Schwartzco / Kommissar


New Type: DignitasMarch 7, 2014

Dignitas, briefly known as “Gravitas”, is a contemporary take on Roman inscriptional capitals. The face was originally designed by Christian Schwartz and Dino Sanchez originally as part of their high-concept Luxury Collection. As such, it takes an almost parodic approach to the idea of elegance. The large x-height is balanced out by very long ascenders and descenders, and though it was promoted as a text face, its delicate details work best at 18pt and above.

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Designing NewsNovember 26, 2013

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.

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Update: Giorgio Sans V2May 15, 2012

Giorgio and its matching sans serif were originally designed in 2007 and 2008 for Chris Martinez, the art director at T, The New York Times Style Magazine, with the idea of bringing runway proportions, and the graphic style of the 1920s & ’30s to the page.

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I LoveTypography's Best of 2009: Giorgio SansJanuary 25, 2010

You think you’ve seen tall x-heights until you see Giorgio Sans. Commissioned for the New York Times T Magazine, this one screams high fashion.I’m only hoping that fashion titles will drop their tired and overused Didones in favour of this modern, elegant, slim, clean, and tall, beautifully drawn display face.

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New Type: Giorgio SansDecember 26, 2009

Of all the typefaces I’ve drawn, Giorgio was probably one of the most unlikely candidates for expansion, so I was intrigued by Chris Martinez’s idea to add a sans to the family. The first iterations slavishly copied the structural quirks of the original, like the rounded legs on K and R and the two-story g with the open bottom bowl, but we discovered that a lot of these odd details could be taken out, making Giorgio Sans better able to stand on its own.

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New Type: Stag Sans RoundDecember 23, 2009

I never expected Stag to take on such a life of its own. It was originally intended to be a small, four weight slab family for headlines only, but the art staff at Esquire keep dreaming up new directions to push it in — first a sans, then a stencil, and now a rounded version of the sans.

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New Type: Stag StencilDecember 1, 2009

Stag Stencil takes the maculinity of the original slab serif to almost comical extremes by making the implicit ‘constructedness’ of the characters explicit. Although it was a relatively late addition to the family, it seemed to be a natural fit.

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Typographica on StagApril 19, 2009

Christian Palino reviews Stag

In 2005, Schwartz and Barnes’ Guardian included a masterful retelling of what an Egyptian could do in print with its wedge-shaped serifs, subtle weight contrast and proportions diverging from traditional, Figgins-esque slabs.

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New Type: Stag v2 + Stag DotJuly 2, 2008

In the 1800s, display type families commonly included interesting variants like shadows and inlines, and sometimes even intricately engraved flowers, leaves and fruit.

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Typographica on GiorgioMarch 5, 2008

Ben Kiel reviews Giorgio

It is a shockingly beautiful typeface, one so arresting that I stopped turning the page when I first saw it a Sunday morning about a year ago. Commissioned from Christian Schwartz and used by Chris Martinez and his staff at T, Giorgio exudes pure sex and competes with the photographs beside it.

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New Type: Stag SansOctober 15, 2007

Looking back at the process that lead to Stag, I can see that Stag Sans was inevitable. Esquire had a lot of trouble finding a sans to complement Stag and the rest of their type palette. All of the sans serifs they tried had overly long ascenders and descenders, making it difficult to mix the families in a single headline or as emphasis in a block of copy.

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New Type: StagJuly 14, 2007

Stag started as a small family of slab serifs commissioned for headlines by the US edition of Esquire magazine and eventually grew into a sprawling multi-part family including a flexible sans companion and two additional display variants that are probably best described as special effects.

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Foundry: SchwartzcoJuly 14, 2005

Schwartzco, Christian Schwartz’s foundry, joins Village upon our launch.

Schwartzco, Inc. was founded by type designer Christian Schwartz, and is based in New York City. Christian specializes in custom typefaces for publications and corporate identities, and has designed commercial fonts for several respected foundries.

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Introducing VillageJuly 14, 2005

Village launched on July 14, 2005. The original member foundries were: Feliciano, Darden Studio, KLTF, Lux Typographics, Schwartzco, Type Initiative, Thirstype, Underware & Village (since re-christened Constellation).

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