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FB Hermes Revisited
Evoking the workhorses of factory printing from about a century ago, FB Hermes takes its inspiration from Heinz Hoffmann’s rugged 1908 German grotesk of the same name. Blunted corners suggest the wear and tear of rough presswork and add a touch of softness to the brawny letterforms.
More than a decade after its initial release, designer Matthew Butterick has now expanded the family with the addition of two more weights and a full set of italics, making FB Hermes even more versatile for publications and collateral.
Moreover, Butterick has furnished alternate glyphs for some of the more idiosyncratic characters in the design. These stylistic alternates allow FB Hermes to behave more conventionally in extended text settings. They can also be mixed and matched to add variety in display settings. For a more stylish effect in all-caps, a handful of unicase alternates (capitals with lowercase characteristics) have been provided.
12 Styles: Thin, Book, Regular, SemiBold, Bold, and Black; all with Italics.
Available as OpenType fonts with tabular lining figures and stylistic alternates.
With OpenType features, all stylistic alternates can be easily implemented globally via a range of OT stylistic sets.
More FB Hermes: http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/HermesFB
NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
FontCast #7 Features Dyana Weissman
Dyana Weissman may be one of the few type designers who claims to actually enjoy the tedious task of assigning thousands of kern pairs to each font. When approached about the topic by FontShop’s Stephen Coles, with camera rolling, Weissman set about to explain the difference between kerning and spacing, why it should be done by hand, and the mystical concept of “flow.”
Trilby Heads the List
The beginning of a new year typically sees several “Best Of . . .” reflections on the year just past. Font Bureau’s Trilby, designed by David Jonathan Ross, heads up this year’s list of “Favourite Fonts of 2009” over on the I Love Typography blog. There’s no actual significance to the order of the list, but we’re pleased to have landed a top spot anyway. And Trilby is in good company: It’s a wonderfully eclectic and tasteful gathering of fonts.
Roger Black: Design in the Next Decade
In January, the Society for News Design (SND) asked FB co-founder Roger Black to talk about what’s ahead for visual communication in the 2010s. The resulting interview is presented in both transcript and webcast format on their website. “The number one thing that we as designers need to think about is changing back to being art directors. . . . We have to come up with ways that we can focus on the news story — the storytelling — instead of the little vagaries of layout. . .”
Verdana Pro: Not Just Another Pretty Face
Last September Font Bureau, Carter & Cone, and Ascender Corporation let it be known that they were already hard at work together extending the popular Georgia and Verdana typeface families. Already more than a year in the making, work on the two projects proceeds apace, with FB’s David Berlow leading the charge on the Verdana front. MacWorld got a sneak preview of Verdana Pro in progress and filed a report outlining the development.
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