topographic maps too. Its uniwidth design and character set makes it perfect for advanced typographic works.
Nitti Mostro by Pieter van Rosmalen is an extension of the praised Nitti family. With its 18 styles, it clearly is a prime example how a chromatic typeface for the digital-age could look like. Be sure to give it a spin on its amazing microsite!
Hollie Script with its companion Hollie Scripts Ornaments is a modern interpretation of mid-20th centuries’ window lettering. A rich glyph set with contextual ligatures, and alternative characters make it appear in a very nice way.