Year Book Of Type is a book collecting the best of digital typographic production in the past 2 or 3 years: Typefaces of both students and well-known designers are shown evenly. Each font its double page, one page with some informations about the author and other existing glyphs, and the other page with a specimen created by the designer himself. Reading is eased thanks to this particular detail. At the end of book, there is a whole part about the designers careers, digital typography techniques, and other bonus.

Amongst all typefaces presented, Geneo, Allumi and Ardoise are Typofonderie typefaces. Allumi and Ardoise were both designed by Jean François Porchez, respectively in 2008 and 2010. As for Geneo, it’s a typeface created by Stéphane Elbaz designed in 2008.

Ardoise by Jean François Porchez: A straightforward sanserif in 45 series + 4 widths, available at Typofonderie.
Ardoise by Jean François Porchez: A straightforward sanserif in 45 series + 4 widths, available at Typofonderie.

Geneo by Stéphane Elbaz: a robust oldstyle, an elegant slab in 18 styles, available at Typofonderie.
Geneo by Stéphane Elbaz: a robust oldstyle and elegant slab in 18 styles, available at Typofonderie.

Allumi, designed by Jean François Porchez with technology in mind: 27 fonts, 2 widths, available at Typofonderie.
Allumi, designed by Jean François Porchez with technology in mind: 27 fonts, 2 widths, available at Typofonderie.

Our favorites typefaces of the moment

Many typefaces come out every week, it’ss impossible to appreciate all of them, so, a book offering a selection is a good help. This new publication has prompted us to take a little time to observe the typefaces published recently by our conurrents. Our non-scientific selection made us to choose Bery, Margarita but also Brix Slab, Rameau and Turnip.

Bery, is a stencil-inspired font designed by Fred Smeijers

Le Bery, un caractère inspiré du pochoir, crée par Fred Smeijers
Bery is a typeface created by Fred Smeijers in 2012

This font is a mix between the delicacy of a Didone typeface, and the strength of a stencil. The 3 versions Roman, Script and Tuscan combined together produce beautiful typographic effects in layouts. Bery is a font created by Fred Smeijers in 2012, and inspired by Jean Gabriel Bery, a parisian stencil artist, famous for his work in France around 1780.

Brix Slab, a robust slab typeface designed by Hannes von Döhren et Livius Dietzel

Brix Slab, a robust slab typeface designed by Hannes von Döhren et Livius Dietzel
Brix Slab is a typeface designed by Hannes von Döhren et Livius Dietzel in 2011

It’s a robust slab typeface with subtle details, and intended to be used in magazines or newspapers and digital devices too. Brix Slab is part of an extended family of 24 fonts, designed by Hannes von Döhren & Livius Dietzel in 2011. The font is optimized for small weight use over a long body of text.

Margarita, a tribute between Bodoni and Stilla

Margarita, a tribute between Bodoni and Stilla
Margarita is a typeface created in 2010 by Alejandro Lo Celso

As for the flourished typeface Margarita, designed by Alejandro Lo Celso in 2010, the influence is clearly from the François Boltana’s Stilla’s typeface (designed in 1973). Alejandro also speaks about a Bodoni tribute too, with some humoristic features. This font is supposed to be used only in display sizes. In 2001, Alejandro Lo Celso founded PampaType, the first argentinian foundry.

Rameau, an opera-ballet inspired typeface

Rameau, an opera-ballet inspired typeface
Rameau is a typeface designed by Sarah Lazarevic in 2011

In 2011, Sarah Lazarevic designed the Rameau typeface , first by drawing the cursive version based on the manuscript of an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau, in 1747. The whole font has cursive versions, and many ligatures, which perfectly represents the engravings of this period. The rythm of a nicely done handwriting is also a reminder of the french elegance of the 18th century.

Turnip, a rustic typeface, designed by David Jonathan Ross

Turnip, a rustic typeface, designed by David Jonathan Ross
Turnip, a typeface created by David Jonathan Ross in 2012

Turnip means a root vegetable. It’s the name of this typeface because it’s a simple yet quite rustic font, with Bookman and Cheltenham influences. The font was designed by David Jonathan Ross in 2012. It has robust letters with angular vertical serifs, rounded external shapes, and squared internal shapes. Although, the designer uses food metaphors to describe Turnip: The outsides are doughy and soft. The insides are crisp.



The last section include several essays about typeface design and font production.

This is a very interesting book to have to stay updated about new typefaces around the world, or as an inspiration to choose a font for a project. This is a nicely done catalog that will please those of you who have an interest in both literature and type design.

By Marion Chibrard, November 2013. All rights reserved.

Year Book Of Type, volume I

Slanted Editions, 2013
Niggli Publication
Language: english
Concept and realization MAGMA Brand Design
ISBN 978-37212-0861-0 – 49,80 €
Set in Greta Text and Greta Sans, typefaces designed by Peter Bil’ak, Typotheque.

Year Book Of Type, a typographic compendium

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Geneo by Stéphane Elbaz
Allumi by Jean François Porchez
Ardoise by Jean François Porchez
Bery by Fred Smeijers
Brix Slab by Hannes von Döhren & Livius Dietzel
Margarita by Alejandro Lo Celso, PampaType Foundry
Rameau by Sarah Lazarevic
Turnip by David Jonathan Ross