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Font Friday: Appareo

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the vintage-influenced Appareo, a typeface straight from the pages of an antique book…

Appareo is the latest font family from the hand of Kimmy Kirkwood, owner of boutique design studio Kimmy Design. Kimmy offers an eclectic collection of typefaces, from the on-trend retro serif of Station to the hand-drawn whimsy of Lunchbox. All are executed to perfection, with multiple weights and textures, OpenType alternates for a human touch on the hand-drawn characters and regularly come with complementary ornaments and extras.

For Appareo Kimmy has turned to vintage books and the pages within, creating an imperfect, worn serif. The family consists of a range of weights (with italic options), each having a varying degree of distress. The fully set Black has the press and ink fully set into the page while Medium, Light and Extralight are progressively lighter in print, with more obvious textures.

As with Lunchbox, each character has several OpenType variations. This means no two same letters will ever be found adjacent, creating the appearance of an aged printing press. A selection of arrows, banners and flourishes complete the family, making this an ideal package for design-based work rather than simply setting text.

The high level of detail means that Appareo wouldn’t really be suitable for large blocks of small-size text or use as a webfont, but it would be perfect for anyone looking to give a touch of vintage authenticity to invitations, menus, labelling or other print design.

Inspiration this week is an attempt to coax the weather back to the sunny excess of previous weeks, with the promise of long drinks and classic cocktails…

More examples of Appareo in use can be found on Kimmy’s MyFonts store, where the entire font family is currently available for the discounted rate of $21.


Fonts: Appareo (Kimmy Design)

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Font Friday: Organically

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s PintassilgoPrints’ extremely adaptable Organically

The type industry looks to be in great health at the moment, with a seemingly never-ending supply of exquisitely drafted fonts pouring out of design studios around the world. Many of them could only really be considered “display” typefaces – that is, fonts that are best suited to small amounts of text such as logos, posters or invitations. This is no bad thing, and most of the fonts featured here have fallen into this category. But what if you had a larger amount of text you wanted to set? However great the likes of Bonbon might look as a headline, trying to use it as the main face in an article would soon lead to a messy, swirly overload of swashes and squiggles.

This is why I quite liked Organically, from the previously featured PintassilgoPrints. Although still a display font at heart (whack it into upper case with discretionary ligatures activated and watch the Pintassilgo magic happen!) the lower case characters are discrete enough to be used in quantity, compact enough to work in a paragraph, yet retaining just enough visual flourish and character to give some warmth to a layout.

While you still wouldn’t want to set a whole book in a font like Organically, it livens up a recipe no end. Inspiration for today’s example comes from baking blogger The Gentleman Baker, with a fabulously floral teatime treat from his extensive archives…

More samples of Organically in use are available on the Pintassilgo store, and more amazing recipes are available on The Gentleman Baker’s fantastic blog.


Fonts: Organically (Pintassilgo Prints)
Cakes: Chamomile Fruit Loaf, by The Gentleman Baker