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MCKL / Specter

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New Type: SpecterMay 21, 2018

Specter is a constructed geometric sans with 90° sheared terminals and true italics. It is available in seven weights with roman and italic styles, including special inline display styles.

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Specter Specimen FolioMay 21, 2018

Specter, designed by Jeremy Mickel with Douglas Hayes, is a constructed geometric sans with 90° sheared terminals and true italics. It is available in seven weights with roman and italic styles, including special inline display styles.

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New Type: Fort Condensed & X-CondensedJuly 19, 2014

One day in the fall of 2009, my new friend Arley-Rose Torsone came by my studio in Providence. She was interested in learning to make fonts and I had promised to show her the basics of FontLab. In that initial session, I showed her how to draw beziers and set sidebearings. I drew a few glyphs, and we talked about the qualities of the control characters: what should the shoulders of the n look like? How round should the O be? It didn’t occur to me at that moment that I would eventually expand this font into 48 styles — I was just having fun with a friend.

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New Type: Superior TitleSeptember 30, 2013

Superior Title is a high contrast Transitional typeface, a kind of missing link between Bodoni and Times. The Display styles are suitable for editorial usage, particularly for fashion and lifestyle publications.

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Typographica on ShiftMarch 13, 2013

Robb Ogle reviews Shift:

Embrace designs that give a tacit nod to history without making contemporary words look like they’re wearing a cravat. Shift’s appeal, beyond utility, is a quirk of prescient timing and 2012 fashion.

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Die Besten Fonts 2012: FortJanuary 1, 2013

MCKL’s Fort was named one of the 10 best fonts of 2012 by typefacts.com.

Friendly neutrality: Jeremy Mickel’s background as a graphic designer can be quite advantageous as a typeface designer: If existing fonts aren’t quite right, he can draw one himself. In the case of Fort, Gotham might have been too round and DIN too strict. The result is a contemporary sans serif with slightly squared shoulders; neutral enough to stay discreet where necessary, yet warm and friendly to avoid being impersonal.

New Type: FortJuly 7, 2012

Fort is a contemporary grotesk, inspired by years of working as a graphic designer and the constant need for sans serifs with a flexible voice and durable performance. Its unique features are the squared shoulders and counterforms in round characters, subtly redrawn slanted italics, and consistent texture across all weights. Neutral enough to take on information design, corporate identity, and small text sizes, Fort’s refined details and personality shine in display.

New Type: ShiftJanuary 25, 2012

Shift is inspired by American slab-serifs from the late 19th century. In its lighter weights, it takes on the personality of a typewriter face, with flared terminals and prominent serifs. In the heavier weights, it acts as a titling Egyptian, with thin spaces between characters and small counters. Designed as a display face, it also works well for text.

Foundry: MCKLJanuary 16, 2012

We’re pleased to welcome Jeremy Mickel to a foundry slot.

Graphic Design: Now in ProductionOctober 22, 2011

I was very honored for Router to be included in the Walker Art Center / Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s [Graphic Design: Now In Production] show (http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2011/graphic-design-now-in-production). And even more thrilled to be right next to my friends Henrik Kubel (FM) and Eric Olson (Anchor). And having Matthew Carter there wasn’t so bad either (Vanlanen).

I Love Typography: RouterMarch 23, 2009

I remember clearly the day I was waiting for the 6 train at 33rd Street and Park Avenue in New York. I had taken pictures of type on the street for some time, but there was something here that caught my eye.

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