Continuing with the theme of excellent foundries who are starting to embrace the “try before you buy” in a contextual sense, Grilli Type have a handful of brilliant typefaces worth test-driving for your next project.
You do need to provide some contact information to acquire the trial fonts. They’re offered up with the understanding that – should you actually end up using them in commercial work – You’ll be a champ and pony up the necessary clams to acquire an appropriate license.
Check’m here > http://www.grillitype.com/
GT Sectra; Walsheim; Presura & Haptik shown above, in that order.
30% Off Azo Sans by Rui Abreu Until October 17th, 2014.
For those considering Proxima Nova… Consider Azo instead. Similar, approachable geo-humanist vibe. Significantly less played.
Like Proxima however, Azo making a discounted appearance is extremely rare.
12 fonts for about $200 isn’t normally a thing worth getting excited about, but in this case it is. $100 saved, and an indispensable workhorse geo-sans in the toolbox for future – repeated – use.
82% Off Nexa Rust by Fontfabric Until October 16th, 2014.
Essentially a grunged-up version of the foundry’s previous releases – Nexa, and Nexa Slab – along with a grab-bag of hand-rendered script & dingbats.
83 fonts for less than $50, and though not my particular cup of tea, it may be yours. Enjoy, and tremble beneath the sheer weight and scope of the display type beast that is Nexa Rust.
In case you missed it. Dalton Maag have rolled out a fresh new site, and licensing structure for the entirety of their type library.
Licensing has been greatly simplified, with web – and app – licenses now only require an annual fee per font licensed. No pageview or download limits.
The cherry on top here, is that they’ve also rolled out “trials” in the truest sense of the word. You can essentially download any typeface – all of the styles & weights – to fiddle with in context for free.
The idea being that if you end up using it in any commercial work, you – or your client – will pony-up for an appropriate license.
50% Off Venti CF by Connary Fagen Until October 1st, 2014.
Looking for that Brandon Grotesque vibe, but feel the typeface is a bit played? Venti CF brings that Deco feel without that sneaky suspicion that you’ve, “seen this before…” I wouldn’t get too carried away with it in a heavy copy situation, but it brings enough freshness to the deco-geo table to warrant consideration in display, or short-burst usage.
$75 for 14 fonts. 7 weights & corresponding italics.
85% Off Lulo by Yellow Design Studio Until October 3rd, 2014.
Another swell novelty/layered typeface by YDS. $9 all-in, 10 fonts for your fiddling pleasure.
Lulo from Yellow Design Studio is a textured, retro, amazingly 3-dimensional font family. Endless effects can be created by adding different colors to each of the 5 stackable layers. Lulo is all-caps, and has subtle texture variation between the upper and lowercase characters so duplicate distressing in double-letters can be avoided. Other features include regular and bold weights, high-resolution texture that looks great even at large sizes, and extensive language support.
80% Off Brix Sans by HVD Until September 28th, 2014.
A bit late to the game on this one. Been out of the saddle for the last few weeks.
It took Hannes von Döhren and Livius Dietzel two years to develop and complete the Brix Sans family – the companion of the well-known Brix Slab. The approach was to design an independent type family following the rules of the “Sans-Serif” genre, harmonizing with its older sister Brix Slab from the “Slab-Serif” genre. The result is a family of 6 weights with matching italics, which works perfectly for corporate design & editorial design. Combined with Brix Slab, high and complex typographical challenges can be solved.
The Brix Sans OpenType fonts feature small caps, five variations of numerals, arrows and an extended character set to support Central and Eastern European as well as Western European languages.
63% off Voltage by Laura Worthington Until September 12th, 2014.
Another display typeface by Laura with the usual heap of swashes, alternates, etc. that typifies her work. This one brings to mind Thirsty Script – more specifically the soft variation – by Yellow Design Studio. That’s not to say they’re the same, more that they both bring a similar throwback, industro-mechanical script vibe to the table…
Though Voltage doesn’t cover the same weight/style gamut that Thirsty does, it seeks to achieve a different type of flexibility – for what it is – via an incredible amount of stylistic alternates and opentype features.
80% Off Quire Sans Pro by Jim Ford (Monotype) Until August 12th, 2014.
Only on rare occasion does Monotype discount their wares this deeply. 10 weights + italics and all the pro fixings you’d expect, but for less than $100.
Quire is both economical and versatile; renders incredibly well both large and small, and manages to carry a sense of both seriousness and approachability. For immediate comparison, Quire brings to mind Whitney by H&Co. or even the regular width Benton Sans by Font Bureau.
”My goal was to make a design that might fit in anywhere,” says Jim Ford about his Quire Sans™ typeface. “I wanted it to be highly functional and sexy at the same time.” With one foot comfortably in the realm of oldstyle design and traditional book typography, and the other in evolving electronic media, the Quire Sans family does, indeed, fit in just about anywhere. As for sexy, someone once quotably wrote, “A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.” Yes, Quire Sans is sexy, performing confidently in virtually any setting.
80% off Sailec by Type Dynamic Until September 6th, 2014.
Somewhere between the Helveticas, Futuras and Proxima Novae, exists Sailec. Sailec is neither approachable, nor offensive, but excruciatingly neutral. Which may fit the bill perfectly in cases where exhibiting any sort of character – even modestly – is undesirable.
7 weights + italics for less than $35.
Sailec is a very clean typeface inspired by type foundry of the International Typographic style. The low contrast makes it very interesting in display. The Sailec family includes 7 weights, from Hairline to Black, with their corresponding italics. Each font includes OpenType Features such as Stylistic Alternates, Proportional Figure, Tabular Figures, Numerator, Superscript, Denominators, Scientific Inferiors, Subscript, Ordinals, Ligatures and Fractions. It’s a totally neutral typeface.
50% Off True North by Cultivated Mind Until August 9th, 2014.
True North is a vintage inspired typeface with 16 styles and a monoline script. True North comes with labels, extras and free banners. Extras include wild animals, catchwords, numbers, symbols, tools, maple leaves and trees.
True North is a headline font with alternate capitals. Combine all 16 styles with the script, banners, labels and extras and you get a wonderful vintage design.
True North Script is a playful, fully-connected monoline script full of ligatures and alternate forms. Its wide range of international characters and alternate use of the power of OpenType automatically creates the feel of hand-lettering.
90% Off Adagio Sans, serif or slab by Mateusz Machalski Until September 3rd, 2014.
18 styles (9 weights + italics) for $27 per. You can score a pretty swell workhorse family here for less than $90. Which is about as ridiculous as it gets for such a functional, complimentary suite of type like this. Regardless of your particular tastes, I think you’ll find it tough to argue with what’s presented here.
The Adagio Family is a part of Mateusz Machalski’s, Warsaw Academy of fine arts Master Degree Diploma in multimedia studio, conducted by Professor Stanisław Wieczorek and his brave PHD Jakub Wróblewski. Adagio is a modern type family. It consists of 3 main varieties: sans, serif and slab. Each one of them has it’s own “true italic” set. All of the styles together have over 400 characters in 9 different thicknesses. The Adagio family was created mostly for company identities. The idea was to create a wide range of different varieties which are stylistically consistent.