Type Life: Issue #3 - Non-Swiss Typefaces We Like, 1569–2018


In the third issue of Type Life, Swiss Typefaces take a look beyond their own work and celebrate contemporary type made by others.

The Swiss design studio compiled a selection of their favorite typefaces, licensed the fonts and used them to design the latest issue. The resulting specimen of “Non-Swiss Typefaces We Like 1569–2018” comes with a text by Florian Hardwig (Fonts In Use) and is visually enriched with works by lettering artist Julien Priez (boogypaper).

Type Life 3 showcases 19 fonts from 19 international foundries: 29Letters, Adobe Type, Commercial Type, CSTM Fonts, Dinamo Typefaces, DSType, Extrabrut.Shop, Future Fonts, Hoefler & Co., Letters From Sweden, Linotype, Milieu Grotesque, Or Type, Production Type, Sharp Type, Sportsfonts.com, The Enschedé Font Foundry, Typotheque, and Velvetyne Typefoundry—a representative sample for the diversity in type design and gives an illuminating overview of the current scene.

While the majority of the fonts were released in the past few years, many draw inspiration from all sources from previous eras. There is blackletter, script, slab serif, sans serif, and more. These themes—a stress on newness, historical references, and a vast stylistic plurality—reflects three major trends in today’s typography, as Florian Hardwig points out in his introduction. Other recurring themes that he identifies as being symptomatic for 2018 include highly conceptual projects and a quest for extreme aesthetics. At the same time there are functional fonts designed to solve specific problems.

Just like the fonts, the type designers who created them have diverse backgrounds, in terms of geography, or how they entered the field. Represented distribution models range from traditional licensing to subscriptions, free and open-sourced fonts, as well as experimental or even unfinished releases.

Designed, edited, and art directed by Swiss Typefaces
Handwriting and calligraphy by Julien Priez, and text by Florian Hardwig

Published by Swiss Typefaces, 2018

40 pages, 6 Pantone colors, offset printing, loop staples binding, 9.5 × 12.6 inches

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