Typefaces have truely revolutionised themselves in recent years and a new era of type has emerged, mixing classic calligraphy and 20th century forms with tech inspired formats, inverted contrasts and unique structures. Typographers have adopted and adapted styles and have reinvented the array of unique styles available. From modern and clean san serifs, to the artistic melding of contemporary serifs, we explore a few of our favourite typefaces.
Mixing classic serif and futuristic sans serif, Victor Bartis creates a remarkably unique and modern typeface with a fashionable and artistic edge. Kaftan is stylish and edgy with a wide span of aesthetics and outcomes.
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, brushes, and white-out. The design of Ogg amplifies many of the telltale moves found throughout Ogg’s calligraphic works such as Ogg’s signature italic ascenders.
U8 is based on the lettering of Berlin subway station signs. A decidedly modern design from about a century ago – a period of optimistic outlook towards the future, in designing U8 Anton Koovit aimed to restore this undeservedly forgotten piece of design history. U8 may be considered a “modernist classic” that connects the engineers of DIN and the ideals of the Bauhaus movement.