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New Release: Sharp GroteskMarch 23, 2017

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Swiss styling collides with the unexpected construction and wonky imperfectionism of 20th century American wood type in Lucas Sharp’s monument to Adrian Frutiger: Sharp Grotesk. With its exuberant personality, ink traps, and incredible range of moods, Sharp Grotesk is a brand new and uniquely American perspective on the genre of the multi-width grotesk. Originally beginning as hand drawn poster lettering in 2011, Sharp Grotesk eventually grew to encompass a massive range of 21 widths in 7 weights of roman & italic, for a total of 249 fonts.

Read on, and take a look at Sharp Grotesk‘s design, features & details here

New Foundry — Sharp TypeSeptember 12, 2016

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Since the publication of his Sharp Sans No.1 type family through the Village Incubator, designer Lucas Sharp has gone from strength to strength, releasing 3 more families through the Incubator and taking on some significant custom type projects. Sharp Sans has been wonderfully embraced by designers around the world, including Michael Bierut at Pentagram, who used the typeface in his identity for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. (See more about that project here.)

We are proud to announce that Lucas’s new company with his partner, Chantra Malee, Sharp Type Co. is moving into its own slot at Village. We look forward to bringing you more — a LOT more — type from Lucas in the coming months and years.

Sharp Type library

Sharp Sans
Sharp Sans Display No.1
Sharp Sans Display No.2
Frauen
Ogg

New release: Sharp SansSeptember 12, 2016

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In 2015, Lucas Sharp was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign to create a custom version of his Sharp Sans Display typeface. Lucas worked closely with Jennifer Kinon, the creative director at the campaign; the Sharp Unity typeface incorporated many ideas Lucas had been developing for his “ur” version of the Sharp Sans typeface.

While the Sharp Unity typeface has details unique for the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Sharp Sans family distills the essence of what has made the Display versions so successful into a set of fonts aimed at text setting.

To read on and see the full range of Sharp Sans and its predecessors Sharp Sans Display No.1 and Sharp Sans Display No.2, please click here.

The Sharp Sans Superset

Sharp Sans
Sharp Sans Display No.1
Sharp Sans Display No.2

Hillary For America, Sharp Sans For HillarySeptember 11, 2016

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Lucas Sharp created two typefaces for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for the Presidency of the United States: Sharp Sans and Sharp Slab (both pictured above.)

Hillary For America

The newest iteration of Sharp Sans was conceived for the 2016 Presidential bid by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Michael Bierut and his Pentagram team chose Sharp Sans Display No.1 as the main typeface for the campaign identity, but such a monumental project required a sturdier and more utilitarian typeface.

The new Sharp Sans is completely redrawn and shaped by the rigorous typographic demands of modern visual communication. Setting the new Sharp Sans apart from its predecessors are a larger x-height and more open counters, lending the types improved utility in extended text setting, while still working as a headline face. This versatility was not the primary objective of the two Sharp Sans Display typeface families.

Jennifer Kinon, a founding partner of New York City design firm OCD, has taken an extended leave from her studio to serve as Design Director for Hillary for America. Kinon art directed the revisions to the new Sharp Sans while expanding the campaign’s identity and teaching each campaign office how to use it.

New release: Frauen, designed by Lucas SharpSeptember 24, 2015

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Frauen is our ode to German calligraphy. The script style is based on some lettering I found on the cover of an almanac of Berlin debutantes published in 1945 titled, Die shönsten Frauen der Welt (The Most Beautiful Women in the World).

The 1945 almanac of Berlin debutantes that inspired Frauen, ‘Die schönsten Frauen der Welt’

The Roman is partially based on the calligraphy of Friedrich Neugebauer, and partly my own creation. Frauen Roman and Script share a common weight, x-height, and nib angle, and when used together behave as if the same unabashedly German calligrapher penned them both in the same sitting. As such, the uppercase and lowercase of each style can be used interchangeably with one-another.

Take a look at Frauen’s design, features & details here

New release: The Sharp Sans SupersetMay 7, 2015

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Sharp Sans No. 1 was Lucas Sharp’s first release through Village, and it debuted in the Incubator. Sharp Sans injects some much needed humanism into the Futura model. With its sheared terminals and true italics (in Sharp Sans No.1), Sharp Sans combines the appealing typographic compensation of the grotesque, with the plump circular bowls of the geometric. The result is a typeface suited for both text & display use that breathes life into the genre of the geometric sans.

THE SHARP SANS SUPERSET IS COMPRISED OF TWO FEATURE-RICH 20-FONT FAMILIES

Although Sharp Sans originated as an act of loving homage to the geometric sans serifs of the nineteen seventies, it eventually grew to encompass a thorough body of styles, all teetering on the cusp of the geometric and the grotesque.

As Sharp Sans evolved, different forms & ideas began taking sides. Some belonged in a more rigid, apollonian universe, while others seemed to be finding a bit of organic aliveness within their geometric framework. As the differences in style became more & more defined, the project was eventually split into two distinct 20-font superfamilies.

Read more here & here

2014 TDC Winner: OggMay 1, 2014

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Ogg, designed by Lucas Sharp and published through our Incubator foundry in 2013, was one of the winners in the 2014 TDC competition.

The TDC writes: ‘There was a total of only 24 entries selected by the jury from nearly 200 submitted from 29 countries. These winners will will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 35 and also included in 7 exhibitions touring cities in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.’

New Release: OggNovember 18, 2013

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Inspired by the hand lettering of 20th century book designer and calligrapher Oscar Ogg, Ogg captures the unique mix of calligraphic and typographic form he achieved through his use of hand carved pen nibs. Summoning a renaissance flavor while still managing to feel fresh and contemporary, Ogg begs for employment in magazine spreads, book covers, and all kinds of editorial applications. Designed by Lucas Sharp in 2013.

You can find more design information, character sets & samples here…

New Release: Sharp SansJune 1, 2013

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Sharp Sans, designed by new Incubator member, Lucas Sharp, injects some much needed humanism into the Futura model. With its sheered terminals and true italics, Sharp Sans combines the appealing typographic compensation of the grotesque, with the plump circular bowls of the geometric. The result is a typeface suited for both text and display use that breaths life into the genre of the geometric sans.

See Sharp Sans here

Pagan & Sharp lectureMay 31, 2013

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Lucas Sharp & Carlos Pagan (Pagan & Sharp), will give a talk at the 14th Street Apple store, Wednesday, April 3rd @7pm.

Typer / Frauen

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