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Font Friday: Runcible

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the Attack of the 50ft Typeface with the B-Movie inspired Runcible

I originally had something very different in mind for this week’s Font Friday – something clean, crisp, versatile and elegant, packed to the rafters with OpenType trickery and fanciness. But the minute I saw the new offering from Font Friday stalwarts Pintassilgo Prints I realised what I really wanted was some good old-fashioned display-font fun.

There’s a time and a place for elegant type. Pintassilgo know this and are more than capable of delivering on this front, but they seem to really come alive when it comes to big, bold, 50s and 60s-inspired poster fonts. And Runcible definitely falls into the latter category, with its Jazz-artwork-meets-B-Movie poster influences. The inclusion of the shattered “cleft” version just completes the poster-friendly package – this is a font that likes to be used BIG!

As you’d expect by now from the Brazilian duo, the font makes intelligent use of OpenType and character variations to keep things organic, avoiding too much repetition with subtle variations. Things are upper-case only, but to be honest I can’t imagine this font suiting anything less than the loudest of messages. To be blunt, this typeface probably won’t find its way into many circumstances where subtlety is required, and the audience is going to be fairly niche compared to some of the previous Font Friday offerings. But the font is such unmitigated fun to use that it seemed unfair to exclude it on range of use alone!

Inspiration and musical soundtrack this week is best listened to early in the day for maximum earworm effect! A real Jurassic classic, you might say…

Runcible (presumably named after the nonsense poems of Edward Lear) is available at an introductory half price, and may be purchased as standard or the more rock-hewn “cleft” version from Pintassilgo’s MyFonts store, which also features lots more examples of the font in use.

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Fonts: Runcible, Runcible Cleft (PintassilgoPrints)

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Font Friday: Bookmania

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the retro curves of Bookmania by Mark Simonson

Ask any web typographer whose work they admire, and the chances are Mark Simonson’s name will crop up. Mark has spent the past thirty years developing typefaces, digitising film fonts, and creating an arsenal of type unique in that it looks just as good on screen and in motion as it does in print.

Simonson’s work has quietly become mainstream on the web over the years, and the chances are you’ll see good handful of his fonts in use today without even realising. Bookmania was released in 2011, and is a perfect example of his understated-yet-iconic approach to lettering.

At heart a revival of the standard book printers’ workhorse Bookman Oldstyle, Bookmania also references the distinctive directions illustrators took Bookman in the 1960s and early 1970s. The result is a strong-minded font with a retro edge packed with a mindboggling near-700 swashes and character variants, which makes OpenType software like Illustrator or InDesign a must if you’re to get the most out of it.

The complete Bookmania family has 10 weights available, although I’ve just kept to SemiBold Italic for the demo below. The soundtrack this week is from everyone’s favourite robot-headed funsters, and you’ve got a choice of the original video or the internet sensation it spawned…

More samples of Bookmania in use are available on Mark Simonson’s store

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Fonts: Bookmania (Mark Simonson)