Urtd / Odesta

New Release: Founders Grotesk MonoFebruary 12, 2014

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Founders Grotesk Mono, designed by Kris Sowersby of Klim, rounds out the Founders Grotesk Superset: Founders Grotesk, Condensed, X-Condensed, and Text. As the name suggests it is “monospaced”, each letter takes up exactly the same amount of horizontal space. Like Pitch it is a “10-pitch” typeface: at 10 point it will fit 10 letters to the inch. For more information about monospacing, please read Pitch’s design information.

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Odesta / Best of 2013January 2, 2014

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Christoph Koeberlin of Typefacts named Urtd’s Odesta one of the best fonts of 2013, he writes: You can rarely so easily find one of your ten favourites out of hundreds of new typefaces. Odesta was love at first sight — maybe because she was designed for love!

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Typefacts / Best of 2013January 1, 2014

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Christoph Koeberlin of Typefacts included five Village releases in his Best of 2013 list.

He writes: A Best-Of list is just like a football team. You shouldn’t only take into account the best players as individuals, but the best team; the players that harmonize best. In my list of the best typefaces of the year, I have taken this into stride and tried to compile a well-balanced, harmonic yet diversified overview.

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TNW / Best of 2013December 23, 2013

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Sean Manning of TNW included three Village releases in his Best of 2013 picks.

See more over at TNW

New Release: OutsidersDecember 10, 2013

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Outsiders, designed by Henrik Kubel of A2-Type, is a stylish slab-serif face with an accompanying italic that is ideal for use on packaging, editorial design, online content, signage & advertising campaigns. A family with plenty of of flavour.

Designing NewsNovember 26, 2013

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We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of this book! In addition to featuring Kris Sowersby’s Domaine throughout, Designing News showcases and analyses some of the best news publication going today.

Village member Christian Schwartz designed the logotype for IL magazine

Francesco Franchi details his extraordinary work for Il Sole 24 Ore, where he’s been the Art Director since 2008. Mr. Franchi has worked with village members, Kris Sowersby and Christian Schwartz on the logotype and typographic programme for IL magazine.

Klim’s Tiempos and Founders Grotesk at work in IL magazine

As Mr Franchi’s site notes, ‘In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.’

The story behind the making of OdestaNovember 19, 2013

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Odesta, designed by Ondrej Jób of Urtd, is a decorative script typeface with detached strokes and pronounced ball terminals. It comes in 7 weights with small capitals, swash capitals, plenty of ligatures, and initial & final forms for each of the lowercase letters.

Read about the development of Odesta here…

New Release: OggNovember 19, 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…

A2-Type + The IndependentNovember 8, 2013

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Creative Review has written-up the excellent redesign of UK newspaper, The Independent. They write: ‘The Independent revealed a new look today, the result of a three month-long project from designer Matt Willey and the newspaper’s in-house design team.’

‘“We knew quite quickly what we wanted the paper to look like, it was very organic,” says Barber. “We looked at the Antwerp face in the early stages then talked to Henrik; he started pushing it around and customising it. It’s the first time we’d actually talked about getting a whole family of fonts custom made — and taking everything back to a family of fonts became essential. The majority of the identity for this comes from the typeface. We started from a very basic framework and built in the details and flourishes of interest.”

Matt Willey & the team at The Independent redesigned the newspaper from the type up

‘The changes themselves are less a redesign and more a complete overhaul, thanks in part to the new set of typefaces designed by Henrik Kubel of A2/SW/HK and A2-Type, that are worked through the newspaper. Designing from the type up has meant that the way each page works has been rethought, restructured, and, in particular, de-cluttered and simplified.’

A2’s custom typographic programme for ‘The Independent’

‘For the type, Kubel has produced a set of custom drawn typefaces for use across the whole newspaper — an Indy Serif with italics (light, medium and bold); an Indy Sans (light, bold and heavy), an Indy Sans Condensed face (light, medium and bold) and an Indy Hairline, a version of which is used in the masthead.

‘“The fonts have been designed to deliver everything from delicate headlines, to hardworking text settings, down to very small point sizes for factual information and listings,” says Kubel.

A2’s custom type programme comprises 14 fonts in total

‘The final font set comprises 14 fonts in total, divided into four sub-sets and a special Numbers-only font. Each of the fonts share the same underlying structure and basic framework which means that, although they differ in look, style and weight, they do feel the same — a real family.’